EP calls for closer EU-NATO cooperation

The European Parliament (EP) Wednesday voted on a resolution calling for closer strategic cooperation between the European Union (EU) and NATO.

The resolution approved by 411 votes to 182 stressed that neither of the two organisation has the full range of tools to tackle new security challenges, which are increasingly less conventional and more hybrid.

In addition to improving cyber defence cooperation, the EP wants EU-NATO strategic ties to focus on strategic communication, counter-terrorism, sharing classified information, stemming irregular migration and removing obstacles to the swift movement of military personnel and assets within the EU.

In a separate resolution on cyber defence, the EP said that ne hybrid threats make it vital to reinforce EU cyber defence with a rapid cyber response team.

The resolution, passed by 476 votes to 151, noted that Russia, China and North Korea, but also non-state actors, have carried out malicious cyber attacks on critical infrastructure in the EU, engaged in cyber espionage and mass surveillance of EU citizens, run disinformation campaigns,.

It stressed that Europe’s fragmented defence strategies and capabilities have made it vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It therefore urged EU member states to enhance the ability of their armed forces to work together and to strengthen cyber cooperation at EU level, with NATO and other partners. EP rapporteur on cyber defence Umas Paet commented that “a successful cyber attack can turn a nuclear power plant into a nuclear bomb or cause chaos in a hospital, putting patients’ lives at risk. In order to defend ourselves from such threats, we need to strengthen cyber defence capabilities by boosting cooperation between Member States, the EU and NATO.

Source: Kuwait News Agency