European Union External Action

EU Military Committee at the Chiefs of Defence level

Bruxelles, 16/05/2017 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 170517_8
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The EU Chiefs of Defence met today, at the EU Council building in Brussels, for their first Military Committee meeting in 2017.

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission (HR/VP), Federica Mogherini, updated the CHODs on the implementation of the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security policy and the European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Pedro Serrano, had an exchange of view with the EU Chiefs of Defence on the topics of EU/NATO Cooperation, Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), Coordinated Annual Review of Defence (CARD) and EU Battle Groups (EUBGs).

The Director General of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen, briefed the CHODs on the EUMS Work streams, the military implications connected with the implementation of the Global Strategy and on the state of play of the implementation of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC). The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss EU/NATO Cooperation with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis Scapparrotti, and exchange on sensitive topics, like Cyber defence, with the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), Ambassador Jorge Domecq.

As guest speaker, the Ukraine Chief of Defence, General Viktor Muzhenko, provided the 28 EU Chiefs of Defence with an overview on the current situation and the defence landscape in his country, and CHODs from Partner Nations, namely, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, were invited to discuss topics of common interest.

In a following panel, Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen, designated MPCC Director, presented key points on MPCC and, following, the Commander US Africom, General U.S. Marine Corps Thomas Waldhauser, and the Central Africa Republic Chief of Defence, Brigadier General Ludovic Ngaïfeï, discussed on the topic of EU Training and Advisory Missions.

Within a specific session dedicated to the EU Military Operations, General Sir James Everard, EUFOR ALTHEA Operation Commander, Major General Robert Magowan,

EUNAVFOR ATALANTA Operation Commander, and Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EUNAVFOR MED Operation Commander, briefed the Committee on key forward looking concerns.

In conclusion, the 28 EU CHODs discussed the EUMC Strategic Priorities and the Chairman shared with them his working plan for the next six months, until November 2017.

 

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For further details:

Chairman's EUMC communication office

Lieutenant Colonel Marcelvito Danisi +32 584 57 49 - +32 475 300 290 – Marcelvito.DANISI@eeas.europa.eu

Colonel Nikolaos Cholevas +32 584 53 33 - +32 470 663677 - Nikolaos.CHOLEVAS@ext.eeas.europa.eu