Barroso and Van Rompuy to attend NATO Summit in Chicago

13.04.2012 - 12:23

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will take part in a NATO summit scheduled in Chicago on 20-21 May.

The Commission said in a statement that Barroso and Van Rompuy will travel to Chicago after attending the G8 summit in Camp David - the US president‘s country retreat - on 18-19 May.

Both EU leaders were present at NATO‘s last top-level meeting in Lisbon, in November 2010.

NATO and the EU cooperate in Afghanistan, the Balkans and in efforts against piracy off the coast of Somalia, but relations are complicated by longstanding tensions between NATO-member Turkey and EU-member Cyprus.

Last month, on 27 March, a conference on NATO and EU long-term commitment to Afghanistan was held at the European Parliament. There, achievements of this partnership were outlined. Signs of progress were revealed with respect to the quantitative and qualitative growth of Afghan National Security Forces and the fact that 28% of Afghan Parliamentarians are women. The evolving Afghan-international partnership has created the conditions to allow Afghan citizens to become "citizens of the world", as pointed out by Afghan Ambassador to Belgium Humayon Tandar.

The message that NATO and the EU will remain engaged in Afghanistan up to 2014 - when the ongoing process of transition to full Afghan security responsibility will be completed - and well beyond that date was made clear and plans for it to resonate at the NATO Summit are in place.

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At the same time, Georgia and Slovakia have discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, including preparations for the NATO summit in Chicago and co-operation within the framework of the ISAF.