The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Euro-Atlantic partner countries and NATO. It allows partners to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation.Serbia’s cooperation with NATO is mutually beneficial and includes building capabilities and interoperability as well as wider cooperation.
Individual Partnership Action Plans (IPAPs) are open to countries that have the political will and ability to deepen their relationship with NATO. They are designed to bring together all the various cooperation mechanisms through which a partner country interacts with the Alliance, sharpening the focus of activities to better support their domestic reform efforts.
Building capabilities and interoperability
Through Planning and Review Process (PARP) NATO aids Serbia in its efforts to develop the capacity of Serbian Armed Forces to participate in UN-mandated multinational operations and EU crisis management operations.
Serbia is actively engaged in Building Integrity (BI) to strengthen integrity, transparency and accountability and reduce the risk of corruption in its defence and related security sector. The ministry of defence also offers its experience to other countries engaged in the NATO BI Self-Assessment and Peer Review Process and was actively engaged in the development of the NATO BI Reference Curriculum published in 2016.
Serbia is engaged in the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP), which is supporting Serbia’s efforts to develop a comprehensive and modern defence education system. Thanks to DEEP, Serbia is now a net security provider in the field of education and training, and is supporting other DEEP programmes such as the one with Armenia.
Interoperability Initiative is a way to ensure that the deep connections built up between NATO and partner forces over years of operations are maintained and deepened. In this way, partners can contribute to future crisis management, including NATO-led operations and, where applicable, to the NATO Response Force. Through the Partnership Interoperability Initiative, Serbia has participated in the Interoperability Platform, which brings Allies together with 24 selected partners.
Serbia is offering expertise and training to Allies and partners at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Training Centre in Kruševac, which was recognized as a Partnership Training and Education Centre in 2013.
In December 2017, in coordination with several NATO Allies, Serbia conducted a course to train Iraqi military and civilian medical personnel as part of the NATO Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative.
The Allies have supported a number of NATO Trust Fund projects in Serbia. These include projects to destroy obsolete small arms and light weapons, safe destruction landmines and obsolete ammunition and explosives.
As a result, government-owned demilitarization facility in central Serbia will be further developed to ensure the safe and environmentally responsible disposal of obsolete munitions, reducing the risk of explosion from ageing ammunition as well as the risk of proliferation.
In addition, some of the projects helped almost 6,000 discharged defence personnel in Serbia start small businesses.
Serbia has been actively engaged in the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme since 2007. Today, scientists and experts from Serbia are working to address a wide range of security issues, notably in the fields of energy security, counter-terrorism, and defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.
Serbia actively engages with NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) to develop its national civil preparedness and disaster management capabilities, and to improve interoperability in international disaster response operations. Serbia hosted the "SRBIJA 2018" consequence management field exercise, which brought together approximately 2,000 participants from 40 countries to practise international cooperation in an earthquake scenario.
In 2017, Serbia launched its second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2017-2020. Serbia is associated with the NATO/EAPC Policy and Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which was endorsed at the NATO Brussels Summit in 2018. Moreover, together with the United States, Serbia led a series of NATO-funded expert workshops to develop a scorecard, or set of indicators, to help assess how NATO and partner countries are mainstreaming gender in military operations.
Informing the public
Serbia and NATO aim to improve public information on NATO-Serbia cooperation. The NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade plays an important role in this process. Relations between Serbia and NATO are better than they seem to an average person, with Serbia becoming an ever more important partner.
Jens Stoltenberg NATO SG and Aleksandar Vucic Serbian President during the "SRBIJA 18" exercise (Mladenovac, Serbia, Oct 2018)
Serbian Officer and NATO SG Stoltenberg during the "SRBIJA 18" exercise (Mladenovac, Serbia, Oct 2018)
Serbian President Vucic hosted by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg at his home (Brussels, November 2017)
Serbian President Vucic side by side with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg attending the North Atlantic Council in NATO HQ (Brussels, Nov 2017)