Updated: 14-Aug-2002 May 2002

6-7 May 2002
Flood prevention and response in Ukraine

A workshop on flood preparedness in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine took place in Budapest, Hungary on 6-7 May. The aim of the workshop was to present the findings of Phase One of the Joint NATO-Ukraine Pilot Project on Flood Prevention and Response.

8 May

Paddy Ashdown at NATO HQ

In his capacity as the new High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lord Ashdown came to NATO HQ on 8 May to meet Lord Robertson. They discussed the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina in areas such as the return of minorities, constitutional changes, the elections in October of this year and the restructuring of the country's armed forces.

8 May

Exercise Cooperative Poseidon

The first phase of a NATO/Partnership for Peace submarine safety exercise started on 8 May and will continue until 11 May. Its aim is to adopt common safety procedures to minimise the risk of submarine accidents. The first phase consists in a seminar that will allow participants to be introduced to NATO submarine safety doctrines and procedures, while Phase II will allow them to practice these principles through a real-time tactical simulation exercise. The second phase will be held from 16-20 September in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

8 May

Croatian Foreign Minister visits NATO HQ

Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula was at NATO Headquarters on 8 May for a meeting with NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson and the North Atlantic Council - NATO's top decision-making body

8 May

Meeting of NATO Chiefs of Defence Staff

NATO's Military Committee convened at NATO Headquarters on 7-8 May for one of three meetings it holds every year at the level of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CHODS). During these two days, it met in different configurations: on 7 May, the NATO CHODS met with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts in separate sessions, as well as with the other members of NATO's Euro-Atlantic Partnership Military Committee; on 8 May, they held a session without the participation of Partner countries, which was followed by a press conference given by the Chairman of the Military Committee, Admiral Guido Venturoni.

9 May

SFOR and KFOR missions evolve to meet new challenges

On Friday 9 May, the North Atlantic Council approved a series of changes to the Alliance's missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The changes, which were agreed after consultation with all troop-contributing nations, are designed to introduce a more regional approach to operations, boosting efficiency and allowing for troop reductions.

12 May

Exercise Ardent Ground 2002

The annual live firing training exercise, Ardent Ground, is taking place in northern Germany from 12-24 May. Its aim is to train elements of the Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land) to carry out its various military and humanitarian functions.

14-15 May 2002
Setting the agenda for the modernisation of NATO -
Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Reykjavik, Iceland

Key security issues, including the adaptation of the Alliance to face new challenges, were at the top of the agenda for NATO and Partner Foreign Ministers who gathered in Reykjavik on 14-15 May. Considered as a "vital stepping stone on the road to NATO's Summit in Prague" and to the NATO-Russia Summit meeting in Rome on 28 May, these Spring Ministerial meetings focused on the modernisation of NATO and its adaptation to the changed security environment. "NATO was transformed after the Cold War to build a new kind of security across Europe. It was transformed yet again to meet and overcome instability in the Balkans. Now it must change once more to deal with the threats of a new century" explained NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, during a press conference. He added that Foreign Ministers had provided the guidance for NATO's transformation during the two-day meeting: "Terrorism, enlargement, new capabilities, new relationships - this is the agenda of change".

16 May 2002
NATO AWACS return from the United States

A ceremony was held at the Geilenkirchen AWACS Air Base in Germany on 16 May, to mark the conclusion of Operation Eagle Assist, one of NATO's contributions to the fight against terrorism. NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, was joined by the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Joseph Ralston, the chairman of the Military Committee, Admiral Guido Venturoni, and the US Ambassador to NATO, Nicholas Burns, to welcome the last AWACS crews returning from the United States.

17 May 2002
Creation of a common forum to discuss NATO and EU defence matters

"The New Defence Agenda (NDA)", a forum set up to discuss NATO and EU defence and security policies, was launched on 17 May with a conference on "Defence and Security in an uncertain world". The aim of the NDA is to offer a platform for political decision makers, officials, representatives from industry and policy analysts to discuss European defence and security issues on a regular basis and to promote an informal debate on these issues among a wider European public.

21 May 2002
NATO extends its mandate in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

NATO members countries agreed, on 21 May, to extend Operation Amber Fox in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). Operation Amber Fox was launched on 27 September 2001, on the request of President Trajkovski, to contribute to the protection of international monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union. The mission has now been extended a further four months until 26 October 2002.

