Czech Republic takes charge of NRFC Presidency

Autor: Maria Gedayova and Nuala Casey

The Czech Republic will be chairing the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) for the next two years. The ceremony marking the handover was held in Paris on 13 July 2016 with the participation of the representatives of the Armed Forces of NATO members and its partners.

The chairmanship was taken over from Bulgaria and will be transferred to Poland in 2018.


The NRFC is composed of national delegates responsible for the Reserve Forces of each member nation of NATO. It was established in 1981 as an independent informal group whose aim is to strengthen the readiness, effectiveness and training of Reserve Forces. The NATO Military Committee officially recognized the NRFC as a consultative body in 1996.

The significance of the NRFC has been increasing considerably over the past ten years, particularly in light of the global fight against terrorism, and NATO’s intention to use the Reserve Forces to support NATO missions which are beyond the traditional boundaries of the Alliance members.

The NRFC promotes the value of their Reserve Forces as an integral component of the Armed Forces of the Alliance. The NRFC co-operates closely not only with the liaison officers of the International Military Staff (IMS), the Allied Command Transformation (ACT), the Allied Command Operations (ACO), and national military representatives of NATO, but also with the Reserve Forces’ associations, and notably with the Inter-Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR). This co-operation will maintain and enhance good working relationships and ensure support for all NRFC activities.

The Czech Republic has been an NRFC member since 1999. The experience and knowledge gained from its involvement with the working groups, initiatives and projects of the NRFC were instrumental in the preparation of the amendment to the Czech defence legislation which came into force in July 2016.

Lieutenant General Miroslav Zizka commented during the ceremonial takeover: "By this act, the Czech Republic declares its readiness to fulfil its chairmanship role in full compliance with the rules and regulations, and will honour all commitments. I am firmly convinced that we will accomplish these tasks with honour."

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By Nuala Casey and Maria Gedayova

July 17, 2016