I am Ambassador Luís de Almeida Sampaio, the Permanent Representative of Portugal to NATO. I would like to welcome all those who are visiting this official website and who wish to know more about this Delegation and NATO.
NATO has new headquarters. Ultramodern, energy efficient and eco-friendly facilities. In these new NATO facilities in Brussels, the Representation of Portugal accommodates in a shared space the Diplomatic and Military Missions.
It is therefore symbolic that the launch of our Delegation’s official website coincides with the move to the new NATO Headquarters.
Perhaps not everyone knows that the first NATO headquarters was in London, very close to the current Portuguese Embassy. And perhaps not everyone will know that after London, NATO "lived" in Paris, first in the Chaillot Palace and then in Porte Dauphine, and that only in 1967 came to Brussels. The temporary facilities became definitive for more than 50 years. It was time to change. And change for the better, as the video that we make available on this website well demonstrates.
Notwithstanding the new facilities, something remains intact: Portugal, a founding member of the Atlantic Alliance, is in this context a respected interlocutor and an inescapable actor of everything that is decided here and that is vital for our defence and security.
As an atlantic country, Portugal naturally sees NATO as the home of the transatlantic relationship.
Here, the three core tasks of this Alliance are built every day, as defined by the strategic concept approved in Lisbon at the 2010 Summit: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.
It is on the basis of this triad of crucial elements that Portugal plays its role in responding to the major challenges of international security in a constructive and responsible manner.
I want to thank each one of you for your interest in this website, starting today, that intends to be a living testimony of this Delegation’s work defending our national interests.