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European Union Military Committee Meets at Chiefs of Defence Level in Brussels

Szöveg: General Staff |  2017. november 8. 11:33

On 6–7 November the European Union Military Committee met at the level of Chiefs of Defence in Brussels. The Hungarian delegation – which included soldiers serving at the Office of the Military Representative of Hungary – was headed by Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő.


The main topics of the two-day meeting centered on current issues that are shaping the present and the future of the EU’s military engagements. Accordingly, defence capability development and the member states’ commitments were high on the agenda, as the latter will determine – besides the most effective cooperation possible with NATO – the autonomy of the European Union in the medium and long term in the present global security environment.

The chiefs of defence received an update on the results and present challenges of EU military operations and missions over the last six months, and they shared their military professional standpoints on extending the mandate and status of those operations.

On the margins of the meeting, the chiefs of defence of the Visegrád Four (V4) countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of a Polish-led V4 EU Battle Group, which is to be placed on standby in the second half of 2019.


As a highlight of the meeting and the concluding item on the agenda, the chiefs of defence elected Italian Chief of Defence Gen. Claudio Graziano EUMC Chairman. He will succeed incumbent EUMC Chairman Gen. Mikhail Kostarakos, who will complete his period in office in the autumn of 2018.