Updated: 19-Nov-2008 IMS News Release

17 Nov. 2008

Eng. / Fr.


NATO and Partner chiefs of Defence to meet at
NATO Headquarters

Top military officers of the Alliance’s member and Partner nations will convene at NATO HQ, Brussels, on 19-20 November 2008, for their Autumn meeting.  This is the second of three meetings per year for the NATO Chiefs of Defence, NATO’s highest military authority.

More than 60 Chiefs of Defence from NATO members, Partnership-for-Peace nations, the Mediterranean Dialogue countries and Ukraine will be in attendance. Chiefs of Defence from Albania and Croatia will participate for the first time in their status as NATO Invitee Countries. The Pakistan Chief of Army Staff will also be attending for discussions on the situation in Afghanistan.

There will be several different sessions, including with just the NATO Chiefs of Defence, dealing mainly with operations (taking stock of all NATO-led operations and missions, ISAF and KFOR and maritime operations in particular), and discussing military-related issues in preparations for the next NATO Summit in April 2009.

Additional meetings will be held in Euro Atlantic Partnership Council format (sharing lessons learned from participating in NATO-led operations); with countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (discussions on a common vision on military cooperation); and with Ukraine (update on current progress of NATO-Ukraine 2008 Work Plan and approval of a 2009/10).

Note for the Editor:


Wednesday, 19 November 08

  • Photo coverage of the opening of the MC/CS session on Wednesday, 19 November 08.  Mrs. Dehaes will meet the media pool at the press counter no later than 0800hrs for an 0815hrs-0830hrs opportunity. 
  • media opportunity with Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola,Chairman of the Military Committee at 1310 in Room Brosio.

 Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available on-line at www.nato.int. shortly after each meeting.  A news release summarising the discussions will be issued at the conclusion of the 20 November sessions.

Journalists wishing to cover these opportunities will be able to access NATO HQ on presentation of a NATO accreditation pass or a valid press pass.


Point of contact for the Military Committee meetings:
Col. Massimo Panizzi or Cdr. Giovanni Galoforo
Tel:  +32 2 707 5983 / 5752

General press arrangements:         
Mrs. Karen Dehaes
Public Affairs Officer, IMS.
Tel:  +32 2 707 5423

Mr. Jean-Marc Lorgnier   
Tel: +32 2 707 5006

PAA Office
Col. Massimo Panizzi
Rm 2050 – Tel 5983 – Fax 5713
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