CMDR COE celebrated its 7th Anniversary

CMDR COE celebrated its 7th Anniversary
Date: (31-03-2022)

On 31 March 2022, CMDR COE celebrated its 7th Anniversary. Having received an official accreditation by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) in 2015, the Centre was activated as a NATO Military body with an international status under Article 14 of the Paris Protocol, and it thus became the 21st NATO Centre of Excellence. During the past seven years, CMDR COE has demonstrated its active engagement with the support of the capability enhancement and the transformation within the Alliance.

On the occasion of its 7th Anniversary, the Centre was honored by the presence of Ambassadors and Defence Attachés from Embassies accredited in the Republic of Bulgaria (Albania, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Morroco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kindgom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America), the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria – Mr. Yordan Bozhilov, the Deputy Chief of Defence – Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, the Advisors of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria on Security and Defence – Mr. Iliya Milushev and Mr. Stefan Godzhevargov, the Member of the Parliament - Mr. Hristo Simeonov, among others.


In his speech during the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria congratulated the CMDR COE on its achievements, expressed gratitude to the Sponsoring Nations of the Centre for their support and cooperation, and highlighted the importance of Allied security, solidarity and cohesion. Furthermore, the Deputy Chief of Defence highlighted the long-standing cooperation between CMDR COE and the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, pointed out the contribution of the Centre’s Sponsoring Nations to the enhancement of NATO’s defence and security capabilities, and expressed gratitude to the dedication and professionalism of the CMDR COE staff members. On behalf of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, his Advisor on Security and Defense placed emphasis on the high level of ambition, expertise and capabilities of CMDR COE, and congratulated the Centre’s leadership and staff on the occasion of the Anniversary of the Centre, by wishing them all the best, good health and strength to accomplish their mission.


Cordial greetings on the occasion were received from the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Embassies accredited in the Republic of Bulgaria, HQ Allied Command Transformation, Directors of other COEs, Directorates of the Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces Commands, Military Police Service, Military Intelligence Service, Rakovski National Defence College, Central Office of Military Districts, NATO Force Integration Unit in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Armed Forces Women Association, partners, and former colleagues.


Regarding the current situation in Ukraine, a collection of charitable donations has been organized by CMDR COE and the collected amount of 1000 leva will support the Ukrainian citizens, whose accommodation is currently being provided by the Executive Agency “Military Clubs and Military Recreation” of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.


CMDR COE continues to expand its network of Sponsoring Nations and of collaborative partnerships with key governmental and non-governmental organizations within the crisis management and disaster response domain. The common efforts of the CMDR COE staff members ensure the overcoming of the multiple challenges to the current security environment, and the current and future success of the organization.


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