NATO Military Committee Conference - Split, Croatia

Media Advisory

  • 16 Sep. 2016 - 18 Sep. 2016
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  • Last updated: 09 Sep. 2016 14:13

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHoDs) Session from 16-18 September 2016, in Split, Croatia. The Meeting will be hosted by the Croatian Chief of the General Staff, General Mirko Šundov.

The Chiefs of Defence will discuss implementing the decisions taken by NATO Heads of State and Government at the recent NATO Summit held in Warsaw in July 2016. They will review key aspects of ongoing and forthcoming tasks in order to provide additional guidance and direction. The CHoDs will also assess and exchange views on NATO Operations, Missions and Activities.

The meeting will be chaired by General Petr Pavel, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.  He will be supported in each session by General Curtis M. Scaparrotti (Supreme Allied Commander Europe or SACEUR) and General Denis Mercier (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation or 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

Friday 16 Sep 2016

18:30-19:00:     Official Welcome Ceremony (Gallery Mestrovic)

Saturday 17 Sep 2016

08:30-08:50:     Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (Le Méridien Lav)

  • Opening remarks by General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO    Military Committee
  • Opening remarks by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs Kolinda Grabar - Kitarović

18:00-18:30:     Joint Press conference with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and General Mirko Šundov, Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces (Le Méridien Lav)


Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available online at  after each meeting. The joint press conference will not be live streamed, but it will be made available on the and on the NATO IMS MC Conference event page.


Only accredited media will get press passes for the NATO Military Committee Conference in Croatia. Requests for accreditation will be processed electronically. Accreditation forms must be sent by 10:00 am on 14 September 2016. Forms delivered after this date may be refused.

The forms, photo (if possible) and required copies of the documents should be sent by e-mail to: Please use the following title in the subject of your e-mail: "Accreditation NATO MCC 2016".

Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. We would like to inform the media that security checks will be conducted separately prior to every media event. For this reason, media are expected to at least an hour before the events.

Social Media

We will post the latest information and pictures from the Conference on our official Twitter accounts: @CMC_NATO and @NATO_PASCAD. Please use the hashtag #NATOCHoDs when tweeting about the MC Conference.


Points of Contact for Public Affairs and Strategic Communication for the Military Committee Conference 2016:

Lieutenant Colonel Dražen Jonjić, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Publishing Independent Department, Croatian Armed Forces
Tel: + 385 1 4568015

Lieutenant Colonel Branimir Gaćina - Bilin, Public Affairs Officer, Public Affairs and Publishing Independent Department, Croatian Armed Forces
Tel:  +385 95 804 7833

Points of contact for the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee:

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Koster, Deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 490 58 06 47

Elizabeth Steenson, Public Affairs Officer, NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 475 75 75 23

For more background information about the NATO Military Committee click here