The EU leaders reaffirmed their readiness to cooperate with NATO

The European Union intends to strengthen its own defence and security, including in cooperation with the Alliance. This is stated in the Rome Declaration on the future of the European Union signed by leaders of 27 member countries in the Italian capital, reports RIA Novosti.

The document stresses that the EU “works in the UN (…), proud of its values, protect its residents, promoting free and fair trade and positive global policy”.

The day before the summit the Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydlo said that Poland may not sign the final Declaration if the document will not include items that are a priority for Warsaw. It was about strengthening the unity of the EU, cooperation with NATO, strengthening the role of national governments and the common market.

It is noted that the head of the Polish government before signing the document at the summit of froze for a few second with a pen in hand. Signature, Szydlo shrugged and smiled.

23 March in the Italian capital is hosting the summit of the EU on the occasion of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The current commemorative summit takes place without the participation of the UK. 23 Jun 2016, more than half of Britons voted for the country’s withdrawal from the EU.