The Defence Forces publishes wartime photographs on the internet

The Defence Forces publishes wartime photographs on the internet

Posted: 2013-05-23 Category: EMPA news

The Defence Forces' Photographic Centre will publish around 170,000 wartime photographs on the internet. The collection "From the front line to the home front 1939-1945" can be found on the internet at the address SA-kuva.fi. The photographic material is made available to all Finnish people by the Defence Forces.

Nordic Military Coordination Committee to meet in Helsinki

Nordic Military Coordination Committee to meet in Helsinki

Posted: 2013-05-23 Category: EMPA news

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.

Austria: The referendum on the abolishment of conscription and the present and future situation

Austria: The referendum on the abolishment of conscription and the present and future situation

Posted: 2013-05-14 Category: EMPA news

The ways of recruitment to the military vary notably from country to country. The Austrian Armed Forces dispose of a system based on conscription. On January 20, 2013, Austria held a public opinion poll on the abolishment of conscription. A public opinion poll is nothing else but a consultation of the Austrian citizens. Paragraph 49b on the Austrian constitution reads as follows: “(1) a public opinion poll on a matter of fundamental and overall national importance, which shall be implemented by federal legislation, must take place if members of the National Council present a motion for it or the Federal Government decides to do so after a preliminary debate in the Central Committee.” The result of a public opinion poll is not binding for the government. However, the Austrian government declared that it would respect the outcome of the consultation. 

An unusual visit to the Blue Brigade - JFC Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Szczecin

An unusual visit to the Blue Brigade - JFC Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Szczecin

Posted: 2013-04-29 Category: EMPA news

19 th  April -  the 12th Mechanised Brigaded welcomed General Hans-Lothar Domröse JFC Commander (the Allied Joint Force Command) in Brunssum.

(In Europe, we have two Operational Commands of this type: one is located in Brunssum, the other in Naples. Currently there are 34 Polish soldiers serving in Brunssum.)

During a visit to the Blue Brigade the JFC Commander was accompanied by Head of Training of the Polish Land Forces General Marek Tomaszycki and Commander of the 12th Mechanized Division General Ireneusz Bartniak.

Latvian National Guard guardsmen are getting ready for duty in the European Union Battlegroup

Latvian National Guard guardsmen are getting ready for duty in the European Union Battlegroup

Posted: 2013-04-09 Category: EMPA news

The Latvian Government approved the National Armed Forces’ units participation in the European Union (EU) Battlegroup on January 29. This will be the first time when the Latvian Zemessardze (National Guard) guardsmen will participate in the EU Battlegroup; the duty will begin in the second half of this year.

Competition for participation in the battlegroup was very fierce. The selection process of potential candidates identified 1,669 guardsmen and approximately 80 guardsmen from seven battalions of the 2nd Zemessardze Region were selected.

The BALTDEFCOL New Commandant Pays a Visit to Riga

The BALTDEFCOL New Commandant Pays a Visit to Riga

Posted: 2013-03-26 Category: EMPA news

The Commandant of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras paid a visit to Riga on 1 March. During his meeting with the Republic of Latvia Minister of Defence PhD Artis Pabriks and Latvian Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, Major General Vaikšnoras introduced his vision for the BALTDEFCOL development; the Latvian position on the progress of the BALTDEFCOL Higher Command Studies Course and the Civil Servants Course was also being discussed.

Seeing the Serbian peacekeepers off to Cyprus and Lebanon

Seeing the Serbian peacekeepers off to Cyprus and Lebanon

Posted: 2013-03-22 Category: EMPA news

In the "South" base, the members of the Serbian Armed Forces that will participate in multinational operations in Cyprus and Lebanon have been officially seen off. Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic handed the flags of the Republic of Serbia to platoon leaders Major Ljubomir Punic and Captain Milos Todorovic, greeted all the members of the military heading to peacekeeping mission and wished them luck in carrying out this important task.

The rise of European Defence: From Option to Necessity

The rise of European Defence: From Option to Necessity

Posted: 2013-03-18 Category: EMPA news

During the last years of global economic crisis, the European Union has been hit the hardest. As a result, its formerly famous global “soft power” for what it received Nobel peace prize last year, is on the decline. Apart of economic challenges, in the forthcoming future the Europeans are going to face increasing security challenges arising from global shifts of power and new threats in Middle East, North Africa, and many other places. In the meantime, the United States are decreasing its presence on the European continent and increasingly demanding Europeans to take more responsibility in the defence spending of NATO where European share is only about 28% of total, remaining being the US contribution.

Enhancing cooperation with Great Britain

Enhancing cooperation with Great Britain

Posted: 2013-03-14 Category: EMPA news

Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Aleksandar Vucic met in London with Foreign Minister William Hague, as well as with members of the House of Lords, the EU Committee of the British Parliament. Ministers Vucic and Haig discussed the European integration of Serbia, Kosovo and Metohija, judicial reform and the fight against corruption. The two ministers expressed their wishes that Serbia and the United Kingdom are reliable partners.

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.