Ministero della Difesa

NATO: Brussels Summit Closes Today

Brussels 12 July 2018

Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, with President of the Council of Ministers Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, attended the NATO Summit that has taken place today and yesterday at the new Brussels Headquarters

"At the NATO Summit I have expressed our request for a more versatile and flexible Alliance, ready to look east and south, i.e. the Mediterranean, a complex region of strategic importance for our country".

The statement by Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta was issued on the occasion of the  NATO Summit that has taken place yesterday and today at Brussel's new headquarters. The Defence Minister has taken part in the Summit with Italian President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, and Foreign Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

"We want NATO to provide greater support also to the EU in tackling major challenges, such as terrorism  and human trafficking", she said.

A more strategic approach on the southern flank will allow increasing NATO's general level of security by both strengthening its defence and deterrence posture and contributing to projecting stability and fighting terrorism.

The Regional Hub for the South also falls within this framework. At the end of the Summit the Hub has been declared fully operational.  

An "excellent result", the Minister noted. "We believe that NATO would gain strength by granting greater political support to its partners, thus offering a more solid security framework".  

As regards burden sharing, in Brussels Minister Trenta reiterated the need to implement a comprehensive, rather than selective assessment, in order to get "an appropriate assessment of the contributing effort".

In this perspective, during the second session of the NATO Summit, Trenta asked for the expenditures incurred by Italy to ensure cyber resilience to  be included in the  2% (as compared to the GDP) defence investment pledge: "This investment regards both the civilian and military sectors: our objective is to have Italian efforts aimed at strengthening domestic security included in the 2% ".

 "This, of course, must be true for every single Nation, because the security of each and all of us is the security of the Alliance. Therefore – she concluded- I hope that all cyber security efforts and relevant resources be fully included in our defence expenditures".

In the margins of the summit Minister Trenta, with her counterparts from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Turkey, has signed the "Maritime Unmanned System" Letter of Intent.  

Moreover, within the framework of multinational cooperation, the Defence Minister has signed the Land Battle Decisive Munitions MoU (signed also by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the Republic of Northern Macedonia).

Italy, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain have also signed a similar document, the "Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions" Letter of Intent.