"NATO-EU relations": the purpose is (or should be) to identify ways on how to make this relation more "productive" (on purpose the term “improving” is not used because in that case a multitude of (more or less competent) important actors will underline that the relation is good (enough).

Now that the "Lisbon treaty" has been ratified by all and is, in stages, being implemented also in the field of "Security and Defense" some steps forward need to be identified and, if at all possible, taken.

This is an effort to present in a structured layered way the areas to be looked at from a NATO’s point of view.

At the NAC/IS (North Atlantic Council / International Staff) - MC/IMS (Military Committee / International Military Staff) level:

At the ACT (Allied Command Transformation) level:

At the ACO (Allied Command Operations) level:

Of course, as far as "Security and Defense" is concerned, the "Lisbon Treaty" asks to address more than the relations with NATO (the "Permanent Structured Cooperation", the "Capability for the Projection of Forces", the "Preservation of a European Defense Industry", the "European Defense Agency",...) and a great number of bilateral and multilateral initiatives born out of practical necessities are creating a bottom up push indicative of what the future holds (to be related to the idea of "niche capacities" for smaller Nations).

Willy Herteleer 2009.12.21