DEFINING THE FUTURE TOGETHER
Serbia determines the pace, scope, intensity, focus and individual objectives of our partnership. Cooperation documents set out the main objectives and goals of Serbia’s cooperation with NATO. Partnership is defined through the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP) and the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which reflect the nature and emphasis of the NATO-Serbia relationship, with NATO fully respecting Serbia's policy of military neutrality.
Consultation is key to the work of NATO as an alliance and is central to partnerships. Political consultations can help understand security developments, including regional issues, and shape common approaches to preventing crises or tackling security challenges. NATO’s many committees and bodies often meet in formations with partners to shape cooperation in specific areas. NATO Allies meet with partners (individually or in groups) concerning a wide range of subjects and at many levels every day.
NATO has developed a number of partnership tools and mechanisms to support cooperation with partner countries through a mix of policies, programmes, action plans and other arrangements. Many tools are focused on the important priorities of interoperability and building capabilities, and supporting defence and security-related reform.
Building Capacities and Interoperability (BCI)
Interoperability is the ability to operate together using harmonized standards, doctrines, procedures and equipment. It is essential to the work of an alliance of multiple countries with national defence forces, and is equally important for working together with partners that wish to contribute in supporting the Alliance in achieving its tactical, operational and strategic objectives. To tackle the challenges of the ever-changing world we live in, it is important to maintain interoperability with partners, especially for the purpose of preventing or managing future crises. Much of day-to-day cooperation in NATO – including with Serbia and other partners – is focused on achieving this interoperability.
Partnership Interoperability Initiative (PII) was launched to help create and ensure that the connections built up between NATO and partner forces are maintained and deepened. In this way, Serbia and other partners can contribute to future crisis management, worldwide peace-keeping efforts, including NATO-led operations and, where applicable, to the NATO Response Force.
The Partnership Interoperability Initiative (PII) helps maintain and deepen the interoperability that has been developed with partners over the last decades.