NATO Military Chiefs of Defence inaugural visit to Slovenia

Media Advisory

  • 13 Sep. 2019 - 15 Sep. 2019
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  • Last updated: 05 Sep. 2019 10:49

NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, will meet from 13-15 September 2019, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting will be hosted by the Chief of the Slovenian General Staff, Major General Alenka Ermenc.

The NATO Military Committee Conference enables the Chiefs of Defence to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance.  The Allied Chiefs will discuss NATO’s Operations, Missions and Activities, the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic area, NATO’s Warfighting concept and Military Instrument of Power.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, leads the Military Committee Conference.  He will be supported in each session by General Tod Wolters, (Supreme Allied Commander Europe - SACEUR) and General André Lanata (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 the permanent Military Representatives at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Media Opportunities

Friday 13 Sep 2019

Official Welcome Ceremony (National Gallery)

Saturday 14 Sep 2019

Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (Grand Hotel Union – Conference Room)
Opening remarks by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stuart Peach
Opening remarks by the Slovenian Minister of Defence, Mr. Karl Erjavec
Joint press conference with the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach and the Chief of the Slovenian General Staff, Major General Alenka Ermenc. (Grand Hotel Union, Ground floor, Press Conference room.)


After each event, photos, video and audio files will be made available on the NATO IMS webpage, as well as on the MC Conference event page.


Only accredited media will be eligible to attend the NATO Military Committee Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Requests for accreditation will be processed electronically. A completed accreditation form, photo (if possible) and copies of the required documents should be sent by e-mail to: Please use the following title in the subject of your e-mail: "Accreditation NATO MCC 2019". Accreditation forms must be sent by 12h00 on the 9 September 2019. Forms delivered after this date may be refused.

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 arrive at least an hour before the events.

Social Media

We will post the latest information and pictures from the Conference on our official Twitter account: @NATO_PASCAD. Please use the hashtags #NATOCHoDs and #NATOMC when tweeting about the NATO Military Committee Conference.


Points of Contact for Public Affairs and Strategic Communication for the Military Committee Conference 2019:

Lieutenant Colonel Marjan Sirk, Head of Public Affairs Department of the Slovenian General Staff
Tel:  +386 41 648 990

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

Mr. Damien Elvin, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and the NATO International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 476 60 53 56

Ms. 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