Danish cooperation with Serbia in the field of defence and security is a vital part of a wider Danish policy to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in South Eastern Europe. Below you can read about defence cooperation between Denmark and Serbia.
The defence cooperation between Serbia and Denmark was established in 2004 with the signing of a “Letter of Intent”. In 2006 the first formalised cooperation programme between Denmark and Serbia was signed, which has continued since then. In recent years Serbia has been Denmark’s biggest cooperation partner in Europe outside NATO.
The cooperation projects have primarily aimed at supporting reforms, capacity building and regional cooperation. Main areas of cooperation besides bilateral talks and meetings were the PRISMA project (discharged military personnel), Search and Rescue, English language training, safe storage of ammunition and ordnance disposal, the CBRN center in Krusevac and civil emergency planning.
Training of Serbian personnel:
Denmark has financially supported training in various areas including to a number of Serbian students' participation in activities outside Serbia such as courses at Peace Support Operations Centre in Sarajevo, Baltic Defence College in Tartuu, Estonia, and Nordic Peacekeeping courses in Denmark.
Cooperation between the Air Forces:
The cooperation has been intensive and has among other things included activities to create a regional SAR structure in the Balkans, including the establishment of a 24-7 helicopter emergency in Serbia. Regionally, SAR agreements have been initiated, where the authorities share resources and information in order to optimize the chances for search and rescue in the region. At the same time, FTK has completed a number of activities in order to improve the military air operation structure in Serbia, and FTK has been a key factor in the establishment of the Serbian safety structure. Under Danish influence, Serbia has joined the global COSPAS-SARSAT organization, and Denmark supports with a mentor in order to make Serbia able to meet membership requirements. Denmark has over the years donated 14 fuel trucks and other equipment to the Serbian Air Force, as well as a very large amount tool. Finally, the two Air Forces have participated in each other's Air Shows.
Serbia has willingly undertaken the hosting of “LOGEX15”, which took place in the spring of 2015. In 2014, Serbia hosted four training sessions. Denmark provides IT equipment and training. Students from across the Western Balkans and Sweden and other non-NATO countries participated in the preparatory educations and the LOGEX15. The exercise was carried out in 2015.
Cooperation between the military forces:
Besides CIMIC and MP courses, the cooperation includes courses, exchange visits around C2 in land operations, and highly qualified training of Danish officers at the CBRN center in Krusevac.
Denmark has supported through PRISMA (retraining of former soldiers). In addition, Denmark supports English language teaching together with other countries, and through OSCE / UNDP also the weapon destruction programs in Serbia (white phosphorus).
Denmark has a comprehensive support program in relation to the implementation of IT systems in the higher staffs as well as using IT for psychology test in recruitment and selection of staff. Furthermore Denmark support building up an HR structure and assist with IT equipment for the establishment of multimedia classrooms. Denmark has also supported with an electronic archive system.
The Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA):
DEMA has had and continues to have a strong commitment to the implementation of ARGOS (as in the other Balkan countries) and 112 call centers. In addition, there is exchange of knowledge and experience, including the organizing of seminars on Risk Assessment – at local level.
2014 floods response:
During the floods in May 2014 the Danish Ministry of Defence also provided support. The Danish Emergency Management Agency sent 26 volunteers, 12 vehicles and two pump modules to Serbia to assist Serbia in its fight against the floods.