PSSI held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund


On March 16–17 PSSI, in cooperation with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference was a key event within the project entitled “Development of the Serbian National Capabilities for Civilian Contributions to Peace Support Operations and Civilian Crisis Management“ that aims to help Serbia create a system enabling to send civilian experts to peacemaking operations. The project is supported by the Czech Development Agency and, being a part of Czech development aid, it seeks to foster Serbian accession to the EU, particularly to assist Serbian government in meeting the requirements contained in Chapter 31 of the acquis dealing with foreign, security and defence policy.

The conference primarily focused on the exchange of lessons learned and practical experience in sending civilians in international missions between the representatives of relevant Serbian ministries and their Czech counterparts. Serbian participants from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Interior and from the Cabinet of Minister in charge of the EU Integration had the opportunity to discuss and thus get valuable insights into various aspects concerning the framework for sending civilian experts. The conference greatly helped them to gain a better understanding of what is needed to establish a workable system.


Among the Serbian participants were:

Colonel Katarina Štrbac, Director of Projects and EU integrations Directorate, Ministry of Defence of Serbia

Snežana Stojić, Head of EU Sectoral Policies Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia

Vladimir Ateljević, Adviser to the Minister without portfolio in charge of EU integration

Željko Milenić, Adviser, Section for Peacekeeping Operations and Liaison Officers, Department for International Cooperation, Ministry of Interior of Serbia

Nikola Petrović, Director of the ISAC Fund


Among the Czech participants were:

Tomáš Szunyog, Director of Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Václav Bálek, Director of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Ivo Gombala, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, European External Action Service

Tomáš Tesárek, Former Head of Supplementary Police Unit, Special Police Department, EULEX - Rule of Law Mission Kosovo

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