MCCE Customs Workshop

The 6th Customs workshop was held at Karup Air Base in Denmark, on 27-28 June 2019, hosted by a Nation for the first time since the initiative creation.

29 Delegates from 14 Nations, NATO, NSPA and Deployable Allied Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) attended the meeting.

National, NSPA and DACCC representatives at the 6th Customs Workshop at Karup Air base (DNK).

Participants’ interest was predominantly involved with:

  • European Defence Agency (EDA) progress of the Customs “Category A” programme (Harmonizing the Military Requirements related to Customs) update;
  • Canada’s national use of the Form 302;
  • BREXIT, possible scenarios and Nations’ conceivable preparation;
  • Norwegian view on TRJE18 Customs aspects;
  • Danish national Customs perspective and freight forwarders role in the Customs logistic chain.

Of note, the highlights presented on the planned Form 302 digitization process in conjunction with the developing harmonization of procedures for Form 302 ongoing within the EDA “Cat. A” project.

IST Ops Meeting Tampere

On 4-5 June 2019, Finland hosted the 37th IST ops meeting in Tampere.

MCCE Nations and NSPA were represented with 29 delegates.

National and NSPA Representatives at the IST ops meeting in Finland.

The conference principally focused the attendees’ attention on:

  • Updating on M&T topics, transport procedures and rules either generic IST or railway options;
  • Coordinating US ATLANTIC RESOLVE 2019 fall rotation planned and DEFENDER 20 Exercise CONOPS through short term planning meetings (US Mid Planning Conference (MPC)-Jul 19 and MCCE Coalition Movement WG-Sep 19);
  • Delivering information on AURORA exercise initial conference in SWE, Sep 19.

Also, the NSPA representative briefed the Participants about the Strategic Rail study status.

The research is composed of in gradual phases and the main aims will be:

  • options and requirements for a commercial contract and military options;
  • coherent and coordinated approach with industry (prioritization) on equipment and access to rail networks.

AT Ops Meeting Quebec

The 28th Air Transport (AT) Operations meeting was hosted by Canada in Quebec City over 20 and 21 May 19.

The meeting was attended by over 50 representatives from member nations and partner organisations.

Of note, the United Nations (UN) attended for the first time and delivered a brief on UN HQ Movements Control as we seek to develop cooperation between the UN and MCCE.

Participants to the 28th MCCE AT Ops meeting in Quebec, Canada


AAR Ops Meeting Mildenhall

On 16-17th May 2019, the 22nd MCCE AAR OPS Meeting took place at the RAF Base in Mildenhall, Great Britain.

This meeting was attended by 32 representatives from 6 MNs[1] (DEU, PRT, GBR, NLD, POL, USA[2]), 9 organizations (EATC[3], JAPCC[4], MCCE[5], MMF[6], NETMA[7], DACCC[8], CAOC[9] Uedem, AIRCOM[10], C/KC-135 International Programs Branch AFLCMC/WKDI[11]), and Airbus civilian company.

The symposium focused the MNs attention predominantly on:

  • ATARES based cooperation
  • Trust and interoperability among the Nations
  • Commercial AAR services as a potential solution for the shortage of Military AAR assets
  • Multinational MRTT Fleet
  • National Updates
  • AAR Certification processes and updates
  • MCCE support for operations, exercises and training in peace time.
Participants to the 22nd MCCE AAR Ops meeting in UK
Participants to the 22nd MCCE AAR Ops meeting in UK

[1] MNs: Member Nations

[2] USA: 603rd AOC + 100th OG

[3] EATC: European Air Transport Command

[4] JAPCC: Joint Air Power Competence Centre

[5] MCCE: Movement Coordination Centre Europe

[6] MMF: Multinational MRTT Fleet

[7] NETMA: NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency

[8] DACCC: Deployable Air Command and Control Centre

[9] CAOC: Combined Air Operations Centre

[10] AIRCOM: Allied Air Command

[11] AFLCMC/WKDI: Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre


Athens Multinational Shipping Coordination Centre (AMSCC) fact-finding visit to MCCE

Eindhoven, 6th of March 2019

As a follow up on the DIR MCCE visit earlier this year in Athens, AMSCC visited MCCE in order to continue to discuss mutual options for cooperation between the two entities.

