11th SC meeting
The 11th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) took place on 5-7 May 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.
Representatives from MILMED COE's member nations, the so-called Sponsoring Nations (SNs), namely Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain discussed and voted on the COE's Programme of Work (POW) and budget plan for 2015. Furthermore participants from Belgium and the United States - nations currently in the joining process -, Allied Command Operations (ACO), Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS) attended the meeting in observer status. The SC is chaired by Major General István Szabó, commander of the HDF Medical Centre.
High-level French visit
Major General (MD, MPH) Jean-Paul Boutin, Assistant to the French Surgeon General for Plans, Capacities, Operations and International Cooperation, accompanied by LTC Dr. Rachel Haus, responsible for epidemiology and public health at the French Surgeon General Office, paid an official visit to the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) on 28-29 April 2014.
The aim of the visit was to get more familiar with the current projects and activities of the Centre and to discuss further possibilites for cooperation between France and the Centre. MG Boutin was briefed by the director and deputy director of MILMED COE, BG Dr. Stefan Kowitz and Col. Dr. László Fazekas, moreover by the respective medical branch heads. On 29 April the French delegation also paid a short visit to the Hungarian Military Hospital.
Later on the delegation continued its trip to Munich, Germany, where they visited the satellite branch of MILMED COE, the Deployment Health Surveillance Capability (DHSC).
The COMEDS Steering Group meeting took place in Budapest, on 8-10 April 2014. The meeting was chaired by the COMEDS Liaison Officer, Col. Édouard Halbert (FRA).
The Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS) is the highest decision-making body in medical matters within NATO.
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