While the Centers are accredited by NATO, it is important to remember that they are voluntarily established, resourced and funded by their Sponsoring Nations (no cost to NATO).
Some guiding principles are to be respected, as for instance:
- No duplication with existing assets.
- Conform to NATO Procedures, doctrines and standards.
- Relationships with partners are supported and encouraged.
A COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure but agree, through MOU (Memoranda of Understanding agreements), to give priorities for services and products requested by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) on behalf on NATO.