The annual Centres of Excellence (COE) Directors Conference was hosted by NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Mecine (MILMED COE) in Budapest, Hungary on 25 – 28 September 2017. The Conference brings together directors and representatives from the 24 NATO COEs, Allied Command Transformation and NATO Headquarters to discuss topics common to all COEs and the Alliance. The Director, MILMED COE, Colonel Dr. László Fazekas, MD (HUN) chaired the Conference.
COEs offer recognised expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance, and support the transformation of NATO. The Centres’ importance for the Alliance was higlighted during the Conference while discussing how better utilize capacities and capabilities offered by Centres.
At the end of the Confrerence, the new COE Directors Conference Chairman was elected. By 1st January 2018, the JCBRN Defence COE Director, Colonel Vratislav Osvald will chair this conference for the year of 2018.