The NATO headquarters in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, hosts the heads of state and government of 30 allied countries that will meet with a busy agenda.
Among the main topics of the NATO Summit are the decisions on the Alliance’s roadmap for the next 10 years, NATO’s strategic concept, Russia, the rise of China, the impact of climate change on security, cyber threats and disruptive technologies, and the termination of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. has the title.
Thousands of officials and journalists from 30 countries came to Brussels for this intense meeting, which was held for the first time after the last NATO Summit meeting held in the UK on 3-4 December 2019. Delegations will hold talks at NATO headquarters with strict security and epidemic measures.
Due to the summit, many roads on the route of leaders to NATO headquarters in Brussels were closed. Belgian security forces also took extensive security measures both in the hotels where the leaders and delegations would stay, and around the NATO headquarters. Belgian authorities reported that at least 2,000 security guards were on duty for this purpose. Changes were also made to some public transport routes in the city.
NATO employees vaccinated
The measures taken for the COVID-19 outbreak were also tightened at NATO headquarters for the summit meeting. The members of the delegation who will attend the summit and the meetings within this framework were asked to have PCR tests done.
Employees at NATO headquarters were also vaccinated weeks ago. The vaccines were supplied by Poland from the member states. Dozens of health workers who came from Poland for vaccination have vaccinated about 3,500 people working at NATO headquarters since March.
In addition, many of the people who will be at NATO headquarters during the meetings were requested to use specially produced FFP2 type masks. Hand sanitizers were placed in many places in the facilities that will host the meetings. There were officers at the building entrances who took the temperature of everyone.
The number of accredited journalists was limited.
About 600 journalists from many countries of the world follow the NATO Summit. Although this number was much higher at previous summits, this time the number of accredited journalists was limited within the framework of epidemic measures.
An area behind the headquarters building has been allocated for media members to work. Working areas were prepared by paying attention to social distance in the large media center established.
Journalists were asked to provide a negative PCR test result at most 4 days before the summit. It was stated that those who do not present this will not be accredited. In addition, journalists were required to wear FFP2 masks while they were at headquarters during the summit.