The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) became functional in January 2014. On July 1 the same year, seven member states – Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom – signed memorandums of understanding on the establishment of the StratCom COE. The centre received NATO accreditation on 1 September 2014, and, as stated in the 2014 Wales Summit Declaration, Allies welcomed, “…the establishment of the StratCom COE as a meaningful contribution to NATO’s efforts…” in the area of strategic communications.
The NATO StratCom COE is the twentieth COE contributing to increased NATO capabilities. Centres of Excellence are nationally or multi-nationally funded NATO military bodies that acquire and further expertise and knowledge on specific issues and contribute to its application and dissemination thus supporting the transformation of NATO. Centres of Excellence are not part of the NATO command structure - they are facilities in the Euro-Atlantic area recognized by the Alliance for their expertise.