Publication - The "Atlantische Commissie" of the Netherlands (ATLCOM) and the Clingendael Institute are preparing an academic publication on "NATO after Madrid".
Publication - Articles about NATO history, structure and activities are being published throughout the year in the Georgian official governmental newspaper "Sakartvelos Republica". A significant part of these articles is being issued in April at the occasion of the Washington Summit.
Publication - Articles about past and current activities of NATO are being published in the April issue of the official journal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia -"Politica".
5th - The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and the Mayor of Sofia are co-hosting a Commemorative Gala Concert to be broadcast on the Bulgarian National TV, as well as the Annual Reception and an opening of the Photo Exhibition on the theme "Bulgaria on the way to NATO", at the Concert Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria.
5th - 12th - A drawing or painting display is set up by the SHAPE International School, Mons, Belgium.
5th - 16th - The Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) is sponsoring the 1999 Atlantic Crisis Game, a role playing international exercise on the Internet. Participants include over 20 colleges and universities in North America and Europe. The simulation addresses the economic, political, and security dimensions of Atlantic relations. It is preceded by live videoconferences with senior national and international officials, and followed by of debriefing sessions with academic and policymaking experts.
The simulation is open to applications from any college or university faculty member.
5th - 25th - The Czech Ministry of Defence in Prague is organising an exhibition on the accession of the Czech Republic to NATO, which is also including a mobile exhibition from NATO.
6th April - 3rd May - A small, movable display of historical pictures is set up from 6th to 12th April at SHAPE Main Building, then from 19th to 26th April at Mons City Centre, before coming back to SHAPE International School in Mons from 26 April until 3 May.
7th - A major commemorative meeting is being organised by the Norwegian Government in co-operation with the Norwegian Atlantic Committee and People & Defence, at the University Auditorium in Oslo, Norway. The event, covered by live TV, is attended by high level official representatives from the Parliament and the Defence Forces, as well as the Prime Minister who is also giving the main speech.
8th - A parade, executed by Allied Units and bands, and a reception is held at NATO Headquarters, Brussels. The Military Committee are unveiling a commemorative stone erected at NATO HQ, Brussels, on the same day.
8th - The Norwegian Atlantic Committee is organising a seminar entitled "Partners in Security" at Oslo Militære Samfund (Oslo Military Society), Oslo, Norway.
8th - The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria is organising a NATO day in the town of Smoljan, Bulgaria:
- Seminar on "Bulgaria and NATO" at the Military Club in Smoljan.
- Lecture on "NATO at 50: The Transatlantic Link" given by H.E. Avis Bohlen, Ambassador of USA to Bulgaria.
9th - "NATO: Fifty Years and Beyond" is a national conference co-hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA)at the US Department of State, Washington D.C. The conference examines many of the major issues that NATO and Europe will have to face in the coming decades. The panel topics ranges from the development of the new strategic concept and its impact on the shaping of the internal capabilities and external outlook of NATO, to the development of a European defence entity. The conference also touches upon the relationship between NATO and Russia. The event is attracting members of the three sponsors' constituencies, leading national security and defence experts, administration and congressional officials, as well as officials from NATO and SHAPE headquarters, Partnership for Peace, and Russia.
9th - 10th - The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria is organising the third International seminar of the project "The Democratic Control of the Armed Forces" sponsored by PHARE Democracy Programme, at the Smoljan Hotel, Bulgaria.
10th - The "Atlantische Commissie" (ATLCOM) in cooperation with Military History Section of the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) and the Royal Association for Strategic Studies, is organising a one-day conference with 300 participants, focusing on the political and military aspects of 50 years of allied security and defence cooperation between NATO and the Netherlands. The conference is taking place in the Hall of Knights, The Hague.
10th - The German Atlantic Society (Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft), in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, is organising the second German-Atlantic Forum in Karlsruhe, Germany, on "NATO and the next century - Preparation for the future".
11th - A concert, given by the Philharmonie der Nationen, made up of musicians from about 40 NATO and Partner countries, and directed by Justus Frantz is taking place at the concert hall La Monnaie, in Brussels, Belgium. His Majesty, King Albert of Belgium is attending the event.
n.b. Please note that, according to a decision taken by NATO Council, this concert is canceled.
11th - 15th - The JASON Foundation, in cooperation with the Dutch Atlantic Treaty Association, is organising a seminar entitled "NATO, Diplomacy and Force". The four-days conference starts in Amsterdam, then moves to Brussels before holding the last two days in The Hague. Students and graduates from the member states of NATO, PfP and the other OSCE countries are given an opportunity to participate in this intensive study programme.
