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Euro-Atlantic Integration in Souteast Europe: the Role of NATO and the Partnership for Peace in Promoting Reform in the Defense and Security Sector - Lessons Learned and Perspectives
 

Workshop

23-25 November 2003, Borovets

Program


Sunday, 23 November

Arrival of participants

19:30 Dinner hosted by the Deputy Minister of Defense Ilko Dimitrov

Monday, 24 November

09:30 Opening

Ambassador Boyko Noev, Director European Programme, CSD
Mr. George Katsirdakis, Head of Section, Defense Policy and Planning Division, NATO

09.45 Session 1: The political framework of Euro-Atlantic Partnership:

- Political principles and requirements established by the EAPC Basic Document and the PfP Framework Document
- How the Partnership works

Chair: Ambassador Emil Valev, Head of the Bulgarian Mission to NATO
Speaker: Mr. George Katsirdakis, NATO
Speaker: Ambassador Todor Churov, Director, NATO and International Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

10:30 Discussion

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Session 2: Comprehensive review of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership

- Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism
- Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP)
- PfP Trust Fund

Chair: Ambassador Todor Churov
Speaker: Mr. George Katsirdakis, NATO
Speakers: Ambassador Emil Valev, Head of the Bulgarian Mission to NATO; LTC Krasi Kuzmanov, Defense Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria

12:00 Discussion

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Session 3: Procedures to join the PfP and other institutional issues:

- PfP Presentation Document
- Development of an Individual Partnership Programme (IPP)
- Establishment of a Liaison Office/Mission in NATO Headquarters

Chair: Mr. Plamen Bonchev, Head of NATO Department, NATO and International Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
Speakers: Mr. Plamen Bonchev; Mr. Petko Doykov, State Expert, NATO Department, NATO and International Security Directorate, MFA; LTC Rosen Petkov, Defense Policy Directorate, MoD

15:15 Discussion

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 Session 4: Legal issues of participation in the Partnership for Peace:

- Security Agreement;
- PfP SOFA;
- Agreement on Transit of NATO Forces and NATO Personnel (2001);
- Adaptating national legislation in the area of security and defence to PfP requirements.

Chair: Ms. Nina Nikolova, Legal Directorate, MoD Speakers: Ms. Nina Nikolova; Ms. Maria Spassova, Legal Expert, NATO and International Security Directorate, MFA

16:45 Discussion

19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, 25 November

09:00 Session 5: Defence/military aspects of Partnership for Peace

- Political/Military Framework for Participation in NATO-led PfP Operations
- Issues of interoperability with Allied forces; participation in PfP exercises and training; PSE Concept and Experience

Chair: COL Nikola Yakov, Director, Defense Policy Directorate, MoD
Speaker: LTC Jose-Juan Valencia, Partnership Coordination Cell (PCC), SHAPE
Speakers: Mrs Teodora Genchovska, COL Valeri Vasilev, Defense Policy Directorate, MoD, COL Nikolay Dotzev, Bulgarian General Staff

10:10 Discussion

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 Session 6: PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP). Transparency in national defence planning and budgeting

Chair: COL Vladimir Milenski, Chief Department, Defense Policy Directorate, MoD
Speakers: Ms. Teodora Genchovska, COL Valeri Vasilev, Defense Policy Directorate, MoD, COL Dobromir Totev, Defense Planning and Programming Directorate, MoD

11:30 Discussion

12:00 Closing remarks

13:00 Lunch

Departure of participants
 
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