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Allied operations, Air Policing mission discussed at the meeting of the NATO Military Committee

2012.04.27
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From April 14 to 26 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Arvydas Pocius participated in the EU and NATO military Committees’ meetings in Brussels, Belgium.

 

On April 25 and 26 NATO and NATO partner states’ CHODs met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a NATO Military Committee session and discussed NATO future priories and challenges.

 

At the meeting perspectives of the NATO operations underway, including NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, were addressed. NATO Strategic Plan in Afghanistan was discussed in the presence of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners, ISAF Commander Gen John R. Allen via teleconference presented relevant points of the operation. NATO CHODs focused, too, considerably on other military operations of the Alliance in Afghanistan, Kosovo, NATO counter-piracy and counter-terrorism operations and discussed the experience from the NATO operation in Libya.

 

Lithuanian Chief of Defence also participated in the NATO-Russia and NATO-Ukraine’s meetings where the discussion focused on bilateral defence relations with the allies and in the Baltic Region.

 

Points discussed, proposals and guidelines prepared during the two-day meeting will be rendered to the North Atlantic Council and used at the Chicago Summit due on May 20 and 21.

 

At the session of the EU Military Committee on April 24 a significant focus was paid to the strategic defence priorities of the EU, the possibility of pooling and sharing resources among the members countries, perspectives of conflict prevention. CHODs of the EU countries also addressed military oeprations of the EU in Western Balkans and Africa.

 

NATO Military Committee is the highest NATO’s command structure subordinate to the North Atlantic Council, Defence Planning Committee and Nuclear Planning Group. The agency adopts military strategic decisions and shapes military advice to the North Atlantic Council which then makes corresponding political decisions. The day-to-day work at the Military Committee is done during sessions of military representatives delegated by participating countries.

 

The EU Military Committee is the highest military institution of the European Union including Chiefs of Defence of the EU countries. The Committee has been conducting its activities since 2001, it is in charge of directing actions of the EU countries, renders advise to the EU Political and Security Committee, shapes the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy.

 

Spokesperson to the Chief of Defence Capt Skomantas Povilionis, cell phone 00370 52785091, 00370 682 25359.

 

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Meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels on April 25, source: www.nato.int

Members of the EU Military Committee, source: www.consilium.europa.eu

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