Category Archives: European Affairs

Belgium’s Candidacy for UN Security Council -3

  logo-belgium-un-security- council Protected by Copyright LAW   “Fostering Consensus, Acting for Peace

As an original founders of the United Nations, in 1945  Belgium signed the UN Charter along with 50 other countries.  And since then it has been actively engaged in contributing to Peace and Security in Europe and in the World. Its role has been, not limited, but also covers the critical areas of Conflict Management, Mediation and Peacebuilding within the UN.  Only in 2015  Belgium has contributed $ 85 million to UN Peacekeeping operations. And it had participated in 71 UN Peacekeeping missions deployed since 1948.

News from MFA of Belgium                                        News from Belgian Armed-Forces 
News from Belgium Mission to the UN                 News from PM Charles Michel

The leadership of Austrian Armed-Forces in Europe

EUFOR Operation Althea was launched in December 2004 to replace (SFOR) the NATO-led Stabilizing Force in Bosnia Herzegovina.  Since then the Austrian Armed Forces have been in the front line holding the leadership in EUFOR.

Earlier this month, from October 1st the 5 days International exercise Quick Response 2016     was  executed under Austrian Military leadership in the western part of Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The EUFOR Multinational Battalion, the Intermediate Reserve Force from United Kingdom, the Tactical Reserve from KFOR, the Armed Forces Bosnia-Herzegovina, Portugal and Hungary have been taking part in it. The exercise aimed to enhance the close cooperation and interoperability of multinational Military units in EUFOR for maintaining security and rapid response in crisis.    

October 6, 2016 © Austrian Armed-Forces

News from Austrian MFA                                 News from Austrian MFA Spokesperson 
News from Austrian Armed-Forces                                                        News from EUFOR                                                       Sources: The Austrian Armed-Forces/EUFOR  

French Naval Force in Operation Atalanta-1

The history of France,  like the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and other Europeans…. echos centuries of successful and highly advanced Naval Forces which reigned…… and has possessed the Oceans and the Seas.                                                                                                                                                                                       In the recent years– in the European counter-piracy Operation, France has been contributing  a vital part from early 2009.   french-naval-vessel-frigate-la-fayette

Frigate  La Fayette © EU NAVFOR 

On September 28, the French Navy redeployed its Frigate  La Fayette in Operation Atalanta  to join the other European Naval Forces in the EU NAVFOR for the ongoing Operation.                                                                   Marking it not the first time, the multi-task Naval vessel carrying the name of  General la Fayette  has been previously in several rotational terms deployed in EU NAVFOR for combating the piracy and reinforcing the Maritime Security in the Indian Oceans and gulf of Aden.   

  1. Additional: Atalanta : Le patrouilleur L’Adroit entre en Atalanta
  2. EU NAVFOR Force Commander Visits French Frigate La Fayette
  3. The Swedish warship Carlskrona to a warm welcome from the French Frigate La Fayett

Sources: EU NAVFOR/Marine nationale

The U.S leadership in the World by former Secretary General of NATO-2

The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom


Watch the video about the book by S.G Rasmussen 

A new book by former Secretary General of NATO  and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 The Secretary General’s Organisation: Rasmussen Global 

U.S-European Armed-Forces in Exercise Northern Challenge 16

Northern Challenge 16 is under way in Keflavik, Iceland.                                                                                                    The Exercise is a multinational counter explosive device in NATO’s counter-terrorism programme and hosted by Iceland. 

northern-challenge-excercise-us-air-force-sep-2016 September 22, 2016                         © U.S Mission to NATO       © U.S Air Force Europe-Africa

The U.S Air Force Europe and the 52nd EOD ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Airmen have been holding a crucial role for executing this multinational exercise along with Iceland as the host country. 

Announced by the U.S Air Base in Germany, the  52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs:  “The Exercise is to bring U.S and European counterparts from allied and partner nations to become familiar with each other’s Military procedures and achieve greater interoperability in combating terrorism.”

The participating Armed-Forces are from NATO allies,  Partnership for Peace,  including:  Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

 News from MFA of Iceland                                    News from Iceland Mission to NATO  
 Sources:  U.S Air Force in Europe-Africa/52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/ Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany/ U.S Mission to NATO

NATO will continue its support for KFOR mission

On September 12, during an official meeting of Deputy Secretary General Vershbow  with  Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Mr Enver Hoxhaj in Brussels–  the Deputy Secretary General reassured Kosovo of NATO’s continuous support for KFOR.

KFOR will continue to contribute to a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement in Kosovo, working in close cooperation with the Kosovo authorities and with the EU.” 

