Presentation Document, PfP
Republic of Serbia, as each partner state, independently drafted its respective Presentation Document where it defines its political agenda regarding participation in the Partnership for Peace, where the areas of cooperation of interest for the fulfillment of these goals were delineated, as well as the resources and assets that Serbia intends to place at disposal for PfP signatories' use.
P R E A M B L E
POLITICAL FRAMEWORK — FOUNDATIONS OF THE PARTNER RELATIONS
Scope: wider-ranging and intensive cooperation
FIELDS OF COOPERATION
- Democratic oversight of the defence system. In accepting the democratic oversight of the defence system as one of the postulates of modern democratic society, the Republic of Serbia will adopt a legal framework and create in that way the necessary preconditions for a transparent and responsible defence system management in the period to come. The Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, adopted on 8 November 2006, provides in its Article 141 for democratic and civilian oversight of the military. The adoption of the Laws on defence, armed forces, security services and democratic and civilian oversight will complete the set of legal documents regulating defence system functioning. This field of cooperation will contribute to the development and enhancement of parliamentary and civilian mechanisms of control and oversight. Similarly, the Republic of Serbia is making efforts to ensure conditions for greater independence and role of the media, NGOs and civilian experts and to promote and broaden education of all those dealing with security and defence matters.
- Defence Strategy and Policy. The implementation of the objectives and tasks of the defence system is defined by its strategy and policy. In accordance with its need for an adequate coordinated response to current security challenges, risks and threats, the Republic of Serbia is clearly interested in making its national defence system compatible with the defence systems of NATO and PfP Member States. Accordingly, the Republic of Serbia is interested to use the significant experiences, mechanisms, capacities and resources of the PfP, and to cooperate with partners bilaterally. The priority of its cooperation in this area is the elaboration of relevant strategic and doctrine-related documents translating them further into plans and programmes. The further development of the new approach based on these issues contributes to the overall efforts within the defence reform of the Republic of Serbia and to becoming interoperable with NATO and PfPmembers.
- Planning and financing of the defence system and resource management. This field of cooperation and its transparency in planning and implementation is anew quality of an interactive relationship between civilian authorities and the defence system. It is aimed, on the one hand, at acquiring insight by the professional community into the defence system’s problems and needs and, onthe other, at raising the public awareness of its own responsibility for an effective functioning of this segment of society. Cooperation in this field is expected toensure an effective defence system planning and financing process overseen by democratic institutions. This process will also contribute to ensuring effective and efficient forces that would be operable, and the Serbian defence system has already taken certain steps to put it in place. In addition, the Republic of Serbia intends to ensure, in accordance with the Framework Document, defence system planning and financing transparency also in relation to NATO and PfP Member States.
- Military education, training and doctrine. The Tailored Co-operation Programme between the Republic of Serbia and NATO, initiated in 2003, as the first institutionalised form of cooperation, provided an opportunity for a number of Ministry of Defence officials and Army of Serbia officers to attend, among others, courses and schools within NATO institutions. In this way, they were able to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary for the modernization of the defence system and work in a multilateral environment. The Republic of Serbia is interested in intensifying cooperation in this field and raising the level of interoperability of its armed forces with the armed forces of PfP and NATO partners in that way. With a view to upgrading the quality of education and training within the defence system, the Republic of Serbia intends to harmonise its doctrines and programmes with NATO and PfP Member States and to accede to the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.
- Conceptual, planning and operational aspects of participation in peace and humanitarian operations. The use of the Army of Serbia and civilian police in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace stabilisation operations, as well as in those intended to provide humanitarian assistance on a bilateral or multilateral basis is approved by the decision of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Therefore, the Republic of Serbia embraces the concept of security co-operation as the optimum form of protection of its national interests and expresses its readiness to make some of its forces, resources and experience available for purposes of peace and humanitarian operations led by the United Nations. In this respect, the Republic of Serbia wishes to streamline the relevant concepts of training, logistics, command and control and normative regulations on the conduct of such operations, as well as to improve its financing mechanisms, PR relations and civilian-military coordination. Of particular significance is the development of inter-operability of human and material resources for the needs of peace operations through various PfP mechanisms and exchange of experiences in the field and in international humanitarian law. The Republic of Serbia considers also important the development of regional capabilities through participation in the PfP Operational Capabilities Concept.
