The agreement for the 20 years of CIMIC has been renewed

(To Army Majority State)
29/03/22

The thirty-seventh edition of the "Coordinating Committee" (CC), the international meeting that the Coordinating Committee composed of the representatives of the 6 Participating Nations (PNs) of the Multinational CIMIC Group ( MNCG), Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary, index every six months.

This edition is of particular importance in the context of the Atlantic Alliance and the assembly of the 6 Participating Nations, because it has seen the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding, or the legal agreement underlying the constitution of the body specialized in civil-military cooperation, unique for its use and mission.

The MoU, signed in 2004, has been renewed, thanks to the strong will of the contributing nations, in its objectives and in its legal bases which, in fact, reaffirm the unity of purpose among the Nations and in the NATO vision as well as in the framework of the MNCG Operational Concept.

The event, which saw the participation of senior representatives of the 6 different Ministries of Defense, also sanctioned the passage of chairmanship between Italy and Portugal, or between the former president of the committee, Rear Admiral Luca Conti, deputy head of the SMD department III - Military Policy and Planning and Major General Filipe Camelo Duarte Santos, national military representative at the supreme command of the Allied Forces in Europe.

The thirty-seventh Coordinating Committe it also provided the opportunity to discuss the next objectives of the MNCG, outlining the future of the unit in a geopolitical scenario in which the Atlantic Alliance is called upon to face increasingly complex challenges.

The representatives reaffirmed their willingness to make personnel available for rapid deployment in favor of the Atlantic Alliance: every year, in fact, the body provides readily deployable assets across the NATO basins. Response Force (NRF) and del Joint Rapid Reaction Forces (JRRF).

With regard to seminars and conferences, attention was paid to the next CIMIC units commanders' conference which will take place from 27 to 29 June 2022 in the city of Treviso and which will see the participation of members of International, National and Non-Governmental Organizations from around the world, as well as the presence of qualified guest speakers who will speak on the topic "Building trustful relationship between different actors through effective interaction: Civil and Military aspects", identified in close coordination with the supreme headquarters allied powers in europe (SHAPE).

The chairman thanked the participants for coming to the event, a sign of a heartfelt and strong desire to continue to support the mission of the MNCG and to increase, in the future, the pool of participating nations in the spirit of the Atlantic Pact.

The commander of the MNCG expressed his satisfaction in seeing the MoU renewed to formally celebrate the 20 years since the establishment of the MNCG, a department that has always played a fundamental role in coordinating the efforts and common commitment of the six representative nations, towards the objectives and the scenarios outlined by NATO.