21 May 2002
Large-scale fire-fighting exercise in Croatia

Exercise Taming the Dragon - Dalmatia 2002, one of the largest NATO civilian-military exercises, is taking place in southern Croatia, 21-24 May. It is an international fire-fighting exercise which is being conducted in South East Europe, a region which suffers regularly from wild fires. Croatia is hosting this exercise as part of its joint activities with NATO within the Partnership for Peace programme.

21 May 2002
Exercise Dynamic Mix 2002

A live, computer-assisted exercise called Dynamic Mix started on 21 May and will last until 6 June. The aim of this biannual exercise is to maintain troop readiness in NATO's southern region to respond immediately to any crisis. Exercise Dynamic Mix 2002 is therefore training personnel in command and control procedures and communications interfaces during crisis response, collective defence and humanitarian assistance operations.

22 May 2002
NATO's Military Committee in the Balkans

The Deputy Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, Vice Admiral Fages of the US Navy, and Military Representatives from NATO member countries flew to the Balkans, 22-23 May. During their visit, they met with NATO peacekeeping personnel from Task Force Fox, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and spent some time with KFOR, NATO's peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

22 May 2002
NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Science and Environment

A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Scientific and Environmental Cooperation took place on 22 May at NATO Headquarters, consolidating relations and cooperation already being developed in the areas of science and environment. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Andriy Hurzhiy, First Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and Mr. Jean Fournet, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Environmental Affairs.

26 May 2002
President Shevardnadze visits NATO Science for Peace project

Among the engagements of President Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia on Georgia's National Day, on 26 May, was a visit to inspect a NATO Science for Peace project which is supporting the development of a high-technology process for the production of integrated circuits used in all areas of the electronics industry. The Minister of Science and Education and the Mayor of Tbilisi also participated in the visit.

26 May 2002
Women in uniform - 26th annual meeting

The Committee on Women in the NATO forces meets annually to discuss policies and practices affecting servicewomen in the armed forces of NATO member countries. This year they met at NATO HQ, 26-31 May, where they focused on lessons learned from gender integration throughout the Alliance.

27 May 2002
Fifth anniversary of NATO-Russia special relationship - a turning point

Exactly five years ago, on 27 May 1997, Russia's President, Boris Yelstin, the then NATO Secretary General, Javier Solana, and NATO Heads of State and Government signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation. The Founding Act acknowledged that NATO and Russia were no longer adversaries and marked the beginning of a new era in relations.

27 May 2002
Spring Council meeting of the ATA at NATO HQ

Atlantic Treaty Associations (ATA) from NATO and Partner countries held their Spring Council meeting at NATO HQ on 27-28 May. The first day was dedicated to internal matters, covering issues such as planning for the upcoming ATA Annual Assembly meeting in Istanbul, general business and the organisation of specific events such as a seminar on education to be held in Denmark this November. On the second day, ATA representatives were briefed on current issues by General Joseph Ralston, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), as well as by other NATO officials, covering policy issues and discussions on the future of the Alliance.

28 May 2002
Rome Summit lays the foundations for a stronger NATO-Russia relationship

From the Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, on 28 May, Heads of State and Government from NATO member countries and the Russian Federation "launched a new era in NATO-Russia cooperation". They signed the Rome Declaration, "NATO-Russia Relations: A New Quality", that has formally established the NATO-Russia Council. This new forum "will serve as the principal structure and venue for advancing the relationship between NATO and Russia".

31 May 2002
Lord Robertson briefed on Norwegian defence reform

Most issues on NATO's current agenda, in particular, NATO's transformation and adaptation to new security threats, the Balkans, developments in NATO-Russia relations, enlargement, NATO-EU relations and their impact on NATO members which are not members of the EU - as is the case for Norway - and defence reform were discussed during Lord Robertson's meetings with Norwegian government leaders and officials on 31 May.

31 May -
1 June 2002
International Seminar "Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean after September 11"
Who NATO - Centre de Estudios y Anlisis de Seguridad
Where Palacio de la Madraza, University of Granada
When 31 May - 1 June 2002
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  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.