EU-NATO Relations: Participate in Q&A with NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu
Following the mounting security threats in the EU's neighbourhood, the issue of defence and CSDP will be addressed at the European Council in December. With this meeting in mind, Atlantic Community invites you to take part in a Q&A on EU-NATO relations with NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu. The EU-NATO relationship plays an important role in ensuring efficient defence policy. Submit your comments and questions by Sunday, November 24, 2013.
The upcoming European Council summit in December is the first heads of state level summit since 2005 to focus on the issue of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. Due to increased instability in the European neighbourhood, it is necessary that the EU adopt a proactive approach to their future defence and security mechanisms.
As an organization that has shared values, along with 22 common members, NATO is an important EU partner. But each nation only has one set of armed forces, and one set of tax-payers. And they all face tough cuts. So there is no better opportunity for NATO and the EU to work even closer together than now.
Since the Berlin Plus agreement in 2003, the EU has benefitted from the use of NATO assets and capabilities while undertaking EU-lead crisis management operations.
Atlantic Community invites you to take part in a Q&A with NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu on EU-NATO relations. Watch her exclusive video statement, which lays out NATO's expectations of the European Council summit and submit any comments and questions you might have on this topic.
Oana Lungescu is the first woman to serve as NATO spokesperson. She was appointed to that position in 2010 after a long journalistic career with the BBC World Service in London, Brussels and Berlin, where she covered EU and NATO affairs for radio, television and online. Ms Lungescu studied English and Spanish at Bucharest University.
(Watch at Youtube or read the transcript.)
Ms. Lungescu will now take your questions and comments on EU-NATO cooperation. This is a great opportunity for you to get an inside view into EU-NATO relations in the run up to the European Council's summit on EU defence in December.
Here is how it works: Questions and comments for the NATO Spokesperson should be submitted to the editorial team via email to email@example.com by Sunday, November 24. Please include your full name, country of residence, and your professional or academic affiliation (optional). Questions and comments should be on the topic of NATO-EU relations, short and precise so that we can get many of them across. The editorial team will present a broad range of the most interesting questions and comments to Oana Lungescu. We will then post her responses on atlantic-community.org with the opportunity for members to comment on them.
Atlantic Community has organized Q&As with senior NATO officials since 2009, including:
- Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General: opening video statement, answers
- Ambassador Grabar-Kitarovic, the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy: opening video statement, answers
- Mari Skaare, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security: introduction, video answers
- Adrian Kendry, Senior Defense Economist: opening video statement, answers part 1 and part 2.
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