Bosnia Hosts Global NATO: 56 Nations On Five Continents

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Joint Force Command Naples
April 12, 2013

Sarajevo hosts NATO Partnership Workshop
NATO, Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, Partners across the Globe: when NATO meets with it partner nations that is a lot of countries, people and organizations coming together. This was apparent in the Military Partnership Coordination Workshop hosted by Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 18 to 22 March 2013.

Led by SHAPE Military Cooperation Directorate, the Workshop was attended by representatives of 28 partner countries in a large, intense and fast-paced event where they could meet and be briefed by all levels of NATO headquarters in regional syndicates, bilateral meetings and plenary briefings.

The Workshop was chaired by Major General Sandor FUCSKU Deputy Chief of Staff Military Cooperation Directorate, a Bi-Strategic post under both Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation. The guest of honour was General Mieczyslaw BIENIEK Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. The event ran in parallel to an Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation and Feedback Programme Road Map Talks as well as a full General and Flag Officers Programme.

“With all these events taking place there was a massive exchange of information and the participants will be analyzing and acting upon the results of this workshop for many months into the future,” said Brigadier General Wolfgang RICHTER, J9 Division Head, Joint Force Command Naples. “The high value of this event to NATO and the partner countries was more than evident in every aspect of the workshop…

“Everyone heard the briefers stress NATO’s future being a shared one with its partners and how they need to be at the very core of our risk assessment,” said Colonel Bruno Costantini, Head of the Military Cooperation Branch at JFC Naples. “I and my staff were able to engage with most of the nations we are responsible for and we will now, with the support of our own HQ, turn all this information and knowledge into as much action as possible”.