National delegations to NATO
What is their role?
The responsibility and task of each delegation is to represent its member
country at NATO. The authority of each delegation comes from its home
country's government, to which it reports back on NATO decisions and
Each member country is represented on the North Atlantic Council, the
most important political decision-making body within NATO, by an Ambassador
(or Permanent Representative.) The length of the Ambassador's appointment
depends on his or her home country. It generally ranges from one to eight
years. The Ambassadors are supported by their national delegation, composed
of advisers and officials who represent their country on different NATO
committees, subordinate to the North Atlantic Council. Each member country
is represented on every NATO committee, at every level, and therefore
the delegations are sometimes also supported by experts from capitals
on certain matters.