14 October, 2013 – 11:30 to 18 October, 2013 – 17:30

 

Event “Partnership Tour” was a series of public discussions in regions of Serbia, taking place within a week of 14 – 18 October, 2013. Implementation team consisted of representatives of the Slovak Atlantic Commission, Atlantic Council of Serbia and speakers from both Slovakia and Serbia. Speakers included representatives of Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Embassy in Serbia (contact Embassy of NATO in Serbia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense of Serbia and Serbian NGOs. Apart from that, Serbian media and NGOs representatives together with people from partner countries, usually perceived as neutral, attended discussions as speakers too. Partner countries were in most cases represented by defense attachés of countries like Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. Public debates took place in Kragujevac – 14 October, 2013, Niš – 15 October, 2013, Novi Sad – 16 October, 2013, Zaječar – 17 October, 2013 and Belehrad -18 October, 2013.

Agenda:

Day 1: Monday, October 14, 2013
Kragujevac, venue – Main hall of the City assembly, Trg Slobode 3:
11.30 – 12.00 Registration of participants
12.00 – 12.30 Opening speech by: Mr. Saša Milenić* – President of the City Assembly, MP; Mr.Rastislav Kostilník, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade, NATO CPE; Mr. Boris Viculin – Project manager at the Atlantic Council of Serbia
12.30 – 12.45 Road of the Slovak Republic to NATO – Sharing Experience
Peter Bátor, Slovak Permanent Delegation to the NATO, Brussels
12.45 – 13.00 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Political Framework
Mr. Saša Kostić, Ist Counsellor, Sector for Security policy, MFA of the Republic of Serbia
13.00 – 13.15 Military – technical cooperation between Serbia and NATO
Brigadier – general Ornello Baron, Head of the NATO military liaison office in Belgrade
13.15 – 13.45 Q&A Session
13.45 – 14.00 Coffee Break
14.00 – 14.15 Road of the Slovak Republic to the NATO – Defence and Military Dimension
Ivo Samson, Director, Institute of Security and Defence Studies, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
14.15 – 14.30 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Defence and Military Aspects
maj. Nikola Pekić, Sector for defence policy, MoD
14.30 – 14.45 Partnership with NATO – Experience of the Kingdom of Sweden
Col. Thomas Klementsson, Defence Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
14.45 – 15.00 Partnership with NATO as incentive for investments and economic development of the local community
Mr. Nebojša Vasiljević, Member of the City Council in charge for investments and development
15.00 – 15.15 Role of NGOs and civil society in the process of Transatlantic integration and partnership
Boris Viculin, Atlantic Council of Serbia
Ján Cingel, Slovak Atlantic Commission
15.15 – 16.00 Q&A Session and Closing remarks.
16.30 – 18.00 Lunch (speakers, organizers and representatives of local government)
*Mr. Saša Milenić will also be a moderator during the sessions

 

Day 2: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Niš, venue – Main hall of the City assembly , Nikole Pašića str. no. 24.:
11.30 – 12.00 Registration of participants
12.00 – 12.30 Opening speech by: Žarko Ranković – member of the City Council; Rastislav Kostilník, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade, NATO CPE; Mr. Boris Viculin – Project manager at the Atlantic Council of Serbia
12.30 – 12.45 Road of the Slovak Republic to NATO – Sharing Experience
Peter Bátor, Slovak Permanent Delegation to the NATO, Brussels
12.45 – 13.00 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Political Framework
Mr. Saša Kostić, Ist Counsellor, Sector for Security policy, MFA of the Republic of Serbia
13.00 – 13.15 Partnership with NATO – Austrian experience
Lt.Col. Martin Schiesser,MSD , deputy of the defence attaché of the Republic of Austria in Belgrade
13.15 – 13.45 Q&A Session
13.45 – 14.00 Coffee Break
14.00 – 14.15 Road of the Slovak Republic to the NATO – Defence and Military Dimension
Ivo Samson, Director, Institute of Security and Defence Studies, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
14.15 – 14.30 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Defence and Military Aspects
Maj. Dušan Mrdak, Sector for defence policy, MoD
14.30 – 14.45 Role of NGOs and civil society in the process of Transatlantic integration and partnership
Boris Viculin, Atlantic Council of Serbia
Ján Cingel, Slovak Atlantic Commission
14.45 – 15.00 NATO Real-life experience
Speaker from the region with positive experience with NATO (TBC.)
15.00 – 15.30 Q&A Session and Closing remarks.
16.00 – 17.30 Lunch (speakers, organizers and representatives of local government)

