On 23rd of November 2016, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GRC) hosted the annual Civil and Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Meeting in the Headquarters premises. The subject of the meeting was “Civil – Military Interaction (CMI) with Civilian Organizations – Entities”.
Chief of Staff of NRDC-GRC, Major General Dimitrios BONORAS (COS/NRDC-GRC) welcomed all the participants highlighted this kind of initiatives as a very important step in the frame of the “Comprehensive Approach” and the current challenging global information environment.
The aim of the meeting was to promote the cooperation between all sited as well as to extend this cooperation in possible fields of common interest between the HQ and the Academic Community, International Organizations (IOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), local authorities and other civilian entities, focused on Joint Operations.
Among the participants were representatives from the academic community of Thessaloniki, included University of Macedonia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, International University of Thessaloniki, Democritus University of Thrace and Inter Balkan Environment Center accompanied by post-graduate students from all these entities.
Furthermore, IOs, NGOs included representatives from International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Doctors of the World, Save the Children, International Organization of Migration as well as Hellenic Red Cross, Hellenic Rescue Team and Crisis Management Team.
During the meeting different areas of organizational issues related with CIMIC and CMI as well as the NRDC-GRC main events for the year 2017 presented to the participants. After an introduction session among all, included their area of responsibility and interest, a discussion followed which concluded with agreed follow on actions in a bilateral basis between the HQ and each one of the participated civilian entities.
The very friendly and constructive discussion followed demonstrate in the best way the willingness of both the civilian organizations and the military, towards a better understanding and future cooperation in possible common areas of interest in the frame of comprehensive approach requirements in the nowadays challenging operational environment. Conducting in a very fruitful atmosphere the meeting is a positive indicator towards a successful future cooperation in the CMI open space.