Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)

Grand quartier général des puissances alliées en Europe

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History

Established 2 Apr 1951, Paris (France), as the headquarters of Allied Command Operations (ACO), one of two Supreme Allied Commands of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), following the appointment, 19 Dec 1950, of a Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Permanent headquarters set up, 23 July 1951, Rocquencourt (France); moved to current site, Mar 1967, at SHAPE (Belgium), on withdrawal of French military forces from the allied military structure of NATO. Also referred to in French as Commandement suprême des forces alliées en Europe.

Aims

Function as headquarters of SACEUR, whose task is to coordinate defence of Allied Command Europe, the area from the North Cape to the Mediterranean and from the Atlantic to the eastern border of Turkey, excluding Portugal. In peace-time: develop requirements, plans and procedures for the military forces assigned to ACE to perform their missions in peace, crises and war. In crises: recommend and conduct military measures to reinforce political actions and thereby contribute to crisis management. In wartime: assist SACEUR in commanding the forces committed to ACE for collective defence of NATO territory.

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Languages

English, French.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 27 countries
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Subjects *

  • Defence
    • Defence
    • NATO Bodies
    • Military Forces

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

E5515

Last News Received

12. Feb 2016
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