On 25 May, ALDE leaders met ahead of the NATO meeting which inaugurated NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels. As stated by liberal Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Didier Reynders:
"The new headquarters … are a symbol of our renewed commitment to the collective security of the Alliance. The new headquarters are also a way to tell the world that NATO is an organisation that can adjust to circumstances in a fast changing and complex security environment and to tell our challengers: 'We are here to stay'."
Liberal Prime Ministers as well as Didier Reynders and Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert discussed the main topics to be discussed at the NATO meeting which were the fight against terrorism and burden sharing.
At the NATO meeting, world leaders agreed that NATO will become a full member of the Global Coalition to counter ISIS. The alliance also decided to establish a terrorism intelligence cell within NATO’s new Intelligence Division allowing for improved sharing of information among the allies. Also they agreed to develop annual national plans, setting out how allies intend to meet the defence investment pledge made in 2014.
List of participants
Hans van Baalen MEP, ALDE Party President
Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium
Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Belgium
Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Defence Minister of the Netherlands
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