14th - The German Ministry of Defence is holding a ceremony in order to officially introduce the national commemorative stamp to the public. German Parliamentary Secretary Mrs Brigitte Schulke is giving the introductory speech. The ceremony, also attended by NATO official representatives, is followed by a press conference.
n.b. Please note that this ceremony is canceled.
15th - The independent review "NATO's Sixteen Nations", in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia , is issuing a special issue on Slovenia.
15th - 16th - The Cicero Foundation in Paris is organising a two-day international seminar for experts around the theme "NATO's New strategic Concept - Its Consequences for the European Security and Defence Identity".
16th - On the occasion of the "Change of Command" at Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), special activities are organised in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. German Secretary of Defence Mr Scharping as well as NATO Secretary General Mr Solana are attending the event.
17th - An open house is taking place at the Queen's Life Regiment, Nørresundby, Denmark.
18th - The Bulgarian Union of Tourism Aleko, in co-operation with the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, is organising the climbing of a West Side Vitosha Mountain Peak under the logo "On the Way to NATO". Two hundred tourists are expected to participate in the event, as well as members of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and national citizens.
18th -Member of the German Parliament and President of the German Atlantic Society (Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft) Ruprecht Polenz is hosting a conference during which Minister of Defence Rudolf Scharping is giving a speech on "The Transatlantic Alliance and its Way to the XXIst Century". A military choir is participating to the event.
19th - The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and grant holders students and scientists working on projects related to NATO.
19th April - 3rd May - At Stavanger, Norway, a church parade, followed by a reception, is organised to mark the 50th anniversary of NATO as well as the 5th Anniversary of HQ North (AFNW). Naval Units in Stavanger port and an aircraft flyby are included.
22nd - The Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) is organising a Gala Evening at the National Building Museum, Washington D.C., with dinner and music. US Secretary of Defence William Cohen and NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana are invited to speak, and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Paul Volcker, is honoured. Attendees include heads of government and foreign and defence ministers from the sixteen current NATO nations and the three invitees, and Partnership for Peace nations, as well as members of Congress, the diplomatic and foreign policy communities, and corporate leaders. (Invitation only)
22nd - The Headquarters of Land Forces Souteastern Europe (LSE) and the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force (SIXATAF) are organising a ceremony and reception to be held at the General Vechi Akin garrison in Izmir, Turkey. The Commander LSE General Edip Baser and the Commander SIXATAF Lieutenant General Alper Akseli are the co-guest speakers for the ceremony.
22nd - The German Parliament is holding a special session in preparation of the Washington Summit and around the theme of 50th anniversary. The Federal Chancellor Mr Schroeder is delivering a speech, followed by a debate.
22nd - The Berlin Information-Center for Transatlantic Security
(BITS), in cooperation with the British American Security Information
the Lawyers Alliance for World Security (LAWS)
and the Washington Office of the Heinrich
Böll Foundation, is organising an international
conference at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel in Washington
DC, United States. High level political and academic representatives
are discussing major NATO-related issues under the titles: "The
Future Role of NATO for European Security", "NATO - Nuclear
Weapons, Arms Control and Proliferation" and "NATO - Russia
23rd - The first of a series of three major conferences, organised by the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom, for the younger generation including a series of role play workshops establishing the new strategy of NATO in the 21st century, is taking place at the Central Hall of Westminster, London.
23rd - 25th - During the Washington Summit, Heads of State and Government of NATO Member and Partner Countries are holding a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC).
23rd April - 2nd May - A Commemorative exhibition of the Danish Armed Forces Health Service is taking place at Christiansfeld.
24th - A special issue of the independent magazine "NATO's Sixteen Nations and Partners for Peace" is published in April 1999.
24th - 25th - The NATO Headquarters of the Iberian Atlantic Area (IBERLANT) in Portugal is organising an open day.
24th - 25th -
Open houses are organised by the National Defence of Denmark:
- King's Artillery Regiment at Hørsholm,
- Combat Service Support Regiment at Nørresundby
- North Jutland Artillery Regiment at Skive
- Army Material Command Denmark at Hjørring (Only 24th).
25th - 27th - A transatlantic conference, "NATO and Southeastern Europe: Security Issues for the Early 21st Century", is taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC, USA.
26th - 28th - At the Headquarters of the Allied Command Atlantic (ACLANT), Norfolk, USA, celebrations are planned to include a flag-raising ceremony, the unveiling of a commemorative marker, a Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert honouring NATO, and social events.
29th - 30th - A military ceremony and reception are organised in Naples, Italy, and includes a flyby, a military concert, a photo roadshow and a firework display.