- Military medical services. The Republic of Serbia intends in particular to promote, through this field of co-operation, various capabilities of its military medical services, whether intended for the needs in the country or those of international peace operations. This co-operation implies advanced training of personnel, upgrading of material resources, joint participation in scientific research projects, exchanges of medical staff and support to the reform of medical corps training. The Republic of Serbia wishes to be informed about medical procedures, diagnostic and treatment methods and the equipment used by NATO Member States. Also, it wishes to make available for the purposes of PfP activities, the experience, professional skills and capacities of its military medical services, primarily the Military Academy Hospital and the troops medical corps (1st role). Secondly, its intention is to implement measures required for the level of standardisation and logistical support for coordinated operations under the PfP.
- Atomic/biological/chemical weapons defence. The Republic of Serbia wishes to improve and promote its national capabilities for protection against radiological, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons threats, as well as consultation and co-ordination of activities in the field with PfP partner countries and NATO Members. The Army of Serbia's Centre for the training and improvement of these personnel represents a national point of reference in the planning of the development of regional and broader international significance. Concurrently, this development includes training, joint international engagement of teams, instruction of national mobile training teams and instructors, as well as support to civilian authorities both at home and in the NATO and PfP countries.
- Learning of foreign languages. The Republic of Serbia has established initial capacities for teaching foreign languages at the Military Academy of the Army of Serbia through the implementation of the Programme of English Language Teaching (PELT) containing all the principles of the NATO STANAG 6001. These capacities require further improvements through teaching methodology development, adoption of general, technical and specialised glossaries of NATO terminology, training of teachers and exchange of experiences in this field. In addition, aware of the fact that knowledge of languages and the terminology used by NATO is the foremost element of interoperability, the Republic of Serbia is desirous of increasing this capability also through sending personnel to attend training courses in NATO and PfP countries.
- Operational, material and administrative aspects of standardisation. By participating in this co-operation, the Republic of Serbia wishes to be familiar with the standardisation process in NATO, to develop its own structures, organisations and standardisation procedures that would be compatible with NATO Member States and partner countries. Also, in the framework of the PfP10Planning and Review Process, the Republic of Serbia intends to identify and apply NATO standards relating to the equipment and systems operated by ground forces, air force and air defences through co-ordinated areas of individual cooperation and partnership goals.
- Military exercises and training. The Republic of Serbia is interested in intensifying co-operation in military exercises and training and in raising in this way the level of interoperability of the Army of Serbia with the armed forces of the NATO and PfP countries. This includes improvement of the training of military units and individuals for participation in international formations, adjustment of command and control systems and of staff procedures, as well as development of civilian-military co-operation and crisis management techniques. Particularly important in this field will be participation in the PARP and active participation in military exercises, whether PfP or those carried out "in a PfP spirit" at the regional level.
- Cooperation and coordination in response to emergencies. The Republic of Serbia intends to unify all the functions related to the management of natural and man-made disasters implying preventive and operational measures of protecting the lives or property of citizens. The Republic of Serbia wishes to promote the system of protection and rescue and evacuation of the population in emergency situations through the development of its own capabilities, as well as through regional and wider arrangements in this field. Such arrangements include exchange of information, joint exercises, agreements on mutual assistance and promotion of information technologies for these purposes. National alert government authorities express the necessity at cooperation with the Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Co-ordination Centre (EADRCC) and NATO with a view to improving coordination of national response to human or man-made disasters and exchange of information during all the stages in disaster management (prevention, response, rehabilitation and recovery).
