Cooperation with European Defense Agency

Cooperation with European Defense Agency

Posted: 2013-03-07 Category: EMPA news

Delegation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, headed by the State Secretary Zoran Djordjevic, visited the European Defence Agency in Brussels. The visit to the Agency was held in the framework of negotiations regarding the agreements on administrative cooperation between the Defence Ministry and the agency states. The meeting was attended by the top management of the Agency, headed by Executive Director Claude-France Arnaudt.

Future Soldier videos

Future Soldier videos

Posted: 2013-02-17 Category: EMPA news

The 2012 Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference (FSEC)  - an international event organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic, the Defence and Security Association, the Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufacturers and Sellers, the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association and the Czech University of Defence was an excellent opportunity to inspect state-of-the-art future soldier technologies.

The Annual Nordic-Baltic Chiefs of Defence meeting held in Klaipeda, Lithuania

The Annual Nordic-Baltic Chiefs of Defence meeting held in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Posted: 2013-02-11 Category: EMPA news

On January 31 the Chiefs of Defence of Nordic and Baltic countries’ met at the Headquarters of the Lithuanian Navy in Klaipeda. At their two days meeting issues of regional security, joint military projects, such as organizing joint military exercises in the Baltic Sea region, contribution to NATO and the EU-led operations, military capabilities in multinational operations as well as modern security challenges – energy and cyber defence, and their influence on overall security as well as on defence and military capabilities were discussed. 

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

Posted: 2013-01-31 Category: EMPA news

The 2013 NATO Training Synchronisation Conference concluded on 24 January after 3 days of extensive discussions and collaboration. Nearly 180 participants from over 36 countries with representatives from the NATO Command structures, the NATO Member States and the Alliance Partner States had gathered for the event in Riga, Latvia.

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century.

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century.

Posted: 2012-11-28 Category: EMPA article awards

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century. Is Constitution of Latvia an Effective Legal Tool to Counter Security Challenges and Threats?

 

 

The article was published in November 2012 by Latvian Academy of 

Sciences within proceedings and scientific articles of the international 

conference- Democracy and Development, held in Riga, Latvia in April 

27-28, 2012.

Iraq: fragile justice

Iraq: fragile justice

Posted: 2012-11-15 Category: EMPA news

Nearly 10 years after regime change, seven years since the first democratic elections and despite several billion dollars worth of targeted aid, the rule of law in Iraq ranges from fragile to non-existent. In one of the first tests of Europe’s Common Security and Defence Policy, a small and little-known mission, EUJUST LEX-Iraq, is braving the precarious security situation to try to strengthen Iraqi institutions, such as the judiciary, police and prison services.

EMPA's 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award Winners Announced

EMPA's 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award Winners Announced

Posted: 2012-10-29 Category: EMPA news

EMPA’s 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award winners were announced during Association’s General Meeting that took place in Prague, Czech Republic on 18 October 2012. EMPA’s President Mrs. Līga Lakuča in her address reminded participating members and guests that this year for the first time in Association’s history, EMPA’s annual best article and best picture awards’ winners were selected by members’ internet voting. This year there were 4 nominations from 3 countries for EMPA’s 2012 Best Article Award and 37 nominations from 6 countries for EMPA’s 2012 Best Picture Award.

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and  the Future of the Mission

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and the Future of the Mission

Posted: 2012-09-10 Category: EMPA news

NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics was launched in 2004 after Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined NATO. Since then air force fighters from 14 countries have performed air policing. There are countries that have fulfilled this mission only once but others, like Germany, have fulfilled the mission already five times. Poland has participated in this mission four times, the United States, France and Denmark three times, Belgium, Norway and the Czech Republic twice. Air policing mission has experienced a number of extensions, the latest being at NATO Chicago Summit this summer where it was extended for indefinite period of time which surely should be regarded as an excellent result of the three Baltic States’ diplomatic performance and cooperation.

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Posted: 2012-09-04 Category: EMPA news

The Most Reverend Archbishop Zbig­ņevs Stan­ke­vičs of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Riga visited the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži base and Chapel; he met with Latvian Chief of Defence (CHOD) Major General Raimonds Graube, LNAF Chief of Chaplains Elmārs Pļaviņš, base units’ commanders and chaplains. During our interview we discussed the life and values, and the chaplains’ role in our armed forces.

Chaplaincy Service in Latvia

Chaplaincy Service in Latvia

Posted: 2012-09-04 Category: EMPA editorials

The Most Reverend Archbishop Zbig­ņevs Stan­ke­vičs of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Riga visited the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži base and Chapel; he met with Latvian Chief of Defence (CHOD) Major General Raimonds Graube, LNAF Chief of Chaplains Elmārs Pļaviņš, base units’ commanders and chaplains. During our interview we discussed the life and values, and the chaplains’ role in our armed forces.

Finnish Air Force Joins Nordic Air Meet 2012 over Northern Sweden

Finnish Air Force Joins Nordic Air Meet 2012 over Northern Sweden

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Swedish Air Force hosts a combined live exercise dubbed Nordic Air Meet 2012 in the airspace of Northern Sweden on 27 August to 7 September. The Finnish Air Force’s contribution to the event will be eight Hornet multi-role fighters. Tanker aircraft of the United States Air Force will also be involved, operating out of the Rovaniemi airfield.

Finnish Navy to participate in operational maritime oil pollution response exercise Balex Delta

Finnish Navy to participate in operational maritime oil pollution response exercise Balex Delta

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Navy will participate in the largest ever oil pollution response exercise to be conducted in the Baltic Sea. The Balex Delta exercise, coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute will be held at sea off the coast of Helsinki from 28-29 August 2012.

 

Some 500 persons will attend the exercise along with over twenty pollution response vessels from nine different countries.

Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff to visit Finland

Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff to visit Finland

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán McCann and his spouse will arrive in Finland today for an official from 27 to 29 August 2012. The Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, General Ari Puheloinen will host the visit together with his spouse.

Waiting for Bagram

Waiting for Bagram

Posted: 2012-08-25 Category: EMPA news

From August 12th, 2012 on the territory of the 12 Mechanized Brigade barracks in Szczecin, sixteen National Guard soldiers (NG) from Illinois are preparing to participate in the "Bagram XII" exercise.