Project manager of the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC) Jan Cingel spoke at the event „The NATO Week in Serbia“, that took place on December 14 – 18, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organized by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies – Serbia (CEAS) with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD) and Rockefeller Brothers Fund already third year in row. The main topics of this year’s „NATO Week in Serbia“ were: Serbia – NATO relations; Serbia’s historically first Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO and its fulfilling; benefits of NATO membership/partnership for civilian as well as military industry; transitional justice in Serbia and the Western Balkan region as well as strategic communication vs. propaganda. Participants of the 3rd NATO Week were young members of Serbian political parties throughout the whole political spectrum. The goal of the project is to engage them in discussion about Serbia – NATO relations and more broadly about Serbia’s foreign policy.
Jan Cingel spoke within the panel entitled “How can cooperation between Serbia and NATO promote Serbia’s non-military industry?“ about experience of Slovak defence as well as civilian industry with NATO membership and what are possibilities for Serbia’s industry to cooperate with NATO. Most notable speakers of the NATO Week in Serbia included: Adm. (Ret.) Giampaolo di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee 2008-2011, Barbora Maronkova from the NATO PDD, ambassadors of NATO countries to Serbia as well as number of representatives of Serbian NGOs, media and academia experts. The second day of the NATO Week took place at the Slovak Embassy in Belgrade, as it still performs the duties as the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Serbia (2013-16).