Director General of the European Union Military Staff

Director General of the European Union Military Staff
Incumbent
Lt. Gen Esa Pulkkinen

since 2016
European Union Military Staff
Reports to High Representative, Military Committee
Seat Kortenberg building, Brussels, Belgium
Term length 3 years
Inaugural holder Rainer Schuwirth
Formation 2001
Deputy Deputy Director General of the European Union Military Staff
Website eeas.europa.eu

The Director General of the European Union Military Staff (DGEUMS) is the head of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) who also serves as Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability. This position, which was established in 2001, is held by a three-star general, since 2016 Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen.[1]

Task

The Director General is responsible for the EUMS' work in providing strategic advice to the High Representative (HR), reporting to the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) - representing member states' Chiefs of Defence - and performing "early warning", situation assessment and strategic planning.

Since 2017 DGEUMS has also served as Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), and as such assumes the function of the single commander for all non-executive military missions of the European Union (EU), exercising command and control over the current three training Missions and other possible future non-executive military Missions. EU officials have indicated that a review in 2018 might extend the mandate of the MPCC, and thereby the Director General, to also include executive missions.[2][3]

The CSDP command structure involving the High Representative, the Military Staff and Military Committee as of 1 November 2017:[4] Colour key:
     High Representative (a Vice-President of the Commission)
     Military Committee (a Council body)
     Military Staff (a Directorate-General of the External Action Service)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High Representative
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Military Committee
Chairman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Working Group
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Working Group/Headline Goal Task Force
 
 
 
 
Military Staff
Director General
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legal advisor
 
Deputy Director General
Horizontal Coordination
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assistant Chief of Staff for SynchronisationEU cell at SHAPE
 
 
EU Liaison at the UN in NYAssistant Chief of Staff for External Relations
 
NATO Permanent Liaison Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Directorate A:
Concepts & Capabilities
 
Directorate B:
Intelligence
 
Directorate C:
Operations
 
Directorate D:
Logistics
 
Directorate E:
Communications & Information Systems
Military Planning and
Conduct Capability

Chief of Staff
Working Group
Current Operations

List of holders

List of Directors General
NamePhotoNationalityTerm beganTerm ended
1.Lt Gen Rainer Schuwirth Germany20012004
2.Lt Gen Jean-Paul Perruche France20042007
3.Lt Gen David Leakey United Kingdom20072010
4.Lt Gen Ton van Osch Netherlands20102013
5.Lt Gen Wolfgang Wosolsobe Austria2013May 2016
6.Lt Gen Esa Pulkkinen FinlandMay 2016-

Deputy

DGEUMS is assisted by the Deputy Director General and the Chef of Staff (DDG/COS, a two-star general).[5]

List of Deputy Directors General
NamePhotoNationalityTerm beganTerm ended
Rear Admiral Bruce Williams United Kingdom20112015
Rear Admiral Waldemar Głuszko Poland20152017
Major General Giovanni Manione Italy2017-

See also

References

External video
Change of command ceremony on 28 May 2013, YouTube video
Change of command ceremony in 2016, YouTube video

Official website

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