EU Foreign Minister Mogherini congratulates Greece and North Macedonia on ‘remarkable achievement’
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, speaking at the 55th Munich Security Conference on Friday expressed her satisfaction over North Macedonia‘s forthcoming accession to NATO.
The E.U. Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini congratulated the leadership of Greece and North Macedonia for their “remarkable achievement,” and expressed the opinion that this development is definitely related to improved security conditions in the Balkan. The remarkable achievement of North Macedonia’s entry to NATO put the basis for consolidation of security conditions in the Balkans and foster growth and economic cooperation in the region.
Mrs. Moghering then stressed that this is the first time Europe is investing funds for its defence policy – a development revealing that the E.U. is ready to assume responsibility for the continent’s common security as well as for worldwide peace. The investments in question are sustainable and can be even “more efficient that a tank in a battlefield,” according to Mrs. Mogherini’s statement.
The E.U. Foreign Minister also argued about the importance of building a common European defence. The collective defence mechanism of Europe, Mrs. Mogherini added, would not undermine Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, instead, it would enhance the collective security spirit of the Transatlantic Alliance. NATO should not object Europe’s aspiration to acquire collective defence – it is a complementary addition and not a rival development to the Euro-Atlantic institution.