MONS, Belgium – In an effort to increase cooperation and enhance security, European Union Military Staff (EUMS) director general, Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe and United States European Command (EUCOM) commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove signed an administrative arrangement today in Mons, Belgium to facilitate the exchange of information and cooperation between both organizations.
The formal agreement described the primary roles and responsibilities in crisis management. This is a notable step to increase the ability of the U.S. and EU to work together in security matters. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Gardner, attended the signing ceremony and remarked, “At the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit, the U.S. and the EU pledged to enhance practical EU-U.S. security and crisis response management cooperation. I’m thrilled to see that pledge become a reality with the signing of this Administrative Arrangement. The U.S. Mission to the EU will continue to advance U.S.-EU foreign policy partnership to assist in facing common threats, providing humanitarian assistance, and furthering other common areas of interest.”
“This is a significant step to advance our security and defense efforts, and our mutual Trans-Atlantic security objectives,” said Breedlove. “I am honored to join Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe today and I look forward to strengthening the relationships with the EU and expanding our cooperative efforts,” he added. “This is a marker of progress in intensifying EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) partnerships, as advocated by the European Council.
The EU is determined to enhance its security and defense cooperation, including military-to-military relations, with its reliable, strategic partner, the U.S.,” said Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service for CSDP.
“The ‘enduring alliance’ across the Atlantic is needed more than ever in the current international security environment,” Serrano added. Since 2011, EUMS and EUCOM have increased cooperation through strengthening ties and developing a working partnership.
This new arrangement draws on the precedent set by the Letters of Agreement signed in 2013 by DG EUMS with the European Land Forces Interoperability Centre (FINABEL) and the European Air Group (EAG).
For more information about this administrative agreement,
please contact the EU Military Staff – External Relations at +32 2 584 2507, or the U.S. Mission to the European Union, Press Office at +32 2 811 4000.