Organized by the Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) of Motta di Livenza by mandate of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the first of the two days planned for the 10th CIMIC Unit Commanders' Conference took place yesterday in Oderzo in presence of the Commander and Inspector of the Engineer Corps, Brigadier General Francesco Bindi.
49 NATO Unit Commanders and members of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) as well as specialists from 19 Countries have participated in the Conference. The event has represented an occasion to deal with themes concerning the Civil and Military Cooperation, sharing them with civil Authorities such as the Deputy Prefect of Treviso, the Mayors of Motta di Livenza and Oderzo, representatives of Padova and Verona Universities, of the Italian Red Cross and of the press.
The CIMIC function in the "Article 5" Operation was the main topic of the Conference this year where General Vincenzo Camporini (the previous Chief of Defence General Staff and now Deputy President of the International Affairs Institute) and General Toon Van Loon (the previous Commander of the 1st German Corps with long-time experience in NATO Commands) participated as lecturers.
During his intervention General Camporini stressed on the importance and the necessity of knowing habits, traditions, culture and context where a CIMIC operator must operate in order to develop the capability of interaction with the multiple and different civil entities. Moreover the previous Chief of Defence General Staff highlighted the necessity to improve the CIMIC function independently from the operational context of reference, both the Crisis Response Operation and the "Article 5" Operation.
The Multinational CIMIC Group is a Joint Forces Unit led by the Army and a NATO member, with the contribution of Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary; it is able to intervene in any conflicts. At present the Unit provides with assets in all the main Missions where the Italian contingent is employed: Lebanon, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Somalia, Djibouti and the EUNAVFORMED Operation.
Moreover, the Multinational Command in Motta di Livenza, on the Defence framework, is the unique CIMIC training pole: up to now 1,400 students of different Armed Forces have attended the courses there as a proof of a didactical offer that meets the educational needs of the specialists operating in changeable scenarios.