The European Union must become a collective member of NATO as a way of fashioning a qualitatively new relationship between the two organizations, according to former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy.
In an exclusive interview for Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) on the occasion of the 6th year since Bulgaria signed its EU accession treaty and the 20th year since the founding of the Bulgarian Atlantic Club, its President Solomon Passy put forth his view that EU's potential collective membership of NATO would enhance greatly its bid to become a global actor, a goal stipulated by the Lisbon Treaty.
"We should start thinking in a qualitatively new direction which will contribute greatly to the "globalization" of the EU. What I mean is that it will be very beneficial for the EU and international politics as a whole if the EU decides in favor of becoming a collective member of NATO, and one day achieves this goal. This will bridge to a great extent the differences within the EU between the countries which are also NATO members and those which are not," Passy declared.
He pointed out that the EU has been struggling for months, maybe years, to get a special recognition through a UN resolution in order to earn the right to vote within the UN but that such ambitions will be much easier to achieve if it has the special status of being a collective member of NATO. /Source: Sofia News Agency/