NATO summit

A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for heads of state and heads of government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.[1]

NATO summits are not regular meetings like the more frequent NATO ministerial meetings, but rather are important junctures in the alliance's decision-making process on the highest level. Summits are often used to introduce new policy, invite new members into the alliance, launch major new initiatives, and build partnerships with non-NATO countries.

List of NATO summitsEdit

From the founding of NATO in 1949, there have been a total of thirty NATO summits; the last of which was the UK summit in Watford held in December 2019. Only the traditional summits have received an official number, thereby excluding the exceptional summit of 2001 in NATO headquarters.[2]

NATO Summits
Year Dates Country City Host leader
1957 16–19 December   France Paris President René Coty
1974 26 June   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Leo Tindemans
1975 29–30 May   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Leo Tindemans
1977 10–11 May   United Kingdom London Prime Minister James Callaghan
1978 30–31 May   United States Washington, D.C. President Jimmy Carter
1982 10 June   West Germany Bonn Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
1985 21 November   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Wilfried Martens
1988 2–3 March   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Wilfried Martens
1989 29–30 May   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Wilfried Martens
1989 4 December   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Wilfried Martens
1990 5–6 July   United Kingdom London Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
1991 7–8 November   Italy Rome Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
1994 10–11 January   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene
1997 27 May   France Paris President Jacques Chirac
1997 8–9 July   Spain Madrid Prime Minister José María Aznar
1999 23–25 April   United States Washington, D.C. President Bill Clinton
20011 13 June   Belgium Brussels Secretary General George Robertson
2002 28 May   Italy Rome Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
2002 21–22 November   Czech Republic Prague Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla
2004 28–29 June   Turkey Istanbul Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
2005 22 February   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt
2006 28–29 November   Latvia Riga Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis
2008 2–4 April   Romania Bucharest President Traian Băsescu
2009 2–3 April   France
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Chancellor Angela Merkel
2010 19–20 November   Portugal Lisbon Prime Minister José Sócrates
2012 20–21 May   United States Chicago President Barack Obama
2014 4–5 September   United Kingdom Newport and Cardiff Prime Minister David Cameron
2016 8–9 July   Poland Warsaw President Andrzej Duda
2017 25 May   Belgium Brussels Prime Minister Charles Michel
2018 11–12 July   Belgium Brussels Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
2019 3–4 December   United Kingdom Watford Prime Minister Boris Johnson
1 Extraordinary summit hosted at NATO headquarters

Source: NATO, Summits & Ministerial Meetings (until 2009)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NATO Summit Meetings". NATO. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ "NATO Summit Meetings". NATO. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.