Day 3: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Novi Sad, venue – main hall of the City assembly Zarka Zrenjanina str. no. 2:
11.30 – 12.00 Registration of participants
12.00 – 12.30 Opening speech by: Miodrag Miloševic – deputy of the Head of the Mayor’s cabinet; Rastislav Kostilník, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade, NATO CPE, Mr. Boris Viculin – project manager at the Atlantic Council of Serbia
12.30 – 12.45 Road of the Slovak Republic to NATO – Sharing Experience
Peter Bátor, Slovak Permanent Delegation to the NATO, Brussels
12.45 – 13.00 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Political Framework
Mr. Saša Kostić, Ist Counsellor, Sector for Security policy, MFA of the Republic of Serbia
13.00 – 13.15 Partnership with NATO (NATO open door policy, issues of membership and partnership with NATO…)
Rastislav Kostilník, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade
13.15 – 13.45 Q&A Session
13.45 – 14.00 Coffee Break
14.00 – 14.15 Road of the Slovak Republic to the NATO – Defence and Military Dimension
Ivo Samson, Director, Institute of Security and Defence Studies, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
14.15 – 14.30 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Defence and Military Aspects
maj. Nikola Pekić, Sector for defence policy, MoD
14.30 – 14.45 Serbia’s interests and NATO
Nikola Petrović – ISAC fund
14.45 – 15.00 Role of NGOs and civil society in the process of Transatlantic integration and partnership
Boris Viculin, Atlantic Council of Serbia
Ján Cingel, Slovak Atlantic Commission
15.00 – 15.30 Q&A Session and Closing remarks.

 

Day 4: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Zaječar, venue – Megatrend faculty for management, main amphitheatre, Park šuma Kraljevića bb:
11.30 – 12.00 Registration of participants
12.00 – 12.30 Opening speech by: Mr. Velimir Ognjenović – Mayor of Zaječar or Mr. Sasa Mirković – President of the City Assembly; Rastislav Kostilník, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade, NATO CPE; prof. Predrag Simić – moderator; Mr. Boris Viculin – Project manager at the Atlantic Council of Serbia
12.30 – 12.45 Road of the Slovak Republic to NATO – Sharing Experience
Martin Sklenár, Director, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
12.45 – 13.00 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Political Framework
Mr. Saša Kostić, Ist Counsellor, Sector for Security policy, MFA of the Republic of Serbia
13.00 – 13.15 Partnership with NATO – Experience of the Kingdom of Sweden
Col. Thomas Klementsson, Defence Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
13.15 – 13.45 Q&A Session
13.45 – 14.00 Coffee Break
14.00 – 14.15 Road of the Slovak Republic to the NATO – Defence and Military Dimension
Dalibor Pavolka, Director, Defence Policy and International Relations Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
14.15 – 14.30 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Defence and Military Aspects
maj. Dušan Mrdak, Sector for defence policy, MoD
14.30 – 14.45 Role of NGOs and civil society in the process of Transatlantic integration and partnership
Boris Viculin, Atlantic Council of Serbia
Ján Cingel, Slovak Atlantic Commission
14.45 – 15.00 Perception of NATO in Serbian media and public
Mr. Radko Femić, journalist at the Novi magazin
15.00 – 15.30 Q&A Session and Closing remarks – prof. Predrag Simić – moderator;

 

Day 5: Friday, October 18, 2013
Belgrade, venue – Megatrend university, small amphitheatre, Goce Delčeva 8:
11.00 – 11.30 Registration of participants
11.30 – 12.00 Opening speech by: representative of the host – Megatrend university; H.E. Ján Varšo, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Serbia, Embassy of the Slovak Republic to Belgrade, NATO CPE; prof. Predrag Simić – moderator; representative of the Atlantic Council of Serbia
12.00 – 12.15 Road of the Slovak Republic to NATO – Sharing Experience
Martin Sklenár, Director, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
12.15 – 12.30 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Political Framework
Ms. Dijana Ivančić, Head of Department for NATO and PfP, Sector for Security    policy, MFA of the Republic of Serbia
12.30 – 12.45 Military – technical cooperation between Serbia and NATO
Brigadier – general Ornello Baron, Head of the NATO military liaison office in Belgrade
12.45 – 13.15 Q&A Session
13.15 – 13.45 Coffee Break
13.45 – 14.00 Road of the Slovak Republic to the NATO – Defence and Military Dimension
Dalibor Pavolka, Director, Defence Policy and International Relations Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
14.00 – 14.15 Serbia and its Partnership with NATO – Defence and Military Aspects
Col. Dragan Tatomir, Sector for defence policy, MoD
14.15 – 14.30  Partnership with NATO – Austrian experience
Col. MMag. Thomas Ahammer, defence attaché of the Republic of Austria in Belgrade
14.30 – 14.45 Partnership with NATO – Experience of the Kingdom of Sweden
Col. Thomas Klementsson, Defence Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden
14.45 – 15.00 Role of NGOs and civil society in the process of Transatlantic integration and partnership
Boris Viculin, Atlantic Council of Serbia
Ján Cingel, Slovak Atlantic Commission
15.00 – 15.30 Q&A Session and Closing remarks – prof. Predrag Simić – moderator;