Key Leaders from NATO, Partner and member Nations of the Alliance will meet for NATO’s Strategic Military Partner Conference 2014 (SMPC 14). The conference will be hosted by NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) at the Kempinski Hotel Zografski in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 17-19, 2014.
SMPC is NATO’s principal military study seminar that focuses on transformational issues and future challenges for NATO and its partners alike. This annual event enables Chiefs of Defence of NATO and Partner nations to share their perspectives on strategic issues of common interest. The intent of SMPC is to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding transformation throughout the trans-Atlantic community by creating a common understanding.
Building close ties with nations outside of NATO is extremely important for the Alliance. Therefore, partner nations play a central role every year at the conference. This year, over 60 nations will be invited with over 20 being partner nations.
SMPC is one of the most important events for NATO ACT and offers a great venue for discussing some of the most pressing issues facing the Alliance.
On June 18, 2014 you are invited to attend the following: - key speeches by General Simeon Hristov Simeonov, Bulgarian Chief of Defence; French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT); AMB Mitsuo Sakaba, Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO; and other senior NATO officials
- a news conference with SACT and the Bulgarian Chief of Defence
The seminar will continue in closed sessions after the morning speeches.
For more information about SMPC 14, visit http://www.act.nato.int/smpc-homepage
For more information about ACT, visit http://www.act.nato.int/, https://www.facebook.com/NATO.ACT, or https://twitter.com/NATO_ACT.
Bulgaria will host NATO’s Strategic Military Partner Conference at Chiefs of Defence level in the period 17 – 19 June 2014 in Sofia. The Conference is organized by NATO Allied Command Transformation with the participation of military delegations of the Alliance member and partner states.
Colleagues, we invite you on 18 June 2014 at 08:00 h at the Kempinski_Hotel Zografski to cover the opening and the first session of the Conference. Right after that NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) General Jean-Paul Paloméros and the Chief of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria General Simeon Simeonov will give a Press Conference for you.
Information on the Programme and the topics for discussion during the plenary sessions could be found at the official Internet site of the conference: http://www.act.nato.int/smpc-homepage
Journalists who would like to cover the event should make their accreditation until 12:00 h of June 4, 2014 submitting the following information: name, surname, uniform civil number, ID card number, Press Card number and position in the media they work on, to e-mail address email@example.com.
On 28 May 2014, the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr Ivan Ivanov had a meeting with Major General Ahmed Hussein Saleh Al-Akily, Office Director of the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces and Defence Minister Assistant for Policies and International Cooperation and Brigadier Mansour Mohammed Al-Ezzi, General Director of the Department of International Affairs at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Yemen, in the framework of the 11th edition of the International Exhibition HEMUS 2014 – Defence, Anti-terrorism and Security” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
At the meeting the two sides expressed willingness and readiness to establish equal and mutually-beneficial relations between Bulgaria and Yemen in the area of defence. Deputy Minister Ivanov highlighted that the Bulgarian side attached great importance to the Bulgarian-Yemeni Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation as a main forum for bilateral consultations.
The two sides discussed the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Yemen for Defence Cooperation” that would provide a legal framework for developing further the bilateral defence cooperation. During the talks Deputy Minister Ivanov informed the representatives of the Republic of Yemen of the possibilities for cooperation that Bulgaria could offer in the area of military education, military-technical cooperation and military medicine.
The two sides expressed hope that the meeting would contribute to expanding the contacts between Bulgaria and Yemen in the area defence and to strengthening the cooperation between the two Ministries of Defence in concrete spheres of common interest.
At the request of the Bulgarian side, the U.S. will provide 10 Textron Guardian vehicles for the Bulgarian military contingent in Afghanistan, which will be delivered to the troops in Afghanistan in the second half of 2014. The donation includes nine Guardian troop-carrying vehicles and an ambulance at a total cost of USD 25.6 M.
Bulgaria currently has seven Guardian vehicles, purchased in 2009 - six in Afghanistan and one in the 61st Stryamska Mechanized Brigade in Karlovo used for the purpose of Bulgarian military contingents’ training. Bulgarian experts will be responsible for the service and maintenance of the donated equipment without the need for additional financial resources from the Ministry of Defense budget.
By decision of the Council of Ministers on November 20, 2013, Bulgaria has confirmed its intention to participate with up to 110 Bulgarian troops in the NATO “Resolute Support” mission for training, advising and support of Afghanistan security forces.
“The policy framework for more systematic and long-term defence cooperation should consider the regional security aspects of the European security and defence and their specific capability needs,” Deputy Defence Minister Ivan Ivanov said today, April 15th, in Luxembourg, at the meeting of the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency, composed of the defence ministers of participating Member States.
Deputy Minister Ivanov pointed out that this framework should form conditions for Member States to maximum benefit from the “Pooling & Sharing” potentials, as well as innovative mechanisms, incentives and models of the best practices to support the Member States’ efforts towards cooperative development of key defence capabilities.
“It is necessary to maintain coherence with NATO defence planning processes and to encourage the participation of Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs), as a prerequisite for establishing a more sustainable and competitive European defence industrial and technological base and upholding Security of Supply (SoS),” Deputy Minister Ivanov said in conclusion.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting with the participation of Defence Ministers, held in Luxembourg, will continue by addressing issues concerning the Joint Communication on Maritime Security, the military operation of the European Union in the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA), the Eastern Partnership, and the situation in Ukraine.