On 7-8 April, NATO capability planning negotiations were held at the Ministry of Defence to discuss with NATO the current state of Estonia’s military defence and civilian resilience, as well as future plans.
As a result of biennial consultations with each Ally, NATO produces an aggregate assessment of how the capabilities developed by countries as a whole support NATO’s collective defence objectives and assesses the extent to which national plans are consistent with NATO’s overall political ambitions. The detailed assessment document for Estonia will be endorsed at the autumn meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence.
“According to NATO, Estonia’s massive increase of EUR 816 million in defence spending is exceptional within the context of NATO. Especially since the size of the reinforcement package is larger than Estonia’s annual defence budget,” said Tiina Uudeberg, Undersecretary for Defence Planning at the Ministry of Defence. “In the context of capability development, NATO considers it important that Estonia’s capability objectives are fully and properly implemented and we have taken them into account in our plans,” she added.
In addition, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet awarded the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, to NATO Director of Defence Planning Paul Savereux for his outstanding and long-term dedicated contribution to the integration of Estonian defence planning and capability development processes with the NATO defence planning process.
Photo of the award ceremony: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaitseministeerium_mod_estonia/51990225066
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