Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova RH

Press Release:

Brussels, 11 July 2018 - FM Pejčinović Burić attending NATO summit

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić is attending a summit of NATO member countries on the current political issues and security of the Euro-Atlantic space.

Pejčinović Burić participated in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on projecting security and fighting terrorism. The ministers underlined that the Alliance and Croatia as its member country would continue contributing to the strengthening of security and stability of the wider Euro-Atlantic neighbourhood.  

The first day of the summit highlighted the unity and determination of European and North American allies – underpinned by a strong transatlantic tie – in meeting the Alliance’s three key goals: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. The participants discussed collective defence, projecting stability, fighting terrorism, strengthening the partnership with the EU, Alliance modernization and defence spending.

Decisions were made to increase NATO forces readiness, align the new military governing structure, step up the war on terrorism, set up a new training mission in Iraq, improve cyber defence, overview the progress made in defence spending and inviting Macedonia to launch the membership talks.  

The session on the current challenges to the Euro-Atlantic security discussed Russia and North Korea, as well as the challenges coming from the Middle East and North Africa. The NATO leaders were joined by presidents of the European Council and European Commission, as well as Finland and Sweden. On the sidelines of the summit, a new Joint Declaration was signed.