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.


Latest news

01-05-2023 - 21:40
DNAT Chair Tom Vandenkendelaere at the 67th Session of the NATO PA Lisbon - 11 October 2021
DNAT Chair Tom Vandenkendelaere - 67th NATO PA Session Lisbon 11 October 2021 © European Union (2021) - European Parliament / Gerrard Quille
Next meeting:

The NATO PA Spring Session is scheduled to take place from 19 to 22 May 2023 in Luxembourg (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg).

Further information can be found on the NATO PA website.


Recent activities:

SEDE in assocation with DNAT: Public hearing on EU-NATO cooperation - 25 April 2023

The Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) - in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO PA (DNAT) - held a public hearing on 'EU-NATO cooperation: follow-up of Madrid Summit and 3rd Joint Declaration' on Tuesday, 25 April 2023 in Brussels.

Joint DMED/DNAT meeting - 19 January 2023
A joint meeting of the Delegation to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Parliamentary Assembly (DMED) and the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT) took place on Thursday, 19 January 2023 in Strasbourg, discussing EU-NATO cooperation in the Mediterranean region with· Nina SOLJAN, Head of Section for NATO Affairs and Security Policy - NASP· Alison WESTON, Head of Partnership and Task force NATO's division of the European External Action Service.
NATO PA - 68th Annual Session
The 68th Annual Session of the NATO PA took place from 18 to 21 November 2022 in Madrid (Spain). Further information can be found on the NATO PA website.

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!