BRUSSELS, NOVEMBER 9 – With strong credential in the multilateral level, General Claudio Graziano has been selected as the new Chairman of the European Union Military Committee – CEUMC. The Italian Chief of Staff and former UNIFIL Force Commander will enter his office on November 2018, taking over from general Mikhail Kostarakos.
Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti expressed her congratulations: “This important achievement marks the recognition given by the European Union to the efforts of our Country and of the Italian Armed Forces. My heartfelt thanks to General Graziano for the dedication, the professionalism and the humanity that have characterized his work as Chief of Defence Staff”. “I am sure that, thanks to his undisputed capacities, general Graziano will make a significant contribution to the establishment of a European Defence system”, she added.
General Graziano has been selected by the Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of the 27 EU Member States meeting in Brussels. He will entered his three-year office on November 2018, taking over from General Mikhail Kostarakos. The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee is the highest EU military authority. He is the military advisor of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expresses Military Committee’s opinions and decisions to the Political and Security Committee (PSC) and provides guidelines to the Director General of the European Union Military Staff.
The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) was set up by Council Decision 2001/79/CFSP of 22 January 2001. It directs all military activities within the EU framework, in particular the planning and execution of military missions and operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the development of military capabilities. Italy already held the permanent chair with General Rolando Mosca Moschini (April 2004 – November 2006).
The appointment of General Graziano is a sign of the high esteem for his capacities at the international level and of the appreciation of the Italian Armed Forces which give a fundamental contribution to the European Union activities, not only in numerical terms, but also for the high professionalism they always show in EU operations. The choice of General Graziano is also a recognition of the political-strategical role played Italy and its strong endorsement for a European Defence system. (@OnuItalia)