Today, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna took part in a public discussion of the New Europe Center titled "Ukraine-NATO. Enhanced Partnership: What's Next?"
"Since the Revolution of Dignity, we have significantly improved and developed our cooperation with NATO, which ultimately allowed Ukraine to gain the status of an Enhanced Opportunities Partner (EOP). This should intensify security and defense sector reform, increase Ukraine's participation in NATO exercises, and interact with the Alliance in all sectoral areas. Given that a new 10-year NATO strategy is being developed, Ukraine expects to see the prospect of obtaining a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) there," said Olha Stefanishyna, outlining Ukraine's significant progress in partnership with the North Atlantic Alliance.
In her speech, the Deputy Prime Minister voiced Ukraine's priorities in pursuing the Euro-Atlantic integration course and stressed the need for all internal transformations that will allow to take full advantage of EOP and to bring the MAP obtaining closer.
"Today we have already started a huge work together with the Security Service of Ukraine and the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection for the transition to NATO standards in the field of closed data, information systems. The Verkhovna Rada has passed laws on defense procurement and intelligence. The next steps are the adoption of the law on the Security Service of Ukraine and the completion of work on parliamentary oversight and control over the security and defense sector," said Olha Stefanishyna.
Expanding cooperation with NATO in the framework of the EOP. Over the past four months, the Government has worked out proposals on the content of the partnership within the Commission for the Coordination of Euro-Atlantic Integration and submitted them to the President for consideration. Once the proposals have been agreed by the President, they will be directed to NATO Headquarters and Allies for consideration and joint program development.
"Under the EOP, Ukraine sees its contribution to strengthening the security strategy in the Black Sea area and combating hybrid threats. We are now talking about the establishment of the Center for Sustainability as a state think tank, which will accumulate such expertise and develop methodologies," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
The materialization of NATO's "open door policy" in NATO's 2030 strategy.
The "open door policy" should be reflected in the NATO 2030 strategy and, in particular, in the framework of the NATO summit in July 2021. Obviously, we also need to work on a new NATO approach to partner policy, "One partner - one plan". This will allow more effective systematization of cooperation with the Alliance within the scope of joint programs, various projects and trust funds," added Olha Stefanishyna.