Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
CEUMC coat of arms
EUMC coat of arms
Incumbent
General Claudio Graziano

since 6 November 2018
European Union Military Committee
Reports toHigh Representative
SeatKortenberg building, Brussels, Belgium
Term length3 years
Inaugural holderGeneral Gustav Hägglund
FormationDecember 2000
Websiteeuropa.eu

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC) is the four-star rank officer representing and presiding over the European Union's (EU) Military Committee (EUMC), composed of the chiefs of defence (CHODs) of the EU member states. The chairman is selected by the national chiefs of defence and appointed by the Council of the European Union for a three-year term.

Task

The chairman has the following tasks:[1]

The relationship between the High Representative, the Military Staff and Military Committee as of November 2017:[2] Colour key:
  High Representative (a Vice-President of the Commission)
 

Military Committee (EUMC; a Council body)
 
Military Staff (EUMS; a Directorate-General of the External Action Service)

High Representative

Chairman EUMC
Working Group

Working Group/Headline Goal Task Force
Director General EUMS/
Director MPCC
Legal advisorDeputy Director General
Horizontal Coordination
Assistant Chief of Staff for SynchronisationEU cell at SHAPEEU Liaison at the UN in NYAssistant Chief of Staff for External RelationsNATO Permanent Liaison Team
Concepts & Capabilities
Directorate
Intelligence
Directorate
Operations
Directorate
Logistics
Directorate
Communications & Information Systems
Directorate
Military Planning and
Conduct Capability
(MPCC)
Chief of Staff
Working Group
Current Operations


Role in command and control of missions

Further information: Command and control structure of the European Union

The EU command and control (C2) structure, as directed by political bodies which are composed of member states's representatives and generally require unanimous decisions, as of April 2019:[3]

Liaison:       Advice and recommendations       Support and monitoring       Preparatory work     
Political strategic level:
ISSEUCO Pres. (EUCO)Chain of command
Coordination/support
SatCenCIVCOMHR/VP (FAC)
INTCENHR/VP (PMG)HR/VP (PSC) (******)


CEUMC (EUMC)
CMPD


DGEUMS (***) (EUMS)
Military/civilian strategic level:


Dir MPCC (***) (MPCC)
JSCCCiv OpCdr CPCC(*)
Operational level:
MFCdr (****) (MFHQ)HoM (*)
Tactical level:
CC(**) LandCC(**) AirCC(**) MarOther CCs(**)
ForcesForcesForcesForces


*In the event of a CSDP Civilian Mission also being in the field, the relation with the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) and its Civilian Operation Commander (Civ OpCdr), as well as the subordinate Head of Mission (HoM), are coordinated as shown.
**Other Component Commanders (CCs) and service branches which may be established
***The MPCC is part of the EUMS and Dir MPCC is double-hatted as DGEUMS. Unless the MPCC is used as Operation Headquarters (OHQ), either a national OHQ offered by member states or the NATO Command Structure (NCS) would serve this purpose. In the latter instance, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), rather than Dir MPCC, would serve as Operation Commander (OpCdr).
****Unless the MPCC is used as Operation Headquarters (OHQ), the MFCdr would be known as a Force Commander (FCdr), and direct a Force Headquarters (FHQ) rather than a MFHQ. Whereas the MFHQ would act both on the operational and tactical level, the FHQ would act purely on the operational level.
*****The political strategic level is not part of the C2 structure per se, but represents the political bodies, with associated support facilities, that determine the missions' general direction. The Council determines the role of the High Representative (HR/VP), who serves as Vice-President of the European Commission, attends European Council meetings, chairs the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and may chair the Political and Security Committee (PSC) in times of crisis. The HR/VP proposes and implements CSDP decisions.
******Same composition as Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) II, which also prepares for the CSDP-related work of the FAC.

List of holders

No. Chairman Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Nationality Ref
1
Hägglund, GustavGeneral
Gustav Hägglund
(born 1938)
3 June 20019 April 20042 years, 311 days

Finnish Army
 Finland
2
Moschini, Rolando MoscaGeneral
Rolando Mosca Moschini
(born 1939)
9 April 20046 November 20062 years, 211 days

Army
 Italy
3
Bentégeat, HenriGeneral
Henri Bentégeat
(born 1946)
6 November 20066 November 20093 years, 0 days

Army
 France
4
Syrén, HåkanGeneral
Håkan Syrén
(born 1952)
6 November 20096 November 20123 years, 0 days

Navy
(Amphibious Corps)
 Sweden
5
de Rousiers, PatrickGeneral
Patrick de Rousiers
(born 1955)
6 November 20126 November 20153 years, 0 days

Air Force
 France[4]
6
Kostarakos, MichailGeneral
Michail Kostarakos
(born 1956)
6 November 20156 November 20183 years, 0 days

Army
 Greece[5]
7
Graziano, ClaudioGeneral
Claudio Graziano
(born 1953)
6 November 2018Incumbent2 years, 85 days

Army
 Italy

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.consilium.europa.eu/eeas/security-defence/csdp-structures-and-instruments/eu-military-committee-(eumc)/chairman-eumc?lang=en
  2. ^ https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/impetus_24_dp_final_1.pdf
  3. ^ EU Command and Control, p. 13, Military Staff
  4. ^ http://www.consilium.europa.eu/eeas/security-defence/csdp-structures-and-instruments/eu-military-committee-(eumc)/chairman-eumc/eumc-activities/eumc-6-november-2012
  5. ^ "General Kostarakos elected president of the EU Military Committee". To Vima. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.

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