On the 11th of February 2020 Finabel, in partnership with the Egmont institute, organized a conference on the CaMo Project as the Ultimate for of interopberability In the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

What is CaMo

On 7 November 2018, the defence ministers of Belgium and France signed the Capacités Motorisée (CaMo) partnership which will allow the Belgian land forces to completely reequip the combat fleet of its motorised brigade. This included the acquisition of 382 GRIFFON multi-role armored vehicles and 60 armored JAGUAR reconnaissance and combat vehicles with potentially more to come. However, this partnership is more than just about acquiring new modern armoured combat vehicles. One of the main goals of the CaMo programme is to reach a level of interoperability between the land forces of the two countries where a Belgian army unit can be seamlessly integrated into a French military operation, and vice versa.

In this regards, Finabel – European Army Interoperability Centre and EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations Organized a seminar where high-level officials, military experts and representatives from academia discussed how this level of interoperability could be achieved in the framework of the CaMo project.

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Our Panel

– Dick ZANDEE, Head, Security Unit, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

– Mario BLOKKEN, Director, Permanent Secretariat, FINABEL

– Prof. Dr. Sven BISCOP, Egmont Institute & Ghent University

– Major General Pierre GERARD, Commander, Belgian Land Component

– Colonel Jan PASCAL, French Armed Forces

– Colonel Manuel MONIN, Project Officer, CaMo, Belgian Land Component

– Colonel Erik CLAESSEN, Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces

Interviews with some members of the Panel

General Major Pierre Gerard

Being the Commander in chief for the Belgian Land component, in this interview he elaborates on why and how Belgium created this Strategic Partnership with France in the modernization of its Motorized Capacities

Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Monin

As the project manager of the CaMo project, in this interview Colonel Monin goes into detail on the more technical aspects of this interoperability effort.

Paper: CaMo as the ultimate from of interoperability

Coming soon…

This was #camo2020

09.00–09.30: Registration & Coffee


09.30–09.40: Welcome & Introduction


– Prof. Dr. Sven BISCOP, Egmont Institute & Ghent University

– Mario BLOKKEN, Director, Permanent Secretariat, FINABEL

09.40–11.00: Panel 1


– Major General Pierre GERARD, Commander, Belgian Land Component

– Colonel Jan PASCAL, French Armed Forces

– Colonel Manuel MONIN, Project Officer, CaMo, Belgian Land Component

– Colonel Erik CLAESSEN, Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces


11.00–11.30: Coffee


11.30–13.00: Panel 2


– Prof. Dr. Sven BISCOP, Egmont Institute & Ghent University

– Dick ZANDEE, Head, Security Unit, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

Pictures of the event

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