NATO Summit held on 8-9 July 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

natoOn 8-9 July, Poland hosted the biennial NATO summit meeting.  Discussions focused on projecting stability to the East and to the South and on Afghanistan.

European Council President, Donald Tusk, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative Federica Mogherini represented the European Union at the summit.

In the margins of the summit, President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker met US President Barack Obama for an EU-US leaders meeting. The EU and NATO signed a joint declaration.

NATO summit

On stability in the East, the EU highlighted its contribution to restoring security in Eastern Europe. The summit was an opportunity to map what can be done together or in coordination with NATO. On stability in the South the EU underlined its role in countering Da’esh, its efforts supporting the government of national accord in Libya and its continued support to strengthen the EU-G5 Sahel partnership. Finally, on Afghanistan, the EU highlighted progress made and the international responsibility to continue to contribute to stability in the country.

EU-NATO joint declaration

On Friday, the EU and NATO signed a joint declaration on increasing practical cooperation in selected areas. These include:

  • countering hybrid threats, including through the development of coordinated procedures
  • operational cooperation at sea and on migration
  • coordination on cyber security and defence
  • developing coherent, complementary and interoperable defence capabilities
  • facilitating a stronger defence industry and greater defence research
  • stepping up coordination on exercises
  • building the defence and security capability of the partners in the East and South

EU-US leaders’ meeting

At their meeting on Friday morning, leaders underlined the need for transatlantic unity and discussed cooperation across a range of priorities. These priorities include counter-terrorism, strengthening economic growth and addressing the global refugee crisis.  Leaders also reflected on the global consequences of the UK referendum.


There have been 26 NATO summits since 1949. The last one took place on 4-5 September 2014 in the United Kingdom. These meetings are attended by the heads of state and government of NATO members and chaired by NATO’s Secretary General. The EU is regularly invited to attend these summits.