  “….that NATO will continue to support the development of the security organisations in Kosovo and welcomed the increased professionalism shown by the Kosovo Police.” elaborated Deputy Secretary General Vershbow. September 12, 2016 © NATO Public Affairs

  1. AdditionalThe Role of NATO in Kosovo  
  2. US Army, KFOR,  EULEX  and Kosovo Police during Readiness at Silver Saber Multinational Training      

News from NATO                                                                      News from KFOR                                                                             Source: NATO Public Affairs 

U.S saluted Norway for its crucial Military leadership in Europe, NATO and beyond

On September 8th  Secretary of Defense Ash Carter traveled to Norway and met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide.  During this trip Secretary Carter with Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide also visited the Bodo Air Base and was given the presentation of Norwegian Military capabilities.

Norway is a Strong, Indispensable U.S. Security Partner bilaterally, within NATO, in the North Atlantic and Arctic, in Afghanistan and as part of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” elaborated  Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in the press conference. Norway September 8, 2016 © DoD 



Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Soreide met with Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots  at Bodo Air Base, Norway, September 8, 2016 © DoD 

The Secretary of Defense continued:

“Norway is already one of eight NATO nations spending at least 20 percent of its defense budget on equipment and it’s investing in new capabilities that will strengthen both Norway’s national defense and NATO,”

 “Norway will contribute a company to NATO’s Persistent Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania. In Afghanistan, Norwegian personnel make important contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support mission as mentors to Afghan security personnel and as first responders, especially after the recent attack on the American University in Kabul.”

The Secretary of Defense concluded:  “Thanks to leaders like Minister Søreide and its professional and principled military personnel,” Norway “will continue to play a leading role in bolstering collective security and making a better world for all of us.” September 8, 2016 © DoD 

Additional:  Carter Salutes Norway as Strong, Indispensable Security Partner

Source: DoD/Cheryl Pellerin

The U.S- European Armed-Forces in Exercise Combined Resolve VII

The U.S Army’s European Rotational Force with over 15  European States are participating in one of the biggest U.S-European Multinational joint training: Exercise Combined Resolve VII.                                              The exercise has been held from August 8 to September 15 in southeastern Germany with the participation of  3,500 soldiers from the Armed-Forces of:   Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and the United States.






September 13, 2016 © US Army Europe/U.S Mission to NATO


Formulated in four stages the Exercise intends:

  • To provide the Raiders Brigade with multinational training and partnership;
  • To  enhance the flexibility;
  • To enhance the agility and ability to better operate alongside NATO allies and partners in Europe. © Described by the U.S 7th Army Training Command 

News from  the US 7th Army Training Command                                                                                                                              News from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria                                                                                                                                                       News from US Naval Forces Europe-Africa                                                                                                                                               News from US Air Force Europe-Africa                                                                                                                                                   News from Strong Europe US Army Europe  

Source: US Army Europe/ the US 7th Army Training Command 

The United Kingdom’s leadership in the UN Peacekeeping Missions


Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon hosted a UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016. The participants from 80 countries agreed to provide more supports for the UN Peacekeeping missions and the Humanitarian interventions.

The objectives of the conference: 

  • To improve the planning of peacekeeping operations – so the UN can better match requirements to capabilities;
  • To implement the pledges made back in September – to guarantee the UN can continue to field its force in the future;
  • To up the performance of peacekeepers so UN forces are: better-led and better-trained; better balanced – with more women participating; and more capable of protecting civilians on the ground – including by implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda and preventing incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse.  Announced by the UK MOD Sep 7 2016 
  1. Additional: Opening Speech by Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Michael Fallon 
  2. Speech delivered by Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the UN, at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016

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News from Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond  
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U.S-European Armed-Forces in Exercise Swift Response 16

With more than 5000 soldiers and Airmen from 10  NATO Allied Armed-Forces,  Swift Response 16 was one of the greatest multi-national military crisis response training for Airborne forces, led by  7th U.S Army Training Command Europe. The training was executed in Poland and Germany  from May 27- June 26, with the successful outcomes.

The Armed-Forces participated in the Swift Response 16 training-exercise were from: Belgium,  France,  Germany Great Britain, Italy,  the Netherlands,  Poland,  Portugal,  Spain and  the United States.

The Overall objective in the Exercise was formulated to:

  • Enhance the readiness of the combat core of the U.S. Global Response Force
  • Conduct rapid-response
  • Joint-forcible entry
  • Follow-on operations alongside Allied high-readiness forces in Europe  (described by the U.S Army Europe)

August 31, 2016 © 7th Army Training Command

News from Strong Europe US Army Europe                
News from US Naval Forces Europe-Africa
News from US Air Force Europe-Africa
News from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria                                     News from NATO

Source: U.S Army Europe 

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