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Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Defence Ministers: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Tuesday (13 February 2018) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. On Wednesday and Thursday, Allies will take decisions to prepare for the Summit of NATO leaders in July. Ministers will address a range of issues, including NATO’s Command Structure, fair burden-sharing, cooperation with the EU, and the Alliance’s role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism.

On Wednesday, ministers will take decisions to modernise the NATO Command Structure. They are expected to agree to establish a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic, and a new support command to improve the rapid movement of troops and equipment within Europe.

Fair burden-sharing will also be high on the agenda. In 2014, Allies agreed to move towards spending 2% of GDP on defence; invest more in key capabilities and equipment; and to contribute personnel to NATO missions and operations. The Secretary General stressed that Allies are stepping up in all three areas – cash, capabilities and contributions.

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Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Defence Ministers: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Tuesday (13 February 2018) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. On Wednesday and Thursday, Allies will take decisions to prepare for the Summit of NATO leaders in July. Ministers will address a range of issues, including NATO’s Command Structure, fair burden-sharing, cooperation with the EU, and the Alliance’s role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism.On Wednesday, ministers will take decisions to modernise the NATO Command Structure. They are expected to agree to establish a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic, and a new support command to improve the rapid movement of troops and equipment within Europe.Fair burden-sharing will also be high on the agenda. In 2014, Allies agreed to move towards spending 2% of GDP on defence; invest more in key capabilities and equipment; and to contribute personnel to NATO missions and operations. The Secretary General stressed that Allies are stepping up in all three areas – cash, capabilities and contributions.