What do we do?
The organisation was created in 1953 by the Ministries of Defence of France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and was originally called FINBEL. With the accession of Germany (Allemagne) in 1956, it was renamed as FINABEL. Today, the organisation has 24 Member States. Membership of Finabel is open to all European Union Member States.
The Finabel Committee initially focused on cooperation between armament programmes. Its scope of activity quickly expanded into the harmonisation of army doctrines.
Since the creation of Finabel was not the result of an intergovernmental agreement, Finabel has the status of an informal international de facto association.
Since it was founded, Finabel has already provided its Member States with more than 500 studies.
The Army Chiefs of Staff Committee (Executive Committee)
At the highest level is the executive, composed of the Army Chiefs of Staff and Land Force Commanders of the member states. It meets once a year to summarise the work of the past year and to establish the objectives of the coming year. The Chairmanship of the COS Committee rotates annually.
The Principal Military Experts (PME) Committee (Steering Committee)
Primarily made up of the senior officers or civilians responsible for doctrines, planning and studies within the staff of the land components of Finabel Member States. This Committee analyses the directives of the Chiefs of Staff and reformulates them in terms of missions. The Chairmanship of the Committee rotates annually.
Expert Task Groups (ETG)
An ETG is an “ad hoc” group created at the request of one or more COS. Usually, an ETG’s task lasts no more than one year. It deals with specific and/or urgent issues that need a common view. The ETGs are composed of Subject Matter Experts (SME) of the Member States and can be enlarged with external experts.
The Permanent Secretariat
Located in Brussels, the Permanent Secretariat is the only permanent structure of Finabel. It provides the daily management of the organisation, deals with the coordination and organisation, and is the representative for international contacts and relations.
Finabel welcomes observer organisations from the EU and NATO. The objective is to consult the various points of view, preventing duplication and contradictions within NATO’s doctrine or the concepts outlined by the military organisations of the EU.
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