EU-NATO cooperation: Council welcomes progress made
Council conclusions on Progress report on the implementation of the common set of proposals endorsed by EU and NATO Ministers on 6 December 2016
1. The Council recalls its conclusions of 6 December 2016 on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (15283/16).
2. The Council welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the common set of proposals (42 actions) and in this regard acknowledges the report submitted jointly by the High Representative/Vice President/Head of the European Defence Agency and the Secretary General of NATO in accordance with paragraph 9 of the Council Conclusions of 6 December 2016.
3. The Council calls for continued progress on implementation of the common set of proposals and looks forward to receiving the next report, including possible suggestions for future cooperation, in December 2017.
4. The Council reaffirms that EU-NATO cooperation will continue to take place in the spirit of full openness and transparency, in full respect of the decision-making autonomy and procedures of both organisations and in close cooperation with and full involvement of Member States . It will be based on the principles of inclusiveness and reciprocity without prejudice to the specific character of the security and defence policy of any Member State. The Council recalls that NATO cooperation with the non-NATO EU Member States is an integral part of EU-NATO cooperation and in this regard, the Council welcomes the positive contribution of non-NATO EU Member States to NATO activities. Such activities are an integral part of EU-NATO cooperation and the Council strongly supports their continuation.