July 2016 – BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and the presidents of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Friday signed an agreement that boosts cooperation between the two institutions to deal with new challenges including hybrid warfare, cyber attacks, and the migrant crisis. Stoltenberg said the deal was “historic” and would enable the EU and NATO to work as closely as ever.
Both organizations are able to confront these challenges on their own but form together a “formidable team,” Stoltenberg said. The deal was signed in Warsaw before the start of a NATO summit to discuss key issues including the consequences of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, immigration, relations with Russia, and the approval of the presence of four battalions in Poland and the Baltic States, which feel threatened after Moscow in 2014 annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday held a bilateral meeting with his Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo in Warsaw before attending the NATO summit. –ANSAMED