The European Military Press Association’s Congress 2012
The European Military Press Association’s (EMPA) Congress was organized in conjunction with the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference (FSEC) 10th Anniversary event in Prague, Czech Republic from 17 to 19 October 2012.
This year the European Military Press Association celebrates its 35th anniversary, the Association was founded in 1977. During the congress EMPA’s most senior member LTC (ret.) Peter Uhde from Germany was honoured for participation in his 20th EMPA’s congress.
This year’s congress gathered 23 members from EMPA’ national chapters representing Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland as well as 7 observers from Finland, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and the Netherlands.
EMPA’s General Meeting that was organized in the framework of EMPA’s 2012 Congress dealt with Association’s organizational issues as well as its present and future challenges. The participants of EMPA’s General Meeting were honoured to have the First Deputy Chief of the Czech Armed Forces’ General Staff Major General Miroslav Žižka in attendance and listen to his welcome speech and presentation The Czech Armed Forces an Active Contributor to European Security. Mr. Luukas Kristjan Ilves from the Estonian Information System’s Agency gave a presentation Cyber Security Trends and Challenges – Topics of Interest to EMPA Members.
EMPA’s General Meeting concluded by announcing 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award winners. For the first time in Association’s history, the 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. Col. Helmut Anzeletti (Austria) was awarded with EMPA’s 2012 Best Article Award for his article Georgia – Where I left my soul (Memories of the United Nations Military Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) that was published in Truppendienst, June 2011. Mr. Erling Eikli (Norway) was awarded with EMPA’s 2012 Best Photo Award for his photo The great finale - After one year of training the Norwegian conscripts of His Majesty the King’s Guard performs during a tattoo show on the Red Square in Moscow that was published in F – Forsvarets forum No.10, 2011.
During EMPA’s 2012 Congress’ events its members had an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Alexander Vondra, Deputy Chief of Czech General Staff Brigadier General Bohuslav Dvořák, the FSEC General Managing Director Mr. Jan Sajdl as well as many other interesting personalities, see and participate in the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference events, explore a variety of companies and enterprises, and their products, visit the Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod shooting range and the Military Technical Museum of the Military History Institute.
For additional information, please visit the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference webpage: http://www.natoexhibition.org/
The European Military Press Association’s next year’s Congress will held from 8 to 10 October 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.
Translated by Karlis Lidaks
EMPA Congress 2012 is scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012
The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference Will Bring NATO, FBI and Europol VIPs to Prague
The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference, which will take place in the Exhibition Grounds in Prague – Letňany from October 17 to October 19, 2012, has undergone a major shift, from an event the sole purpose of which was a contract-signing platform to an event which introduces new topics and issues not just in the military field, but also in the areas of protection of critical infrastructure and cyberspace. The fair will remain a presentation of top-notch defence technologies and an important destination of businessmen from every corner of the world, but it will also bring a new added value, as it will attract people who set trends in the North Atlantic Alliance and national armies to Prague.