Updated: 19-Nov-2003 October 2003

1 Oct 2003
Jamie Shea appointed as temporary spokesman

Jamie Shea, NATO's former spokesman (July 1993 - September 2000), will become acting spokesman from 1 October.

1 Oct 2003
Prince Philippe of Belgium visits NATO
His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium addressed the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s top decision-making body, and met for bilateral talks with NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson during a one-day visit to NATO HQ on 1 October.
2 Oct 2003
North Atlantic Council visits former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 1
NATO’s top decision makers visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1 on 2 October as a sign of the Alliance’s continuing commitment to peace and stability in the country and region.
2 Oct 2003
Relaunching the transatlantic partnership
Top policy-makers and experts from North America and Europe gathered in Rome, 2-4 October to discuss the current state of transatlantic relations.
2-3 Oct 2003
A new agenda for military collaboration with Russia
An international conference on "Russia-NATO: Setting up a new agenda for military collaboration" was held in St Petersburg, 2-3 October.
2-5 Oct 2003
Parliamentary oversight of security policy in South-east Europe
The "Democratic oversight of external and internal security policy and provision" was the title of a workshop held in Ohrid, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1, 2-5 October.
7-10 Oct 2003
Dacia 2003: Managing the aftermath of a ‘dirty bomb’ attack
Close to 1,700 civil emergency personnel from 19 NATO and partner countries are practicing fighting the consequences of a terrorist attack with radioactive material in Romania, 7 to 10 October.
7 Oct 2003
Dynamic Response ‘07 - The 2003 Informal NATO Defense Ministerial Crisis Management Study Seminar
Dynamic Response ’07 is a crisis management study seminar designed to provide NATO leaders with an opportunity to examine the Alliance’s future security environment and NATO’s potential role.
7 Oct 2003
Afghan Authorities arrest suspected terrorist in Kabul
On 7 October 2003, Afghan Authorities, with the assistance of NATO-led troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), arrested a suspected terrorist in Kabul.
8 Oct 2003
NATO Response Force Inauguration Ceremony on Wednesday, 15 October 2003
On 15 October 2003 at 1100 hrs, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General James L. Jones, will inaugurate the new NATO Response Force (NRF) by handing over the NRF-flag to the Joint Operational Commander, General Sir Jack Deverell, during a small military ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Brunssum/NL.
9 Oct 2003
Defence Ministers look at future challenges at Colorado Springs meeting
NATO Ministers of Defence and the 7 invited countries expected to join NATO next year, reviewed the Alliance’s transformation in the context of the future security environment at an informal meeting held in Colorado Springs, United States, 8-9 October.
13 Oct 2003
Lord Robertson visits Switzerland
On 13 October, Lord Robertson travelled to Bern where he met the President of the Swiss Confederation, Pascal Couchepin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Micheline Calmy-Rey and the Minister of Defence, Samuel Schmid.
14 Oct 2003
First direct talks between Belgrade and Pristina held in Vienna
NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson travelled to Vienna on 14 October to attend the first direct talks between Serbian and Kosovar authorities on the future of the province, organized by the United Nations.
15 Oct 2003
NATO launches Response Force
On 16 October, under crisp, cloudless skies, and in front of a large group of international media, SACEUR General James L. Jones presented the first NATO Response Force colours to General Sir Jack Deverell.
15 Oct 2003
NATO-Russian resettlement centre a success
In a statement issued on 15 October, the NATO-Russia Council recognised the significant achievements of a joint NATO-Russia project, which seeks to tackle the social costs of downsizing in the Russian military.
16 Oct 2003
Securing peace: expert conference examines past lessons as NATO looks to future
Effective crisis management requires transatlantic unity, political vision and sufficient military power said Lord Robertson at a conference on NATO’s role in crisis management in Brussels, 16 October.
16 Oct 2003
Munitions destroyed in Afghanistan
The NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan is assisting the Afghan Minister of Defence in coordinating the destruction of a large quantity of Afghan National Army ammunition on 16 October.
20 Oct 2003
Robertson focuses on democratic values during visit to Kyiv
Defence reform, the evolution of Ukraine's relations with NATO and its integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions were at the heart of discussions between Lord Robertson and members of the Ukrainian government on 20 October.
21 Oct 2003
PfP Education and training seminar 2003
A Partnership for Peace Education and Training seminar was held in Graz, Austria, from 21 to 23 October. This year's event focused on the impact of NATO's new military command arrangements on the Alliance's education and training programmes for the military.
22 Oct 2003
2003 NATO Science Prize awarded for breakthrough in ophthalmic imaging
NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, presented the NATO Science Partnership Prize 2003 to the two winners, Dr. Larichev (Russia) and Dr. Otten (USA) at NATO Headquarters on 22 October.
22 Oct 2003
NATO team observes Russian pilots' survival course
From 7 to 10 October, a NATO team of four officers observed part of a two-week survival course for pilots at a special training centre of the Russian Airforce at Agoi, outside the town of Tuapse in the Krasnodar region of Russia.
22 Oct 2003
Special video lecture series with Jamie Shea
Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations and temporary NATO Spokesman, will be sharing his knowledge and insight about the future role of NATO with young people from all over the world via the Internet starting in November.
22-24 Oct 2003
Chiefs of military medical services meet at NATO
Senior military medical authorities of NATO member countries are meeting at NATO Headquarters for the 20th plenary session of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO, 22 to 24 October.
22 Oct 2003
Lord Robertson visits Greece and Turkey
NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson visited Greece and Turkey from 22 to 24 October as part of his farewell tour of NATO and partner countries.
23 Oct 2003
Training and experimentation centre established in Norway
As part of the Alliance's transformation to meet today's new security threats, a new, cutting-edge Joint Warfare Centre was established in Stavanger, Norway on 23 October.
23-24 Oct 2003
Analysing ethnic tension in the Caucasus and Siberia
Over twenty researchers from different areas of expertise such as sociology, demography and political science participated in a seminar on "Ethno-political aspects of security in areas of latent conflict and potential tension in the Caucasus and Siberia", 23-24 October.
27 Oct 2003
NATO's credibility depends on usability of forces
During a farewell visit to Poland on 27 October, Lord Robertson repeated his call for NATO member countries to continue to improve the usability of their armed forces.
27-28 Oct 2003
Examining role of media in building NATO-Ukraine cooperation
Ukrainian journalists, academics, NGO and government representatives discussed the role of mass media in the development of NATO-Ukraine cooperation at a seminar in Chernivitsi on 27 and 28 October.
28 Oct 2003
Financial management agreement for Trust Fund project with Georgia
The Minister of Defence of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mr. Charles Goerens, signed the financial management agreement for the Trust Fund Project with Georgia on 28 October 2003 at NATO Headquarters.
29 Oct 2003
NATO-Russia cooperation vital to security says Robertson
NATO and Russia need each other to meet today's new security threats, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson said during his farewell visit to Moscow, on 29 and 30 October.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.