Secretary General: NATO and the EU working closer together than ever before


Calling the European Union “an essential partner for NATO,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed closer cooperation between the European Union and NATO. Addressing the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence on Tuesday (23 February 2016), he noted that 90% of the European Union’s citizens are also citizens of NATO Allies, which underscores the importance of the relationship.

Security of the Astravyets nuclear power plant – concern for the whole EU

Monday, February 22, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the EU’s energy union. The meeting placed special emphasis on issues concerning the security of the Astravyets nuclear power plant being built in Lithuania’s and the EU’s neighborhood and the synchronization of Baltic electricity grids with continental Europe.

Kazakhstan Committed to Competitive, Transparent and Fair Elections, Foreign Minister Says


Kazakhstan is committed to holding competitive, transparent and fair elections, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said at a Feb. 17 meeting with the head of the observation mission for early parliamentary elections from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).