NATO

The Netherlands is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an aliance of 28 member states in North-America and Europe. NATO is a political and military organization that aims to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries by political and military means. NATO uses diplomacy, dialog, consensus and cooperation to reinforce security by reducing the risk of conflict. When no diplomatic sulution can be found the member states can vote for a military intervention. Member states share common values like democracy, freedom, solidarity, rule of law, individual liberty, stability and common heritage. The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4th, 1949 in Washington. In article 5 of the Washington Treaty it is agreed that an armed attack again against one or more members is considered as an attack against all. Also it states that if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of self-defence will assist the parties attacked, if necessary with armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area. 

NATO comprises 28 members: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

         

NATO Members