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Slovak Experience Sharing with SSR (Kiev, March 2011)

Slovak Experience Sharing with Security Sector Reform

CENAA in cooperation with Ukrainien partners organized seminary “Slovak Experience Sharing with Security Sector Reform”. Seminary took place on 17th March 2011 at the premises on Kiev National University of Taras Sevchenko. More than 30 participants – representatives of Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, non-governmental organizations, academics and students – were discussing with Slovak experts various topics of security reform.

First panel “Slovak security sector reform” explained past and current reform of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, positive and negative experience from the influence of strategic documents of the SR on defence planning and the role of NGO´s within this process. Second panel focused on the position of “Slovakia at the international scene” presented Slovak Strategic Defence Review and its importance from the point of view of the Slovak international commitments. Experts also compared the European Security Strategy with Slovak Security Strategy. Third panel paid the attention to “Ukraine as a strategic partner of the Euro-Atlantic area“. Besides the discussion on the relations of V4 countries with Ukraine, col. Ihor Koziy from Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation pointed out challenges of security sector reform in Ukraine. Oleg Kokoshynskiy from the Atlantic Council of Ukraine debated on role of Ukraine important regional actor. Seminar was also attended by Slovak Ambassador to Ukraine, HE Pavol Hamžík, defence attache col. Juraj Beskid, Head of NATO Liason Office Marcin Koziel and Director of NATO IDC Natalia Nemyliwska.

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