In the context of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the
informal meeting of the EU Political Military Group was held on 19 and 20 June in Bucharest,
in an event that gathered representatives from the EU Member States, European Commission
and European External Action Service.
The debates have been dedicated to EU – NATO cooperation, with a focus on future
challenges and opportunities in the field of Parallel and Coordinated Exercises (PACE).
Accordingly, the participants had an exchange of views on the current framework of EU –
NATO cooperation, the collaboration in the field of crisis management operations, as well as
on the implementation of the PACE concept in 2017 and 2018 and the various ways for its
The Romanian representative emphasized the support of the RO Presidency for
strengthening the EU – NATO cooperation and also for an increased EU contribution to the
security and defence on the European continen