From the 12th to the 14th of September 2023 the NATO SFA COE joined the COE LEGAD and FINCON Workshop 2024 organized by the HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and NATO Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence at the Polish Army Land Component Command in Krakow, Poland.

It brought together representatives from NATO Centres of Excellence (COEs) to discuss budget, financial management, and legal aspects of the COEs' operations.

The workshop focused on ensuring adherence of COEs to FN and NATO rules and legal regulations, understanding the legal status and practical roles of Steering Nation Representatives (SNRs), and the impact of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) on COEs. It also aimed at equipping COEs with the knowledge to navigate host nation internal legislative processes, along with the creation of medium-term financial strategies and the implementation of customized automated accounting software for COEs.

A highlight of the workshop was a proposal to create a training program focused on financial management using a free cross-platform accounting software. The goal is to enhance the financial management of COEs by streamlining budgeting, financial reporting, and resource tracking.

The workshop promoted collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and alignment with NATO's strategic objectives. It provided an opportunity for representatives to exchange ideas, identify common challenges, and develop effective approaches to legal issues, budgeting, and financial management.

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