Nordic Military Coordination Committee to meet in Helsinki
The Nordic Defence Cooperation's Military Coordination Committee (MCC) will meet in Helsinki 15-16 May 2013.
The members of the coordination committee are high ranking officers that have been appointed by their chiefs of defence. The committee coordinates cooperation between Nordic armed forces at a military level. The MCC will be reviewing the results of its five subordinate cooperation area working groups and it will discuss the planning, development and future of Nordic defence cooperation.
The aim of Nordic cooperation is to strengthen the national defence of its members, to support their common strengths and help members find efficient common solutions.
The meeting will be held on the island fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki.
NORDEFCO has a rotating presidency. Finland has the presidency for 2013.
About Nordic Defence Cooperation
The four Nordic nations Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have a long tradition of cooperating in Peace Support Operations (PSO). It all started back in the 1950s with the United Nations peace-keeping operations in the Middle-East and continued through the cold war with Nordic cooperation in UN and subsequently NATO operations like the SFOR/IFOR and ISAF. During the first decades of peacekeeping the Nordic cooperation was focused on training activities and coordination of UN Standby Forces, also including different UN courses and information exchange.
Following Finland’s and Sweden’s entry into the NATO’s Partnership for Peace in 1994, the Nordic nations established the Nordic Armaments Cooperation (NORDAC) to coordinate development and procurement programmes. Also the coordination and cooperation in the growing number of PSOs was enhanced by establishing a Nordic Coordinated Arrangement for Military Peace Support (NORDCAPS) in 1997. NORDCAPS offered joint Nordic training for PSO, as well as coordinated Nordic contributions to capacity building and security sector reform. In 2003 Iceland became a member of NORDCAPS.
In June 2007 the armed forces of Norway and Sweden published a joint study outlining a partnership to increase cost-efficiency and to enable their militaries to retain the full range of military capabilities. The envisaged cooperation would become a complement to the countries’ close cooperation within NATO and the EU. In November 2008, as follow up on the June report, Norway, Sweden and Finland were joined by Denmark and Iceland in establishing the Nordic Supportive Defence Structures (NORDSUP).
To further develop the Nordic defence cooperation a MoU was signed in November 2009 between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden establishing the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) as a truly Nordic cooperation. The establishment of NORDEFCO created a common institutional structure out of the previous Nordic defence cooperation arrangements NORDAC, NORDCAPS and NORDSUP.
The purpose of NORDEFCO is to strengthen the participant’s national defence, explore synergies and facilitate efficient common solutions.
NORDEFCO has an annual rotating chairmanship. At the military level the Nordic Military Coordination Committee (MCC) will manage the Armed Forces cooperation. The MCC consists of generals or flag officers appointed by their respective Chief of Defence.
Subordinated to the MCC are the five Cooperation Areas (COPA): Strategic Development, Capabilities, Human Resources & Education, Training & Exercises, and Operations. The COPAs are responsible for leading, managing and implementing the decisions made by the MCC. The COPA Management Group, as a group of experts, is also the principal body for assessing and advising whether an activity may be worthwhile for Nordic cooperation.
Iceland is not participating in the practical cooperation at the military level, but participates at the political level. All activities in NORDEFCO aim at finding or performing activities that lead to increased quality, enhanced operational effect and/or cost savings. To minimize bureaucracy and to prevent duplication of work, the common activities should be managed within the regular national chain of command to the greatest extent possible. This is also to ensure that the Nordic defence cooperation becomes an integrated part of the daily work in the armed forces.
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