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Closing Ranks at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Closing Ranks at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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Previously, there were two different approaches to the cooperation between the military medical services of NATO and EU. On 3 September 2019, the most senior representatives of the medical services from 14 nations signed a declaration aimed at combining both approaches.

The signed declaration at a table

A declaration that will change a lot

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The declaration of Initial Operational Capability (IOC), of the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre/European Medical Command (MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility) marked the actual go-ahead of cooperation. "The event is so important because with their signature the most senior representatives of the medical services document their attachment and commitment to this important project of the medical services of NATO and EU", said Brigadier, Medical Corps, Dr Stefan Kowitz, Director MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility.

MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility

Different flags at a table

In particular for the medical service, multinationality is becoming ever more important

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MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility serves as connecting link between NATO and EU. Since its setup in December 2017, the multinational centre has been tasked with coordinating the medical capabilities of the different nations. Also, the different requirements on medical operational forces must be harmonised in accordance with NATO, EU and UNUnited Nations mandates so as to be able to be equally ready for all mandates. In the future, MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility will also offer services in the fields of patient flow management and medical logistics.

Round table

Military Representatives are sitting at a long table

The declaration of IOC is signed by all representatives of the participating nations

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Although the "round table" in the "Kuppelsaal" (domed hall) of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was rectangular, it definitely had a signalling effect. The participating nations shall fill with life the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility located in Koblenz as equal partners. Beside the German elements, the multinational element of MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility so far consists of a Dutch and a Norwegian liaison officer, a French liaison officer will join in the course of 2020. After achieving Initial Operational Capability, the build-up of MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility will continue by the assignment of further liaison officers of the participating nations.

Formal confirmation

Two men are inspecting the troops

Major General, Medical Corps, Dr Schoeps, and the Chief Mayor of the city of Koblenz, David Langner, inspect the troops

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In a military ceremony performed at the Koblenz Rhine Barracks on 4 September, IOC was formally confirmed and declared in the presence of the representatives of the 14 participating nations and numerous guests. Witnessed by the representatives of the participating medical services, the Deputy Surgeon General of the Bundeswehr, Major General, Medical Corps, Dr Stephan Schoeps declared Initial Operational Capability of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility. Subsequently, the Chief Mayor of the city of Koblenz also addressed the multinational representatives and visitors to the ceremony.

Together we are strong

Dr Schoeps is holding his speech

Facilitate interoperability: Major General, Medical Corps, Dr Stephan Schoeps underlines the importance of joining efforts

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The presence of the most senior representatives of the participating nations underlines the significance of this project. 90% of the EU citizens are living in a country that is member to NATO. Major General, Medical Corps, Dr Stephan Schoeps concluded by underlining the significance of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility, saying that the resulting collective security needs require the promotion of interoperability between these states, for "together we are strong".

by Michael Tomelzik