Chairman of the European Union Military Committee

Four-star rank officer presiding over the EU Military Committee
Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
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General Robert Brieger

since 16 May 2022
European Union Military Committee
Reports toHigh Representative
SeatKortenberg building, Brussels, Belgium
Term length3 years
Inaugural holderGeneral Gustav Hägglund
FormationDecember 2000

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 chiefs of defence of the member states and appointed by the members of the Council of the European Union for a three-year term.


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)
  Coat of arms of the European Union Military Committee.svg Military Committee (EUMC; a Council body)
  Coat of arms of the European Union Military Staff.svg Military Staff (EUMS; a Directorate-General of the External Action Service)

High Representative
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Chairman EUMC
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Working Group
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Working Group/Headline Goal Task Force
Director General EUMS/
Director MPCC
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Legal advisorDeputy Director General
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Horizontal Coordination
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Concepts & Capabilities
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Communications & Information Systems
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Military Planning and
Conduct Capability (MPCC)
Chief of Staff
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Current Operations

Role in command and control of missions

The EU command and control (C2) structure is directed by political bodies composed of member states' representatives, and generally requires unanimous decisions. As of April 2019:[3]

Liaison:       Advice and recommendations       Support and monitoring       Preparatory work     
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Political strategic level:[5]
ISSEUCO Pres. (EUCO)Chain of command
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Military/civilian strategic level:
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Dir MPCC[3] (MPCC)
Operational level:
MFCdr[4] (MFHQ)HoM[1]
Tactical level:
CC[2] LandCC[2] AirCC[2] MarOther CCs[2]

1 In the event of a CSDP Civilian Mission also being in the field, the relations 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.
2 Other Component Commanders (CCs) and service branches which may be established.
3 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).
4 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.
5 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.
6 Same composition as Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) II, which also prepares for the CSDP-related work of the FAC.

List of holders

No. Portrait Chairman Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch State Ref.
Gustav Hägglund
Hägglund, GustavGeneral
Gustav Hägglund
(born 1938)
3 June 20019 April 20042 years, 311 days Finnish Army Finland[4]
Rolando Mosca Moschini
Moschini, Rolando MoscaGeneral
Rolando Mosca Moschini
(born 1939)
9 April 20046 November 20062 years, 211 days Italian Army Italy
Henri Bentégeat
Bentégeat, HenriGeneral
Henri Bentégeat
(born 1946)
6 November 20066 November 20093 years, 0 days French Army France
Håkan Syrén
Syrén, HåkanGeneral
Håkan Syrén
(born 1952)
6 November 20096 November 20123 years, 0 daysSweden Swedish Amphibious Corps Sweden
Patrick de Rousiers
de Rousiers, PatrickGeneral
Patrick de Rousiers
(born 1955)
6 November 20126 November 20153 years, 0 days French Air and Space Force France[5]
Michail Kostarakos
Kostarakos, MichailGeneral
Michail Kostarakos
(born 1956)
6 November 20156 November 20183 years, 0 days Hellenic Army Greece[6]
Claudio Graziano
Graziano, ClaudioGeneral
Claudio Graziano
(born 1953)
6 November 20181 June 20223 years, 207 days Italian Army Italy[7]
Robert Brieger
Brieger, RobertGeneral
Robert Brieger
(born 1956)
16 May 2022Incumbent215 days Austrian Land Forces Austria[8][9]

See also

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  1. ^ "CONSILIUM - Chairman EUMC". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
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  3. ^ EU Command and Control, p. 13, Military Staff
  4. ^ "2342nd Council meeting - GENERAL AFFAIRS - Luxembourg, 9 April 2001". European Commission. 9 April 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
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  6. ^ "General Kostarakos elected president of the EU Military Committee". To Vima. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  7. ^ "European Union Military Committee (EUMC), EU Chiefs of Defence, 6-7 November 2017". Council of the EU. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  8. ^ "European Union Military Committee (EUMC), EU chiefs of defence, 19 May 2021". Council of the EU and the European Council. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  9. ^ "CEUMC Visit to Italy". European Union. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2022.

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