- Science and technology. The Republic of Serbia expresses its interest in participating in the realization of projects related to scientific and technological cooperation within the PfP programme, whether in respect of the PfP priority areas (defence against terrorism, environmental protection) and in respect of the national priorities for scientific research. Key areas of cooperation will include information technologies, water management, waste management (particularly radioactive waste), renewable energy sources, biotechnologies (especially in agriculture and medicine), food safety, advanced technologies (nano science and nano technologies, new materials), social trends (particularly reduced effects of the brain drain and policy and scientific and technological development), as well as defence against nuclear terrorism. Cooperation in all these areas may be developed with universities and institutes in the Republic of Serbia.
- Air space management and control. By participating in this co-operation, the Republic of Serbia intends to develop effective civilian-military co-ordination in managing air transport, to achieve interoperability in communication systems, navigation and reconnaissance, to develop and implement contemporary air safety measures and apply international regulations and standards of ICAO, EUROCONTROL and of other international civil aviation organisations of which it is a member.
- Crisis management. As the Republic of Serbia expresses the intention to work through this field of co-operation for further development of its crisis management capabilities and skills under democratic control in the use of modern information technologies for the crisis management training and co-operation, it also wishes to improve the organisation and operability of the Operational-Defence Centre, to actively co-operate with the NATO Situation Centre and to participate in the relevant aspects of NATO Crisis Management Exercises (CMX) and at the meetings discussing subject-matters of common interest in this field.
- Response to terrorism. In this field of co-operation the Republic of Serbia intends to promote sharing of information and to develop its national capabilities in combating terrorism, to develop interoperability with the NATO and PfP countries in order to ensure the best response to such security risks and threats. At the same time, it wishes to support and contribute to regional and international efforts made in the context of Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism (PAPT), as well as the relevant UN resolutions and initiatives.
- Consultations, command and control (including telecommunications andinformation technologies, navigation and identification and related aspects, interoperability procedures and terminology). The Republic of Serbia wishes to develop telecommunication and information systems to support command and control functions through harmonisation with NATO standards. Initially, in addition to consultations, forms of this co-operation would be based on familiarisation with modern concepts of planning, implementation, use and maintenance of the strategic, operational and tactical systems of telecommunications and information.
- Public relations. The main goal of cooperation in the area of public relations is the assertion of the Republic of Serbia’s transparent defence reform process and participation in the PfP programme, along with the higher level of understanding and support of the public at home and abroad for these processes. Cooperation in the field of public relations will provide within the defence system for the training in the area of public diplomacy, exchange of experiences, cooperation in the elaboration and implementation of public relations projects and research, cooperation with international universities, institutes and the media towards a more effective promotion of Euro Atlantic partnership and an increased public support for the Republic of Serbia’s planned defence reform processes.
- Development co-operation programmes in the field of armaments and military equipment. The Republic of Serbia wishes to carry out this form of cooperation through research in armaments and military equipment, production of small arms and artillery ordnance and munitions of various calibre, gunpowder12and explosives, engineering machinery, armoured combat and non-combat vehicles, aircraft, personal protection means, etc. Also, there is an interest in the repair of these devices, as well as in the demilitarisation and destruction of excess stocks, explosives and landmines, and in improving co-ordination of military logistics with the relevant economic structures.
- Elaboration of joint plans and programmes of cooperation and co-ordination;
- Participation in the work of NATO committees and command structures;
- Participation in joint scientific research projects through exchange of task forces and experts and researchers and through other measures of cooperation in the field of science and technology;
- Support to the implementation of Partnership goals;
- Staging of, and participation at, international seminars and conferences;
- Consulting, advising and meetings;
- Exchange of personnel, information and data;
- Training and advanced training of personnel;
- Recruitment of mobile education and training teams (METT);
- Joint participation in command and staff exercises at operational and tactical levels;
- Joint participation in peace and humanitarian operations mandated by the United Nations;
- Joint training of military and civilian personnel in national and international training centres;
- Participation in arms and military equipment fairs.