Welcome on the European Land Forces Interoperability Center - Finabel / ELFIC

Finabel
"Committed to interoperability of European Armies"
The Finabel Coordination Committee is a Land Forces organisation comprised of 21 Member states of the European Union to promote interoperability between its Members.

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THE MEMBER STATES

As of 2016, membership will consists of 21 countries.

  • 1953 - France
  • 1953 - Italia
  • 1953 - Luxembourg
  • 1953 - Belgium
  • 1953 - Nederlands
  • 1956 - Germany
  • 1973 - United Kingdom
  • 1990 - Spain
  • 1996 - Greece
  • 1996 - Portugal
  • 2006 - Poland
  • 2006 - Slovakia
  • 2008 - Cyprus
  • 2008 - Finland
  • 2008 - Romania
  • 2010 - Malta
  • 2012 - Czech Republic
  • 2015 - Sweden
  • 2015 - Hungary
  • 2016 - Latvia
  • 2016 - Slovenia

STRUCTURE

THE ARMY CHIEFS OF STAFF COMMITTEE

Executive, the highest level. It meets once a year to summarise work of the past year and to establish the objectives for the coming year. The Chairmanship of the COS Committee changes annually.

THE PRINCIPAL MILITARY EXPERTS (PME) COMMITTEE

Made up primarily of officers responsible for doctrine, planning and studies within the staff of land components of Finabel member states. This Committee analyses the directives of the Chiefs of Staff and reformulates them in terms of missions. Belgium provides the Chairman for this Committee.

THE WORKING GROUPS

Standing Working Groups carry out studies distributed by the Principal Military Experts Committee in various areas of interest to the Armies.

  • Actually all the Standing Working Groups are suspended.

On request, Groups of Expert can be established.

THE PERMANENT SECRETARIAT

Located in Brussels, the only permanent structure. It deals with coordination, and organisational matters.

OBSERVERS

Finabel welcomes observer organisations from the EU and NATO. The objective is to consult on the different points of views and to prevent any duplication or contradiction with NATO’s doctrine or the concepts outlined by the military organisations of the EU.


The main partnerships are established with the EDA (European Defence Agency), the EUMS (European Union Military Staff) the NAAG (NATO Army Armament Group) as well as with other initiatives like: EAG (European Air Group), CHENS (CHiefs of European NavieS) and ELDIG (European Land Defence Industry Group).

HISTORY

The Committee was created in October 1953 under the acronym FINBEL by the Ministries of Defense of France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and then became FINABEL with the arrival of Germany (Allemagne) in 1956.

The Finabel Committee’s initial task focused on cooperation between armament programmes. This task quickly developed into the harmonisation of army doctrines.

Since the creation of Finabel was not the result of an intergovernmental agreement, Finabel has the status of an informal international de facto association.

In 2013, Finabel celebrated his 60th anniversary. During his existence Finabel has already provided more than 500 studies. Membership is open to all the Member states of the European Union.