Panagiotis Viopoulos

President of North Atlantic Council of NATO

Iason Lavdas

NATO's Secretary General

NATO's North Atlantic Council

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (hereinafter: NATO) was established on April 4th, 1949 in Washington, DC, following the end of World War II. It is believed that the organization was established as a deterrent of the threat that the Soviet Union posed at the time.

NATO consists of a military and a political coalition. Its essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. The political part of NATO promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defence and security issues to build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.

The political part focuses on The North Atlantic Council. It is the principal political decision-making body at NATO. The North Atlantic Council consists of the Member States of the Treaty. There are twenty-eight (28) Member States that enjoy the security that the organization provides since 1949 and they convene under the auspices of the North Atlantic Council in order to discuss and consult on topics that apply to the nature and the mandate of this body.  It is chaired by NATO’s Secretary General who helps members reach agreement on key issue and its decisions are to be applicable to every body of the Alliance.

Concerning its decision-making process, all Council’s decisions are based upon discussion and consultation between all Member States of the Treaty and are guided by the principle of consensus. When a NATO decision is taken, it is considered as a collective effort towards the resolution of all issues that are on the agenda of the Council. A “NATO decision” is the expression of the collective will of all 28 member countries since all decisions are taken by consensus. Each day, hundreds of civilian and military experts and officials come to NATO HQs to exchange information, share ideas and help prepare decisions when needed, in cooperation with national delegations and the staff at NATO HQs.

The NAC is chaired by the Secretary General and its decisions have the same status and validity at whichever level it meets. The Secretary General is the Alliance’s top international civil servant. This person is responsible for steering the process of consultation and decision-making within the Alliance and ensuring that decisions are implemented. The Secretary General is also NATO’s chief spokesperson and heads the Organisation’s International Staff, which provides advice, guidance and administrative support to the national delegations at NATO HQs.

 

The topics to be discussed are:

Topic area A: Upgrading NATO's Cyber defence policy: increasing capacity and developing capability.

Topic area B: Crisis

Member States

Country Name
Albania Stagianni, Marialena 
Albania Ventouri, Maria-Anna
Belgium Alexopoulou, Xrusanthi
Belgium Kaskouti, Aikaterini
Bulgaria Koutentaki, Eleni
Bulgaria Sigalou, Maria Ioanna
Canada  Chatzimpyrrou, Winona
Canada  Economidou, Marina
Croatia  Stavrou, Elissavet Athina
Croatia  Tsoukala, Olga
Czech Republic Chatziiakovou, Alexander
Czech Republic Tsopela, Christina
Denmark Schlag, Jannik
Denmark Semler, Lara
Estonia Diakaki, Emmanouela
Estonia Petidis, Pavlos
France Baimpakis, Georgios
France Gkaragkanis, Triantafyllos
Germany Kyttaroudi, Anastasia
Germany Mandalidou, Danae
Greece Hugger, Christina-Alexandra
Greece Kurucu, Bedirhan
Hungary Chatzipapas, Konstantinos
Hungary Savvidis, Lamprianos
Iceland Baltsikidou, Vasiliki
Iceland Karabelas, Taxiarhis
Italy Koumpogiannis, Anastasios
Italy Sotiridis, Dimitris
Latvia Ioannidis, Giorgos
Latvia Stavridou, Georgia
Lithuania Tsiamouri, Theodora
Lithuania Voili, Efthymia
Luxembourg Atsipoulianaki, Zoi
Luxembourg Theocharopoulou, Eleni
Netherlands Kokkinaki, Dimitra
Netherlands Korovesi, Myrto
Norway Deslis, Christos
Norway Smyrli, Leoni
Poland Oshafi, Ornela
Poland Tektonidou, Athanasia
Portugal Georgogianni, Dimitra
Portugal Kontoroussi, Efthalia
Romania Dimopoulou, Rafailia Maria
Romania Tsousi, Ioanna
Slovakia Fragkiadaki, Eirini
Slovakia Tsitsioka, Elisavet
Slovenia Renieri, Argyri
Slovenia Xirogianni, Stamatia
Spain  Psychogyiou, Angeliki
Spain  Raftopoulou, Chrysanthi
Turkey Iordanidis, Panagiotis
Turkey Lyberi, Maria
United Kingdom  Gavroglou, Vasilis
United Kingdom  Kristo, Albi
USA Bourtzis, Georgios
USA Chatzigeorgiou, Panagiotis

Partners

Country Name
Afghanistan Chrysanthaki, Alexandra
Afghanistan Michalopoulou, Androniki
Australia Katechi, Sofia
Australia Zagoriti, Angeliki
Austria Lappas, Charalampos
Austria Mouzaki, Elena
Egypt Konstantakis, Georgios
Egypt Visvardis, Nikolaos
European Union Papadopoulou, Louiza-Eleni
European Union Stai, Katerina
Finland Loukadakou, Evangelia
Finland Papadimitriou, Eleni
Georgia  Mitropoulou, Eleftheria
Georgia  Vlachou, Sotiria
Israel  Anastasopoulou, Victoria
Israel  Mylona, Anastasia
Russia Apostolou, Nikolas
Russia Vourda, Olga
Sweden Abeyawickrama, Senanee
Sweden Duborg, Christian
Switzerland Kofopoulou, Maria
Switzerland Tasouli, Marialena
Ukraine Kollias, Dimitrios
Ukraine Lampidi, Vasiliki