87th CLIMS Meeting

CLIMS Autumn meeting in Berlin, Germany 25th - 27th September 2017

The 87th CLIMS meeting took place in Berlin, with a busy agenda for the delegates. It was a success, in terms of the CLIMS goals, due to an excellent organization, facilities, and cultural highlights, which were most appreciated by de delegates.


The meeting followed the standard items, such us approval of the minutes of the meeting in Budapest, presentation on the ICC Camp in Spain, information about future meetings and ICC Camps, and the bi-lateral consultations, which paved the way for the 2018 activities.


During the “Presidential Meeting”, the Committee approved the CLIMS balance of the payments until 24th September, the Memorandum of Understanding of the ICC, and requested potential venues for the CLIMS meetings in 2020.



Finally, Berlin was the scene fort the elections of the president and vice president of the CLIMS. President Konstantinos Michopoulos, handed his duties to his Portuguese colleague Ms. Rita Cristóvão, who will be supported by the new vice president Stefano Luci, from Italy.


Ms Rita Cristóvão is a member of the Portuguese IASFA Board of Directors, and an experienced Executive Manager in government administration and in the public and private healthcare business sector, skilled in Business Process Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Business Process Improvement and Governance Restructuring.  She possesses strong business development skills, with executive and post graduations focused in Business Administration and General Management, Finance and Control Management, National Defence and Healthcare.


Mr Stefano Luci is a government functionary in Ministry of Defence and member of the Italian Clims organization.

Graduated in political science and specialized in international human rights protection has worked in several Italian organizations related to staff welfare and gender discrimination.

He possesses a strong European spirit with an emphasis on youth policy he believes is the best way to promote the European integration process.


The new President addressed the Committee, underlining and thanking the excellent work of the former president, Mr Konstantinos Michopoulos, and shared her views for the next two years:

“Greetings to all country members, Heads of Delegation, and all team members of CLIMS,

It is a great honour and privilege to be elected as President of this important organization and have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience for the office.

I would like to thank you all for the trust you lay on me with your vote and I am looking forward to fulfil your expectations about what can be done for the future of CLIMS.

My professional experience has been mostly dealing with strategic planning, leadership, restructuring and improving the governance of institutions such as IASFA.

I started to get involved directly with CLIMS in September 2015, in the Presidential Meeting that took place in Prague, where I learned about the organization, its strengths and weaknesses, its opportunities and challenges in the future.

I truly believe that CLIMS is a vital organization to all member countries, to promote tourism and leisure between the military family, with a unique and special treatment at affordable prices that no other travel agency or online booking can offer.

Nowadays we struggle to compete with normal travel agencies and online booking in our travel packages but I strongly believe that we have our place in the tourism business sector.


We can do more and better with the same resources but define accurately what the priorities must be in CLIMS.

Like sponsoring the right partnerships with our travel suppliers;

Taking advantage of CLIMS business volume to have discounts or other benefits that we can offer to our ultimate clients;

Encouraging new memberships inside Europe, namely with countries that have a very rich and diverse tourism offer, as well as similar interests and standards in tourism and leisure activities, as well as security matters;

Finally, promoting CLIMS tourism accommodation and travel packages in a more efficient and innovative way, supported by a refreshed marketing and communication actions.

I believe that CLIMS will grow in the future, not only in quality of services provided, but also in members than can add value to our organization.

Thank you for this honour and I rely on your support to take CLIMS to next level. “




In the CLIMS community there are also some touching moments. It was time to say goodbye to some of former colleagues, namely, to former president Kamilla Gralik and member of the Polish delegation, who will cease functions in CLIMS activities. Mrs Gralik took the opportunity to thank the delegates for their support and friendship.



In addition to the official meetings, the delegations enjoyed together the cultural program organised by the German delegation, a very impressive guided tour of the Berlin Wall and its history and facts, which reminds us of the importance of European common values and the atrocities of our recent past.


New Executive Director in Bulgaria

Since January, 25th 2016, the Bulgarian Executive Agency "Military Clubs and Military Recreation Activities" has a new Director. Petar Manolov, was reestablished to the Position of executive director.



