Story and photo by NLO Skopje
SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* -- A NATO Planning and Review Process team visited Skopje, May 7 to 9, 2018, as part of the group's annual review of defense reforms.
The Planning and Review Process derives from NATO's Membership Action Plan , which describes the corridor towards NATO membership for Partnership for Peace countries and it entails discussions regarding the progress made in defense and security sector reforms as well as measuring the progress of the partnership goals provided by NATO in order to align interoperability within the Alliance.
The PARP visiting team consisted of Paul Savereux, the director of NATO defense and planning, his assistant, Richard Lakin, as well as representatives from the Belgium-based Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and international staff from NATO headquarters.
While preparing the session, NATO Liaison Office Skopje's advisory team coordinated with PARP colleagues utilizing an early draft of this year’s progress report. The advisors, led by Slovenian Navy Capt. Gorazd Bartol, also contributed to the discussions regarding the partnership goals. This year, the Ministry of Defence also presented the work that has been done in regards to the development of the Strategic Defence Review, which encompasses restructure of the armed forces.
The consultations, spearheaded by Dragan Nikolik, state secretary at the Ministry of Defense, have also been attended by representatives from the general staff, the MoD, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and other relevant institutions. The meeting's results have been provided to the Minister of Defense, and they will be implemented in the upcoming PARP report.
The sustainment and promotion of interoperability with Allied forces, and also the process of the transformation of the Armed Forces, were greeted as good progress by the NATO representatives, according to event organizers. Subsequently, the debrief was held for the NATO Ambassadors and Defense Attaches in the country, hosted by the U.S. Embassy.
The final approval of the PARP progress report by all the country representatives of NATO is scheduled to take place on June 12.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.