HistoryIn 1977, chief editors, and directors of important national and international military newspapers and periodicals from several European nations met for a first exchange of ideas upon the initiative of the Italian General Dionisio Sepielli.
For the first time, participants could share their journalistic experiences with regard to military periodicals in person discussions.
In 1978, Divisionär (Major General) Ernst Wetter (Switzerland) assumed the office of the executive president, thus taking on the by no means easy task to prepare the ground for the planned association of military journalists.
In 1980, the first statues of EMPA were passed during a meeting at the Führungsakademie (Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College) in Hamburg. The first Board, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Christian Alexander Müller (Germany) as its president, was elected.
Until 1992, nine congress and several meetings were held, during which the armed forces of different nations were visited. At the congress in Budapest, Hungary, Brigadier General Winfried Vogel (Germany) took over the presidency of EMPA in 1992. He was re-elected for a further in office in Warsaw in 1996.
In 1997, during the general meeting at Koblenz, Germany, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Gerard (Belgium) was elected as successor of General Vogel, who had fallen ill. In 1999 at Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Colonel Friedhelm Klein (Germany), was elected president of the Association.
On the occasion of the constituent meeting of EMPA as an association under Swiss private law, the general assembly at Lugano, Switzerland, approved the new statues in 1993. In 1996 in Warsaw, in 2000 at Spiez, Switzerland, and at last in 2002 at Split, Croatia, these statues have been modified.
Currently, the Association has members in 21 European nations, working as journalists in military affairs or as experts publishing about security and defence policy matters in military or other media.
Number Year Place Country 1 1977 Rome (Meeting) IT 2 1978 Lugano (Meeting) CH 3 1980 Hamburg GE 4 1982 Vienna AU 5 1984 Den Haag NL 6 1985 Bodenmais (Meeting) GE 7 1986 Brussels BE 8 1987 Bodenmais (Meeting) GE 9 1988 Salzburg AU 10 1989 Amersfort (Meeting) NL 11 1990 Bern CH 12 1991 Bodenamis (Meeting) GE 13 1992 Budapest HU 14 1993 Lugano CH 15 1994 Rijswijk NL 16 1995 Prague CZ 17 1996 Warsaw PL 18 1997 Koblenz GE 19 1998 Brussels BE 20 1999 Wiener Neustadt AU 21 2000 Spiez CH 22 2001 Balatongyörök HU 23 2002 Split CR 24 2003 Gdynia PL 25 2004 Oslo NW 26 2005 Bratislava SL 27 2006 Brussels BE 28 2007 Ljubljana SLO 29 2008 Riga LV 30 2009 Wien AUT 31 2010 Belgrade CS 32 2011 Lucerne CH
The Board of the European Military Press Association
Major General Dionisio Sepielli. Italy, 1977-1978
Major General EmstVVetter, Svvitzerland, 1978-1980
Lieutenant Colonel Christian Alexander Muller, Germany, 1980-1992
Brigadier General Dr. VVinfried Vogel, Germany, 1992-1997
Lieutenant Colonel Henri Gerard, Belgium, 1997-1999
Colonel Friedhelm Klein, Germany, 1999-2003
Mr.Tor Eigil Stordahl, Norway, 2003-2007
Colonel Dr. Jorg Aschenbrenner, Austria, 2007-2011
Mrs. Liga Lakuca, Latvia, 2011-
Lieutenant Colonel Alberto Scotti, ltaly, 1980-1982
Major H. van Hulzenjhe Netherlands, 1982-1983
Colonel J. de Lange, The Netherlands, 1983-1994
Colonel Roberto Vecchi, Svvitzerland, 1994-1999
Brigadier General (retd) Prof. Dr. Horst Māder, Austria, 1999-2003
Mr. VVojciech Luczak, Poland, 2003-2007
Mrs. Liga Lakuca, Latvia, 2007-2011
Mag. Roman Bric, Slovenia, 2011-
Dr. Laszlo Dobos, Hungary,1983
Colonel Edvvin Hofstetter, Svvitzerland, 1983-1995
Colonel Antoni VVitkovvski, Poland, 1995-1999
Colonel VVerner HungerbOhler, 1999-2003
Colonel Helmut Fischer, Germany, 2003-2007
Lieutenant Colonel John Dumin, Ireland, 2007-2011
Col GS (ret.) Dr. Hans Wegmüller, Switzerland, 2011-
Dr. Heinz Magenheimer, Austria, 1980-1982
Major Genot, Begium, 1982-1983
Lieutenant Colonel VVilhelm Bocklet, Germany, 1983-1999
Colonel Helmut Fischer, Germany, 1999-2003
Mr. Erling Eikli, Norway, 2003-2007
Colonel Karl-Heinz Leitner, Austria, 2007-2011
Col GS (res.) Raimonds Nitiss B.A., Latvia, 2011-
QMSGT. Jean-Paul Gudit, Switzerland, 2000