40th anniversary & elections & good bye

CLIMS autumn meeting in Prague, Chech Republic 22nd - 25th September 2015

A busy Agenda for the delegates of this years' autumn Meeting in 'the heart of Europe' - Prague.

Beside the standard items like Meetings and bi-lateral consultations, this conference offered some Highlights.

Founded in 1975, the 83rd meeting in Prague was the organisation's 40th anniversary. Brilliantly organized by the colleagues from 'Volareza' the conference was a perfect mixture of challenging cultural highlights, decent celebrations and classy events like the anniversary dinner or the cake cutting cremony.

Many guests oft he member organisations have found their way to Prague also like former presidents or vice presidents or members oft he staffs oft the ‚colorful‘ CLIMS family.

The participants were delighted to meet their ‚old‘ friends again consequently lots of interesting talks were granted.

A little bit toughing however was certainly that the ‚VAFAMIL‘ the dutch organisation had to say good bye to CLIMS after 40 years being a member. Their chairman Eldert Grootendorst passed his thanks tot he community for it’s friendship their efforts towards the dutch MoD.

By the end of 2015 the VAFAMIL foundation will be dissolved.

Last but not least Prague was the scene fort he next elections. President Kamilla Gralik handed her duties after 4 years in charge over to her Italian colleague Dr. Marco Sargenti. He will be supported by the new Vice president Konstantinos Michopoulos from Greece.

Mrs Gralik took the opportunity to thank the delegates for their support, friendship and loyality.



Elections during the Autumn meeting in Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, Greece, September 25th 2013


The delegates of the Presidential Meeting confirmed Kamilla Gralik the Polish Head of Delegation as CLIMS president. New Vice president became Veronika Dahl, Managing director of the Bundeswehr Sozialwerk - the German Organisation

New President/Vice President elected

Brasov, Romania, September 27th 2011


During the 75th Meeting of CLIMS Mrs Kamilla Gralik became the 27th President of the Organisation. Peter Niepenberg got elected to the Vice president.

New Federal Chairman at the Bundeswehr-Sozialwerk

Bonn, 26 January 2010 – After the death of the long-time Federal Chairman, Colonel (ret.) Siegfried Stief, on 6 January 2010, his 1st Deputy, Peter Niepenberg, succeded statutable until to the next Federal Convention in October 2010.

Peter Niepenberg, Vice-President of the Military District Adminstrative Office West in Duesseldorf, joined the Defence Administration after his degree in law in 1981. Until his appointment to the Vice-President in the year 2003, he held numerously high ranking positions within the Defence Adminstration.

Former CLIMS-President passed away

Colonel (ret.) Siegfried Stief died aged 70

Bonn, 6 January 2010 - The Bundeswehr-Sozialwerk mourns the death of its Federal Chairman and former CLIMS-President. Read more ...

Cpt. (N) Konstantinos Mantzios, Greece, signing the Letter of Intention.

CLIMS autumn meeting 2009 successful

Greece new member – Progress in cancellation guide lines

Budapest, 16 October 2009 - Crowned with a lot of success was this years CLIMS autumn meeting, which took place from 12 until 16 October 2009 at the Hungarian Government resort at Balatonöszöd at Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Greece was admitted unanimously as 13th member into the CLIMS. After one year as an observer, Greece was welcomed into the circle of the CLIMS by the acting CLIMS-President, Mr. Didier Gallet, France, as well as the present delegates of the meeting. Beside this highlight there were impassioned debates during the plenary session and bilateral talks about standard cancellation fees, also exchanges of quotas for international family holidays and the presentations of the upcoming multinational youth camps.

The highlight of the presidential meeting, which all delegates awaited eagerly, was the election of a new CLIMS presidency. Unanimously Brigadier General José Gil Colon, Spain, was elected to the President and Major General Dr. László Lakatos, Hungary, to the Vice-President. At the end of this meeting a long lasting discussion about standard cancellation fees came to an end. After long debates and consultations during the previous plenary meeting the majority of the national chiefs of the delegations approved the new standard cancellation fees, which will be implemented into the internal regulation of the CLIMS.

The four day lasting constructive meeting was completed by the traditional farewell dinner, which was officially opened by the Cabinet Chief of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, Dr. Péter Szeredi. In his speech he pointed out, that the important work of the CLIMS is essential for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces and their families.