The Minister of National Defence Mr Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos participates in the European Union’s “Strategic Compass” Workshop in Brussels

October 22, 2021

The Minister of National Defence Mr Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos participated yesterday, Thursday 21 October 2021, in the European Union’s “Strategic Compass” Workshop, which took place at the premises of the European Commission, in Brussels.

The Workshop was conducted after an invitation by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mr Josep Borrell. Its aim was to focus on the main issues which will be included in the “Strategic Compass” document, based on its four pillars (Crises Management, Resilience, Capabilities Development, Cooperation with Partners), with the purpose of making the EU a reliable Security and Stability Provider for the member-states and its citizens.

During his address, the Minister of National Defence stressed, among other things, that the “Strategic Compass” must set clear goals and provide proper political guidance. In this context, he underlined that the Threat Analysis constitutes the foundation for the “Strategic Compass”, since every member-state faces different threats and challenges, which on one hand include hybrid threats (misinformation, use of refugee and migration flows as tools and spread of extremist ideologies) and on the other hand dispute of its territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as sovereign rights. Their countering must constitute top priority for the EU, in the context of the principles of mutuality and solidarity.

Furthermore, he stressed that every possible effort must be made, so as to improve the flexibility of the EU, aiming to enhance its operational readiness, under the condition of complying with the rule of unanimity on Issues of Defence and Security. Finally, he stressed that the productive partnership of the EU with ΝΑΤΟ is necessary, based on the principles of inclusion, transparency, mutuality and respect of the two Organisations’ autonomy.