The first Comprehensive Generic Training on Peace Operations (CGTPO) Course in Serbia ran from November 26th until December 7th, 2018.

The first pilot course for training civilian experts for partaking in multinational operations was held at the Peacekeeping Operations Centre (PKOC) of the Serbian Armed Forces in Belgrade, Transport Service Training Battalion in Kraljevo and Multinational Operations Training Centre of the Serbian Armed Forces in Base “South” from November 26th to December 7th. The implementation of the course was supported by ISAC Fund, Directorate for European Integration and Project Management of the Ministry of Defence, Peacekeeping Operations Centre (PKOC), as well as the Multinational Operations Training Centre of the Serbian Armed Forces.

Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of European Integrations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and other state institutions.

Lectures and practical exercises of domestic and foreign instructors guaranteed exceptional quality and success of the course. We would like to highlight commitment of the instructors from the Peacekeeping Operations Centre, Multinational Operations Training Centre of the Serbian Armed Forces, Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE, European External Action Service, Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) from Berlin, Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies from Italy as well as instructors from Transport Service Training Battalion of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The closing ceremony was attended by Branimir Filipović, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs; Robert Kuharski, Head of Security Sector Cooperation, OSCE Mission to Serbia; Brigadier General Vladeta Baltić, Deputy Head of the Army; Brigadier General Slobodan Stopa, Commander of the Fourth Brigade of the Armed Forces, whereas Aleksandar Živković, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence handed certificates of successful completion of the course to the course participants.

ISAC Fund is proud of this achievement after two years of hard work, which also demonstrates success of the government and civil society working together in bringing about positive results and reforms.  We look forward in continuing our cooperation with all stakeholders for the next phase of the project, which in the following two years will finalize the creation of the system for sending civilians to multilateral peace operations, including the selection and training of experts.