The NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade is a vital contact point between NATO and the Serbian authorities since its establishment in December 2006.
The Office facilitates Serbian cooperation with the Alliance under the Partnership for Peace Program and supports Serbia’s efforts in matters of defense sector reform through a joint Serbia-NATO Defense Reform Group (DRG). The ongoing military cooperation mechanisms that the NATO MLO is actively involved include the Individual Partnership Cooperation Program (IPCP), the Planning and Review Process (PARP), the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC), and the Building Integrity Program (BI).
Since the harmonization of the first Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) in 2015, the NATO MLO has been providing an increasing assistance to NATO’s efforts in the host nation in the areas of public diplomacy, political dialogue, and military reform. To this end, the Office conducts regular media outreach and promotes partnership activities with Serbia's well-established non-governmental organizations.
In addition, the NATO MLO supports the Serbian government and academia in pursuing new projects within NATO's Science for Peace program, and assists the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in implementing an ongoing Trust Fund project for safe destruction of obsolete ammunition. Italian Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli has been the Chief of the NATO MLO since February 2016.