Spain set to join STRATCOMCOE

On Tuesday, April 22, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a Memorandum of Understanding on the Spanish Ministry of Defense joining the Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE).

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has expressed its desire to join STRATCOMCOE, delegating one expert to work at the center.

The NATO Center was initially founded by Latvia, Estonia, Italy, Great Britain, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, and in subsequent years the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Slovakia, Denmark, the USA and Hungary have all joined the center.

In order to promote the increase of the strategic communication capabilities of NATO members, NATO partner countries and NATO as an institution, the NATO Strategic Communication Excellence Center has been operating in Latvia since September 1, 2014, and it is accredited as an international military organization.

Spain also contributes troops to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia and recently led the biannual 'Verboom' exercises at Ādaži base near Rīga. 

Spain's contribution to NATO's Battlegroup in Latvia is made up of a Mechanised Tactical Subgroup, a Sapper Unit, various positions within the Battlegroup Staff and the Latvian Brigade, and a national support element, which includes the Logistics Unit.

The number of military personnel deployed in Latvia is around 600. Due to the situation created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Spain has decided to reinforce the contingent deployed in Latvia with an additional 250 troops.

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