As NATO leaders are set to invite Finland and Sweden to join NATO, the European People’s Party (EPP) President Manfred WEBER made the following statement on the instrumental role of EPP member parties in this process, Kokoomus and Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit in Finland, as well as Moderaterna and Kristdemokraterna in Sweden: "As Finland and Sweden will join NATO, I would like to commend Kokoomus and Moderaterna for their true vision for the security of their country and their citizens. This achievement is in no small part the result of the determination of EPP leaders Petteri ORPO and Ulf KRISTERSSON and our member parties who have always placed their people at the heart of their actions. It is thanks to them that today Finland and Sweden are stronger and safer. This is an EPP success." Petteri ORPO, President of Kokoomus and EPP Vice-President added: "The EPP has vigorously supported Finnish and Swedish NATO memberships and Kokoomus has been the strongest advocate for NATO accession in Finland. Now the road is open. Finland and Sweden in NATO will not only strengthen the alliance itself, but also the whole European Union and European security." Ulf KRISTERSSON, President of Moderaterna declared: "No nation is stronger alone than it is united with friends and allies. This conviction once guided Moderaterna towards membership in the European Union and remains the core belief that has inspired our efforts to join NATO. We are delighted that they have finally borne fruit and we are most grateful to our esteemed colleagues in the EPP who helped pave the way to NATO membership. Stronger together!"

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The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 81 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, President of the European Parliament, 7 EU and 3 non-EU heads of state and government, 9 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.