SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - the Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) team from NATO International Staff payed a visit to Skopje, Oct 30-Nov 2, 2017.
During their visit, Brussel’s participants focused on related issues in order to prepare a report on potential assistance to the country’s reform of its defence education system.
The stay, which was initiated by the Secretary of Defence Sekerinska’s request to include the country in the DEEP during her recent meeting with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, also included a meeting with the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje to get to a better understanding.
The DEEP visit concluded with a presentation held for the NATO Liaison Office Skopje and the accredited Defence attaches. Based on the DEEP team’s report an initial action plan will be developed focusing on reforming the priorities as agreed in the defence education system. The Plan is to work on reforms of courses such as the Command Staff Course, Logistics Course and Captain’s Course that will begin in early 2018.
The entire DEEP project takes place for three years with an option to extend, depending on the country’s intent to continue.
Story and photo by NATO Advisory Team
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name.