14 March, 2003
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, in his capacity as President of the EU Council of Ministers, and NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson signed the EU-NATO Security Pact in Athens on 14 March, 2003.
Papandreou thanked Lord Robertson and EU High Representative for CFSP Javier Solana for their excellent cooperation and expressed particular satisfaction over the fact that the Pact was signed during the Greek Presidency.
“The signing of the Pact underlines the confidence between the two organisations at a particularly crucial time for the Balkans and for Europe in general,” Papandreou said, adding that “it confirms our will to assume our responsibilities in an increasing number of areas, beginning with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Lord Robertson said the agreement marked a very important step in the development of ties between the two organisations, for the undertaking by the EU of military missions within the framework of CFSP in areas where NATO as a whole is not active