175th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session – NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

Media Advisory

  • 18 May. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 10 May. 2016 14:03

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session on 18 May 2016, at the NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, will preside over the meeting. The Chiefs of Defence will discuss long term adaptation, NATO’s strengthened defence and deterrence posture and the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan. They will also review the way forward for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan and meet with their Interoperability Platform counterparts as well as with Georgia and Ukraine.

In their first session, the Chiefs of Defence will discuss and provide advice on the deterrence and defence related work ahead of the Foreign and Defence Ministers’ meetings. During the RESOLUTE SUPPORT session Chiefs of Defence will be briefed on the current status of the Mission and security situation on the ground.

The afternoon sessions will centre on Partnerships. During the meeting with the Interoperability Platform Partner Nations, the Chiefs of Defence will deliberate on ways to further enhance interoperability and the elements required to project stability.

The meeting with Georgia will focus on continued defence reform progress and how to develop the already close cooperation between NATO and Georgia. The session with Ukraine will provide an opportunity for an update on the security situation in and around Ukraine and assess the progress of the security and defence sector reforms.

General Petr Pavel will be supported in each session by General Curtis Scaparrotti (Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, SACT). 

The Military Committee meets twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, at the level of Chiefs of Defence to discuss NATO operations and missions and provide the North Atlantic Council with consensus-based military advice on how the Alliance can best meet global security challenges, and once a year they meet in an Allied member country.  On a day-to-day basis, their work is carried out by permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Media Opportunities

Wednesday 18 May 2016

07:30-07:45               Media Pool pick up in the NATO Press Area

08:00-08:10               175th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session – Public Opening remarks by General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

18:30-19:00               Joint Press Conference in the Luns Theatre with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC), General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation (SACT)


Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available online at www.nato.int/ims shortly after each meeting.  The Joint Press Conference will be made available on the NATO website after the event, on request by broadcasters through EBU and after the event by contacting content@natochannel.tv


Media representatives holding a valid 2016 NATO Media pass will have access as usual to the NATO HQ. Media representatives not in possession of a 2016 NATO Media pass and wishing to attend the media opportunities available are invited to contact the NATO IMS Public Affairs Office via email or fax  (steenson.elizabeth@hq.nato.int , fax number + 32 2 707 5713) with a completed accreditation form no later than 1700 on 12 May 2016

Media passes will not be mailed to applicants; they must be collected in person upon presentation of an ID card or passport and a valid national press pass (or accreditation letter from a recognized media organization). Media representatives will be given their accreditation at the Main Entrance of NATO Headquarters. Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. Media representatives are informed that security personnel will examine and may test equipment and personal effects carried onto the site and are advised to arrive with sufficient lead time to clear security checks.


Points of contact for the Chairman of the Military Committee:

Dr Eva Svobodova, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 2 707 59 83

E-Mail: svobodova.eva@hq.nato.int

General press arrangements:

Ms. Elizabeth Steenson, Public Affairs Officer
Tel: +32 2 707 54 22

E-Mail: steenson.elizabeth@hq.nato.int