Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took part in the second session of the European Council

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took part in the second day of the EU leaders’ video conference, which centered on security and defence, as well as the Southern Neighbourhood.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg joined the first stage of the video conference. There was an exchange of views on the relations between the EU and NATO, in the light of the Biden administration’s commitment to strengthening Euro-Atlantic ties.

The Prime Minister supported the strategy to increase the EU’s capacity to act autonomously, in order to deal with traditional security threats as well as new challenges, such as cybersecurity and hybrid threats.

Mr Mitsotakis agreed on the need for cooperation between the EU and NATO, in accordance with the principles and procedures stipulated by the Treaties of both Organizations, including the self-evident principle of good neighborliness that must govern the relations between allies.

As far as the Southern Neighbourhood is concerned, the Prime Minister advocated for the need to initiate as quickly as possible the implementation of actions that have already been endorsed, in order to boost cooperation between the two sides of the Mediterranean Sea.