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Twenty-five NATO-accredited Centres of Excellence (COEs) convened on 15-16 July at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, for the 2019 COE Marketplace.

The aim of this event was to provide an opportunity for all staff and national delegates at NATO HQ to recognize, understand and embrace the value of the expertise, support and advice provided to the Alliance by the COEs.

The COE Marketplace was officially opened by Rose Gottemoeller, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General.

The Director of the NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence (MW COE), Colonel Boštjan Blaznik, informed an attentive audience about the main contribution of the MW COE to NATO, and also had an excellent opportunity to address the Military Committee, chaired by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach.

The event can be summed up thus: the COEs’ value and contribution to the Alliance became visible and tangible for the national delegates at the NATO HQ and for many other visitors to the Marketplace through the presentations, informational material and factsheets about the most important projects and activities of the centres.