NATO Military Committee Conference

Sibiu, Romania, 14-16 September 2012 - Media Advisory

  • 14 Sep. 2012 - 16 Sep. 2012
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  • Last updated: 29 Apr. 2015 13:27

Bucharest - NATO’s Military Committee, the highest military decision-making forum, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) session from 14-16 September, in Sibiu. The meeting of the 28 CHODs will be hosted by Lieutenant General Ştefan Dănilă, Romanian CHOD, to discuss ongoing NATO operations and other key issues on NATO’s agenda.

This is the first Chiefs of Defence Staff meeting since the NATO Summit in Chicago, and the first time it is held in Romania.

The meeting will be chaired by NATO’s Military Committee Chairman, General Knud Bartels, and attendees will include Admiral James Stavridis (Supreme Allied Commander Operations), General Stéphane Abrial, the current Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and also General Jean-Paul Paloméros, his successor. Also attending is General John Allen, Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who will update participants with the latest information from Afghanistan. Special guests invited by NATO’s Military Committee Chairman are Ambassador Stephen Evans, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Operations, and Lieutenant General Arne Bård Dalhaug, Commandant of NATO’s Defense College in Rome.

The Conference will concentrate on challenges in the wider security environment, as well as ongoing Allied operations in Afghanistan and in the Western Balkans. Discussions will also focus on NATO’s transformation stages, including the structural revision of the International Military Staff (IMS), the Military Committee’s executive body. The Conference ends with the election of the new Director General, IMS.

Media opportunities

Friday, 14 September 2012

17.15 – 17.30

Welcome Ceremony with full Military Honors (the Grand Square of Sibiu, only photo and video opportunities)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

08.00 – 08.30

First session of the MC Conference, Opening Remarks by H.E.  Corneliu Dobriţoiu, Romanian Minister of Defence and General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the Military Committee (Hotel Hilton)

19.00 – 19.30 Final Press Conference with General Knud Bartels and Lieutenant General Stefan Dănilă, MC Conference conclusions (Hotel Hilton)

Note for the media:

The Public Information Centre is situated in the Hotel Hilton, Sibiu.

Point of contact for the joint media availability in Romania:

MAJ Monica Szlavik, Chief of Public Information Center, Information and Public Relations Directorate
Tel: +4 0730 591 109

COL Florin Jipa, Chief of Public Information Section, Information and Public Relations Directorate
Tel: +40722380145
Fax: +4021.319.60.22

Points of contact for the Chairman of the Military Committee :

CPT. (N), Dan Termansen, Public Affairs Advisor
+32 475 75 75 61 (cell) –

Mr. Tom Monballiu, Public Affairs Officer
+32 473 921 900 (cell) –

Only accredited media will get press passes for the NATO Military Committee Conference in Romania. Requests for accreditation will be processed only electronically. The accreditation form (attached) must be filled out till 18:00 pm, 12 September 2012 and sent to Forms delivered after this date may be refused. The press passes will be delivered to the accredited journalists at Hilton Hotel, between 12:00 am and 16:00 pm, 13 September 2012.

Media personnel participating in the conference must always have their passes visibly attached to them over the entire period of the conference. Security personnel will be allowed to check the identity of conference delegates and request additional ID documents to verify the identity of the media pass holders. We would like to inform the media personnel that security checks will be conducted separately prior to every media event. To avoid delays, media representatives are requested to arrive well in advance in order to clear the security checks.