Annual exposition of the
Partnership Training and Education Centers (PTEC) "Marketplace 2015" was
organized in NATO HQ in Brussels on 19 - 22 October 2015. PTECs presented
their institutions and demonstrated common cooperation. Initially the
project was launched in 1999 under the Partnership for Peace program to
develop training and education activities among Euro-Atlantic partners.
The increasing importance of the activity was
highlighted during the opening ceremony by NATO’s Assistant Secretary
General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann
and NATO School Commandant Colonel Mark Baines.
A great number of participants were presented
on this event. 17 of 29 PTECs that currently make up the network of the
centers and provide education and training within NATO, presented their
institutes, the achievements and courses to delegations from NATO HQ.
The following countries were representing their activities at the Marketplace
this year: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Germany, Greece, Egypt,
Finland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland,
Turkey, Ukraine and USA.
The members of the International Staff Officers’
Course (ISOC), which is an integral part of the Lifelong Education Center
of the Armed Forces Academy (AFA), traditionally participated during this
event. Slovakia and AFA as a recognized PTC was represented by Capt René
HEČKO and MSgt Rastislav HELDÁK. They introduced a training system of
military personnel and the possibility of further enhancing their career
skills throughout different courses. The emphasis was put on education
in ISOC, in which the aim is to prepare not only Slovak but also foreign
staff officers for working in multinational environment in the area of
planning and conducting of military operations according to NATO standards.
During the event all PTCs expositions were visited
by delegations of countries presented in NATO HQ. Expositions were visited
also by Military Steering Committee and Heads of the Permanent Delegation
of the Slovak Republic to NATO.