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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 projects.

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.