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Milestone for future cooperation with NATO

Milestone for future cooperation with NATO

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With their signatures, the Directors of the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre / European Medical Command (MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility) and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) on 18 March 2021 laid the foundation for the future cooperation of both organisations

A soldier sitting at a desk signs a sheet of paper

Brigadier, Medical Corps, Dr Stefan Kowitz signs the document on the future cooperation between both organisations that was prepared in consensus with MILMED COE

Bundeswehr/Michael Laymann

The 5-page document outlines the major tasks of both organisations and their respective focus areas and responsibilities.

"Our common focus must be on facing the medical requirements of today efficiently and with all our expertise",

emphasized the Director MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility.

Practise complementary and coordinated cooperation here

The clear definition of the main tasks of both organisations enables to make effective use of resources. Core task of MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility is the medical cooperation with SHAPE and its subordinate commands at operational level. These activities are supplemented by the improvement of civil-military cooperation and Medical Service resilience.

MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility and NATO MILMED COE will continue to harmonise their work programme to avoid duplication of effort. Both organisations have agreed on regular coordination meetings on a quarterly basis.

Important step towards capability development

The monitor shows a soldier signing a sheet of paper

During the video conference, the Director of MILMED COE and the Director MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility sign the minutes on the future cooperation

Bundeswehr/Michael Laymann

With this coordination document, MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility has taken another fundamental step towards capability development of the future international medical hub for medical situational awareness.

For the last development phase, the team around the Director, Brigadier, Medical Corps, Dr Stefan Kowitz, is currently planning for exercise "Resilient Medical Interface 2021" in November. During this exercise, MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility intends to demonstrate its capabilities. Owing to the pandemic, however, the ceremony on the occasion of the solemn commissioning of the new multinational coordination element of NATO and EU will only take place in March next year.

by Rico Maderthoner 

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