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European Union Military Committee (EUMC)

The European Union Military Committee (EUMC)

The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) is the highest military body set up within the Council (COUNCIL DECISION of 22 January 2001) setting up the Military Committee of the European Union.

It is composed of the Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of the Member States, who are regularly represented by their permanent Military Representatives (MilReps).

The EUMC provides the Political and Security Committee (PSC) with advice and recommendations on all military matters within the EU.

Namely, in crisis management situations Upon the PSC's request, it issues an Initiating Directive to the Director General of the EUMS (DGEUMS) to draw up and present strategic military options. It evaluates the strategic military options developed by the EUMS and forwards them to the PSC together with its evaluation and military advice. On the basis of the military option selected by the Council, it authorises an Initial Planning Directive for the Operation Commander.

Based upon the EUMS evaluation, it provides advice and recommendation to the PSC:

  • on the Concept of Operations (Conops) developed by the Operation Commander,
  • on the draft Operation Plan (OPLAN) drawn up by the Operation Commander.

During an operation, the EUMC monitors the proper execution of military operations conducted under the responsibility of the Operation Commander.

The EUMC has a permanent Chairman, selected by the Chiefs of Defence of the Member States and appointed by the Council for three years.