NATO Military Chiefs of Defence conference to be held in Estonia

NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, will meet from 16-18 September 2022, in Tallinn, Estonia. Lieutenant General Martin Herem, Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces will host the Conference.

During the NATO Military Committee Conference the Chiefs of Defence will discuss military strategic developments within the Alliance. They will address the implementation of decisions taken during the NATO Summit in Madrid on the Alliance’ deterrence and defence posture. The Chiefs of Defence will also discuss ongoing NATO operations, missions, and activities including the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) and Kosovo Force (KFOR). Other topics on the agenda are the promotion of diversity and innovation in Allied Armed Forces, in order to support multi-domain operations and digital transformation. For the first time, as invitees, the Chiefs of Defence of Finland and Sweden will attend the conference.

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee, leads the Military Committee Conference. He will be supported in each session by General Christopher G. Cavoli, (Supreme Allied Commander Europe – SACEUR) and General Philippe Lavigne (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation – SACT). 

The Military Committee meets, in Chiefs of Defence Session, twice a year at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and once a year a Conference is held by an Allied member state. The Military Committee convenes to discuss NATO operations, missions and activities and to provide the North Atlantic Council with unfettered, consensus-based military advice on how the Alliance can best address global security challenges. On a day-to-day basis, its work is carried out by the permanent Military Representatives at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Media Opportunities

Friday 16 Sep 2022

18:30-19:00*

Official Welcome Ceremony (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).
Opening remarks by the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).
Opening remarks by the President of Estonia, Mr. Alar Karis (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).

Saturday 17 Sep 2022

08:30-09:00*

Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).
Opening remarks by the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).
Opening remarks by the Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Martin Herem (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc).

  • Welcome address by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Mrs. Kaja Kallas (live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc). 

17:45-18:15*

Joint press conference with the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer and the Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Martin Herem (for accredited media in Swissôtel Tallinn, for everyone else live webcast www.mil.ee/natomc). Press conference will be held in English.

* – times are subject to change. Check www.mil.ee/natomc for the latest updates.

Imagery

Following each event, photos, video and audio files will be made available on the NATO IMS webpage www.nato.int/ims, as well as on the MC Conference event page. Please click here to access the event page.

Accreditation

Only accredited media will be eligible to attend the NATO Military Committee Conference press conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Press conference will be held in English. Requests for accreditation will be processed electronically. A completed accreditation form, photo and copies of the required documents should be sent by e-mail to: aivo.vahemets@mil.ee. Please use the following title in the subject of your e-mail: “Accreditation NATO MCC 2022”. Accreditation forms must be sent by Friday, 2nd September 2022. Forms delivered after this date may be refused. Responses to the accreditation requests will be e-mailed on 8th September 2022.
Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. We would like to inform media that security checks will be conducted separately prior to media event. For this reason, media are expected to arrive at least an hour before the event.

COVID-19 Restrictions – Mitigation Measures – Vaccination Recommendation

In light of the Coronavirus disease outbreak (COVID-19)*, careful monitoring of the situation and preventive measures are in place for the wellbeing and safety of all NATO staff and visitors.
* Noting the daily changing circumstances, we recommend that you review the updated information and guidance from a credible source, such as the World Health Organisation website, to identify affected regions:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
https://kriis.ee/en/travelling-crossing-state-border/travelling-estonia/travelling-estonia
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
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Social Media

We will post the latest information and photos from the Conference on our official Twitter account: @NATO_PASCAD The Chair of the NATO Military Committee will be using his own account @CMC_NATO

Please use the hashtags #NATOMC and #NATOCHoDs when tweeting about the NATO Military Committee Conference.

Media Enquiries

Captain Aivo Vahemets, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, Estonian Defence Forces
Office Tel: +372 717 1924
Mobile: +372 5699 4750
E-mail: aivo.vahemets@mil.ee

Ms Eleonora Russell, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 471 61 09 55
E-Mail: russell.eleonora@hq.nato.int

Commander Grzegorz Lyko, Deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Advisor to the NATO Military Committee and International Military Staff
Tel: + 32 477 570 746
E-Mail: lyko.grzegorz@hq.nato.int
For more background information about the NATO Military Committee click here.

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