Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT).

The EU and NATO have founded their long-standing partnership, in an environment shaped by common principles and values. The European Parliament and NATO engage frequently in active dialogue in order to deepen mutual understanding and consolidate cooperation.

Composed of 10 Members from the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), the European Parliament Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO's aim is to convey the positions of the European Parliament with a view to further developing the relationship between the EU and NATO, while respecting the independent nature of both organisations.

DNAT's role is particularly relevant in addressing common challenges facing both the EU and NATO that include: countering hybrid threats; operational cooperation; cyber security and defence; defence capabilities; the defence industry and research; exercises; supporting the capacity-building efforts undertaken by Eastern and Southern partners.

My commitment throughout the new parliamentary term is to work towards strengthening the relations between the European Parliament and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Further, as Chair the Delegation I shall be planning to organise an extended range of activities focusing on the parliamentary dimension of defence and on how to address common challenges in the most efficient manner.

Tom VANDENKENDELAERE

2024 European elections - 6 to 9 June 2024

10-06-2024 - 12:34
Tom Vandenkendelaere, DNAT Chair - Mazaly Aguilar, Sándor Rónai, DNAT Members
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Citizens in the EU Member States will elect their representatives to the European Parliament during the European elections of 6 to 9 June. The newly elected Members, representing EU citizens until 2029, will meet in July to elect their President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors. They will decide on the composition of Parliament's standing and sub committees - thereby launching the new legislative term. The committees will then hold their first meetings to elect their respective Chairs and Vice-Chairs.


Recent activities:

NATO PA - Spring Session
The NATO PA Spring Session is scheduled to take place from 24-27 May 2024 in Sofia (Bulgaria).
SEDE in association with DNAT - 14 February 2024
The Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT) held an exchange of views with Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, on 14 February 2024.The meeting agenda can be found here.NATO PA - Rose-Roth Seminar - 23 and 24 October 2023
A two-Member Delegation participated in the NATO PA Rose-Roth Seminar of 23 and 24 October 2023 in Stockholm (Sweden). For further information please see below or under this link.
NATO PA - 69th Annual Session
The 69th Annual Session of the NATO PA took place from 6 to 10 October 2023 in Copenhagen (Denmark). Further information can be found on the NATO PA website.
Extraordinary Joint AFET/SEDE meeting in association with DNAT - 7 September 2023
AFET and SEDE in association with DNAT hold an exchange of views with Jens STOLTENBERG, NATO Secretary General on 7 September 2023 in Brussels.

NATO PA Rose-Roth Seminar - 23 and 24 October 2023, Stockholm (Sweden)

04-03-2024 - 12:23
DNAT: NATO PA Rose-Roth Seminar - 23/24 October 2023 Stockholm
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DNAT Chair Tom Vandenkendelaere and DNAT Member Sándor Rónai attended the Rose-Roth-Seminar in Stockholm, 23-24 October 2023. NATO PA parliamentarians held insightful discussions on the challenges facing the Transatlantic community and NATO partners at risk such as Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova or Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two-days seminar brought together more than 100 participants from national parliaments, governments, the diplomatic community and academia and it was also addressed by former Swedish Prime and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, prominent members of the current government of Sweden (Foreign, Defence and EU Affairs Ministers) and the Chair of the NATO Military Committee. The programme was supplemented by a visit to the Livgardet (Life Guards Regiment), the largest unit of the Swedish Armed Forces.

Latest news

25-02-2022 - 17:02
Statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine

As the Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the NATO PA I condemn in the strongest possible terms the reckless act of aggression by the Russian Federation against an independent and sovereign Ukraine. President Putin's brutal war against military installations and civilian targets of a democratic European state is totally unjustified and already caused severe pain and numerous lives. It is in flagrant violation of international law and an attack also on European security and the rules-based world order. We demand Russia to stop this war immediately and retreat from Ukraine! European Union Member States and NATO allies do not stand idle in front of such unprecedented aggression but act in exemplary unity and determination. President Putin's Russia is being hit by severe response from the Transatlantic community and we won't stop multiplying our efforts till we bring this madness to an end. We stand by our Ukrainian friends in these dark hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brave citizens on the streets of Kyiv, Kharkiv and elsewhere in Ukraine. Long live Free Ukraine!
Tom VANDENKENDELAERE

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