The need for a more coordinated planning of Sealift movements related to a.m.o.t. VJTF were discussed and also the possibility for AMSCC to be able to offer empty space in RO/RO ships already operating in the Mediterranean to MCCE members.

MCCE as well as AMSCC will follow up on this and other subjects in future talks.

AMSCC Visit to MCCE 3-2019
From right to left: CPT H. Gerwing DEU A, LTC A. Passaro, ITA AF, CDR Mauritzio Albine ITA, CPT(N) Spyropoulos Vasileios HE, CDR H.O. Nielsen DNK and LTC Róbert Kovács, HUN A.

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference

The 2nd NMCC Commanders Conference was held in Eindhoven on 21-23 January 2019.

In total, 23 nations as well as Multi-national organisations such as, EATC, EDA, EUMS, HAW, NATO JFCB, NATO JFCN, NATO SHAPE, NATO SJLSG, NSPA and SALCC were present at the conference.

After the welcome address Col. Boekolt, the Eindhoven AB Base commander, the 74 representatives discussed several topics like (not exhaustive):

  • Maximising the Capacity of Limited Strategic Lift
    • Member Nations capacities in Africa
    • Middle East practices
    • UN capabilities in Africa
  • EX TRJE18 – Lessons Learned/HNS/RSOM
  • Panel discussion, Lead nation concept for TRJE 2018
  • EUMS: Military Mobility, CSDP missions and operations with a focus on Africa
  • EATC: Shuttle project, EGOM

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference - Group Photo
The conference was a great meeting opportunity for our member nations and Multi-national organisations to exchange information and points of view on many important movement and transportations related issues.

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference - Session

Signing of Letter of Intent with NSPA

On 15th January 2019, with a discrete and symbolic ceremony, held in the NSPA Head Quarters, in Capellen (LUX), the General Manager of the NSPA and the Director of the MCCE signed a Letter of Intent (LoI), with the aim of enhancing their cooperation and, therefore, improve their support and services for customers.

Three possible areas for cooperation were identified:

  • Developing and supporting multinational transportation solutions across the full spectrum of multimodal lift opportunities.
  • Supporting each other in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the respective organisations, for example in identifying synergies and potential overlaps between their transportation tasks/solutions.
  • Promoting opportunities to make best of use of spare lift capacity.

In their talks, the NSPA General Manager and the MCCE Director acknowledged their mutual interest and shared their intent to deepen and expand their relationship.



IST Rail Ops Meeting Eindhoven

The 35th IST / Rail Ops meeting was held on the 30-31 October 2018, hosted by the MCCE at the Van der Valk Hotel premises, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More than 30 partners from 18 Members Nations (MNs) responded to the invitation of the MCCE and attended the meeting, as well as NSPA members who joined the forum for the first time.

Chief of the IST Cell, Ltc. Paccoj (left) and Mr. Franck Verdierre, NSPA Transportation and Warehousing Division Chief

The main aim of the symposium was to focus the MNs attendees on:

  • – National IST and Railway presentations and discussion to promote synergies amongst;
  • – NSPA concept to possibly deliver Multinational Rail Transport Services;
  • – Trident Juncture 2018 deployment, first feedback from MNs;
  • – MNs multimodal national offer list availability to African operations.
35th IST / Rail Participants at Van der Valk Hotel, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Chief of Operations in consort with IST Cell Chief emphasized the importance of MCCE IST / Rail meeting formula to be adopted at least once a year; this was highly appreciated by the MNs to rationalise the international cooperation in this domain.

With the predominant purpose of promoting the MCCE MNs cooperation encompassing all inland surface transport modes, national representatives updated were released along with MCCE Plans and SEOS Secretariat briefings.

Furthermore, external presenters such as Dutsche Bahn Cargo and Rail Innovators Group companies dispensed their rail capabilities to offer to the MCCE MNs.

AT Ops Meeting Budapest

The 27th At Ops Meeting was held in Novotel Budapest City, kindly hosted by Hungary over 13 to 16 November. The meeting was opened by the Hungarian J4 Cdr, Col Baros with 17 nations being represented by 48 attendees from member nations.

Col Baros Opening the 27th AT Ops Meeting

The highly successful event saw updates on MCCE business given by the Deputy Director, AT Cell Chief, Plans and ATARES Secretariat. External presenters included Jetex, Skytech, Heavy Airlift Wing, EATC and SALCC. Included in the National updates for the first time was a presentation from NSPA.

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