As of 2016, membership will consists of 21 countries.
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.
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.
Standing Working Groups carry out studies distributed by the Principal Military Experts Committee in various areas of interest to the Armies.
On request, Groups of Expert can be established.
Located in Brussels, the only permanent structure. It deals with coordination, and organisational matters.
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).
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.