Meeting of Defence Minister's in February 2019
During the first session ministers discussed latest developments related to Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, e.g. INF Treaty, including its implications for the Alliance. The following session was devoted to Alliance’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture – its further coherent implementation with special focus on NATO Readiness Initiative and Alliance Reinforcement Concept. Ministers also reviewed the progress made since our last meeting in October last year and approved one of key strategic planning documents, Political Guidance 19 and thus started new cycle of NATO’s Defence Planning Process. First day concluded with working session on Burden sharing during which ministers discussed national plans to implement the Defence Investment pledge, agreed in Wales, across all three pillars – cash, capabilities and contributions.
The second day started with unformal breakfast under the auspices of United Kingdom, attended by Ukrainian defence minister Stepan Poltorak and continued with the discussion regarding the future of NATO’s International Operations and Missions. The last session was devoted to meeting with High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini as well as representatives of Sweden and Finland. Together, they focused on European Defence Initiatives and further strategic partnership and cooperation between NATO and the EU.
At the margins of the Ministerial, Minister of Defence Erjavec attended traditional ministers meeting of contributing nations to the enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia and, together with ministers of Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia, signed Letter of Intent LoI concerning Multinational Cooperation on the Creation of a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC).
At the margins of the ministerial, Minister Erjavec met with the Minister Predrag Bošković. They mainly discussed the future of the bilateral cooperation in the field of military and defence between Slovenia and Montenegro.