EuroISME Board Members visit 1st German-Netherlands Army Corps

in Münster and inform Federal Advisory Board on EuroISMEs initiative for a European Ethics Compass for Intervention Forces

On 20 and 21 February 2018, at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Defense, Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Elßner (Vicepresident) and Col (Retd.) Manfred Rosenberger (Delegate for Communications) visited the Headquarters of the 1st (GNL) Corps in Münster (Westphalia), where an expert group of the Advisory Board “Innere Führung” held a working session on multinational leadership culture.

The 1st (GNL) Corps has existed since August 1995. It reflects a very close military cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands. As a high readiness headquarters, the two leading nations (“framework nations”), the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as eleven other states, make their soldiers available to NATO and the EU for possible missions within a few days.

The Advisory Board in the field of Leadership Training and Ethical Education (Beirat für Fragen der Inneren Führung) was established in 1958 and functions as an independant personal advisory body that advises the Federal Minister of Defence through expert reports and recommendations on all issues in the field of “Innere Führung”.

The Advisory Board is composed of personalities of public life – especially those from the politic, economic, scientific and educative sector as well as churches, unions, associations and the media. Thus, it is the reflection of the major social forces in the Federal Republic of Germany and – being a committee of knowledgable and independent advisers coming from the civil environment of the armed forces – provides an important contribution to the promotion of dialogue with the opinion-forming groups of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Several times a year, the Advisory Board comes together in plenary sessions, provides advice and approves recommendations, which are mostly developed in expert groups. The real work of the Advisory Board is done in working groups like the expert group on “leadership issues in multinational cooperation”. By expressing opinions and submitting recommendations, this work influences the planning and decisions on the levels of political direction and military command.