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Slovenia: EU Presidency Troika discusses security and defense

In the context of the EU Presidency troika, the defense ministers of Slovenia, Portugal and Germany discussed a number of security and defense topics, including the Compass Strategic Process, EU-NATO co-operation, military movement and bloc support for stabilization efforts in Mozambique, announced the Slovenian Ministry of Defense.

Matej Tonin, Joao Gomes Cravinho and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer exchanged views on the Strategic Compass in a virtual meeting, a process aimed at linking strategic and operational levels in achieving the EU’s defense and security ambitions.

Slovenian Defense Minister Tonin stressed that, being the most important political guiding document for the common security and defense policy, the Strategic Compass will be a priority during Slovenia’s EU Presidency in the second half of the year.

Following a risk analysis, EU member states are now discussing ways to set more concrete goals and recommendations for the four pillars of the Compass: crisis management, sustainability, capacity building and partnerships.

Tonin said EU-NATO co-operation would be highlighted as another priority of Slovenia’s EU presidency, especially in hybrid threats, technological development and efforts to make critical infrastructure more sustainable.

The ministers stressed that a stronger EU means a stronger NATO, in the context of which it is considered important for organizations to avoid duplication and contribute to meeting the national goals, the EU and NATO.

They agreed that the EU and NATO should deepen relations at the institutional level by exchanging information and through concrete projects in areas of common interest.

The ministers also discussed ways to improve the military movement, whose role was further emphasized during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry announced.

As for the situation in Mozambique which has witnessed attacks by Islamic groups since 2017, the EU has already expressed readiness at a political level to provide support for the country’s efforts to address the security, humanitarian and development aspects of the crisis.

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