On 16 November 2021, the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (IMS), Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann welcomed the Deputy Director General of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), Lieutenant General Giovanni Manione and his staff to NATO HQ for the second IMS-EUMS bi-annual meeting.
…Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wierman welcomed participants back to NATO HQ for the first IMS-EUMS in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic….For his part, Lieutenant General Giovanni Manione opened the meeting on behalf of Vice Admiral Hervé Blejean, the Director General of the European Union Military Staff and thanked Lieutenant General Wiermann for the warm welcome….
Today’s meeting provided a forum for both Directors General and their respective staffs to report on the progress of the tasks in the joint work plan agreed by the EUMS – IMS as well as exchange views and discuss the ongoing cooperation between NATO and the EU. One of the key issues discussed was the development of the two strategic reflections, for the EU its Strategic Compass and for NATO, the renewal of its Strategic Concept. Each organisation briefed on the reflection process and the ongoing development of their own strategies, which led to a discussion on the importance of complementarity and cohesion between both documents.
The agenda also included a briefing by the EEAS Security and Defence Policy Branch on monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the NATO-EU Joint Declarations…..With 21 common members, the security of the EU and NATO is clearly inter-connected and working together on key issues only strengthens their common response.
This was followed by a briefing from the Supreme Allied Command Transformation on the NATO’s Space activities….NATO has declared space an operational domain alongside air, land, sea and cyber and also established a NATO Space Centre in Germany.
On Tuesday, 16 November 2021, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Mircea Geoană will meet with the European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Mr Olivér Várhelyi, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.