EU – Meeting of the European Union Military Committee

Meeting of the European Union Military Committee at Chiefs of Defence level

Brussels, 4 May 2010
The Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of the 27 European Member States met today in Brussels, under the chairmanship of General Håkan Syrén, to discuss the state of play regarding the military operations currently conducted by the European Union and the main activities carried out in the Union to improve European military capabilities.

During the information session, CHODs agreed an EUMC (EU Military Committee) Strategic Plan recording the strategic priorities and related key actions to be used to guide the further work of the Military Committee.

The operations session was opened by Gen. John McColl, the Commander of Operation EUFOR Althea, who provided the forum with his assessment of the current situation in Bosnia Herzegovina and referred to the possible future force posture options and associated challenges.

Coming to EUNAVFOR Atalanta, Rear Admiral Peter Hudson, Operation Commander, presented an analysis of the EU’s commitment in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, stimulating the debate on optimising the employment of Vessel Protection Detachments.

Finally, the Head of the Mission Headquarters Support Cell of the EU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia provided the CHODs with an overview of the Mission and briefed them on the preparations to deliver training.

The capabilities session was dedicated to the main activities launched in the framework of the Capability Development Plan and to the recommendations of the Wise Pen Team’s report on Maritime Surveillance. The session included a discussion on the role of the EUMC in EU capability development.

Beside the formal sessions of the meeting, CHODs were updated by Gen. Svyda, Ukrainian Chief of General Staff and Commander-in-Chief, on the transformation process of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and on Ukraine’s preparedness to contribute to regional security and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) activities, in particular EUNAVFOR Atalanta and EU Battlegroups.

Moreover Mr. Alain Le Roy, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (PKOs), provided CHODs with his perspectives on PKOs and on practical measures to further strengthen UN peacekeeping.


The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) is the highest military body set up within the Council. It exercises military direction of all EU military activities and provides the Political and Security Committee (PSC) with advice and recommendations on military matters. The EUMC is composed of the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) of the Member States, who are regularly represented by their permanent Military Representatives (MilReps).

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