Croatia to participate in NATO CMX15

Croatia is to participate 4-10 March in the NATO Crisis Management Exercise 2015 (CMX15), taking place simultaneously at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in the member states. NATO’s Crisis Management Exercises are simulations based on fictitious scenarios and consultations among NATO member states and partner countries, and involve no actual deployment of forces. The goal of CMX15 is to practice the Alliance’s crisis management procedures at the strategic and political level and exercise mechanisms of strategic political and military consultations as well as collective decision-making. The exercise will include civilian and military staffs at NATO Headquarters as well as in allied capitals. The CMX15 scenario is completely fictitious, simulating a crisis outside of NATO’s territory (between to non-member states). It will entail a humanitarian as well as a maritime dimension, with ramifications on the allied forces’ security. Taking part in preparing and implementing CMX15 are partner countries Australia, Finland, Japan, Sweden and Ukraine, with the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Georgia as observers. The EU is invited to exchange information about the development of events, together with the UN offices for political affairs and peacekeeping mission, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Energy Agency. This is NATO’s sixth CMX that will see Croatia’s participation. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is to coordinate the activities, while participating in its implementation will be the Ministry of Defence, Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Health, Office of the National Security Council, Security and Intelligence Agency, National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Information Systems Security Bureau and CARNet – the National CERT.

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