Representatives from nineteen of these training centres came together at NATO Headquarters on 19 October 2016 in an annual PTEC Community event known as the “Marketplace” to introduce themselves to the wider NATO community, presenting their course guides and the overarching missions of the respective centres.
The PTEC Community is comprised of thirty-one centres based in twenty-five NATO and partner countries. PTECs offer courses and academic seminars to both military and civilian audiences. In addition, they provide platforms for exercises and training of an operational character, including in preparation for deployment to NATO operations.
PTECs have been proactively participating in NATO initiatives to harness interoperability by contributing multinational education and training activities to the Partnership Cooperation Menu, by conducting targeted Mobile Education and Training Teams, and by providing Subject Matter Experts in support of NATO’s partnership programmes.
They provide education and training to the Partnership Cooperation Menu in a variety of critical Areas of Cooperation, including Lessons Learned, Language Training, Crisis Management, Law of Armed Conflict, Democratic Control of the Armed Forces and Defence Structures and Gender Perspectives, Peace and Security.
The community has welcomed two newly recognised centres: the first is from the United States, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operation Institute, and the second is from Hungary, the Hungarian Defence Forces Pease Support Training Centre.
Vice-Admiral Horcada, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative Europe, opened the event highlighting the importance of the network between NATO and the Partner Countries, with the "Marketplace" being a tangible example of how cooperation and mutual understanding can bring to successful results.
The annual "Marketplace" event also allows representatives to exchange expertise and to forge new links, discuss further synergies and new courses, while also attracting more members to the network, which in turn helps to connect allied and partner forces by collaborating on training expertise. NATO School Dean of academics, U.S. Colonel Timothy E. Dreifke emphasised the impact of the training centres.
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Partnership Training and Education Centres (in Italics institutions that participated in this year’s Marketplace):
- Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT), Austria
- Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Foreign Languages Department (FLD) National Military University, Bulgaria
- Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), Egypt
- Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), Finland
- German Armed Forces United Nations Training Centre (GE UN Trg Ctr), Germany
- Sachkhere Mountain-Training School, Georgia
- Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Centre (Hellenic MPSOTC), Greece
- Hungarian Defence Forces Peace Support Training Centre (HDF PSTC), Hungary
- International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), Italy
- Jordan Armed Forces Language Institute (JAFLI), Jordan
- Peace Operation Training Centre (POTC), Jordan
- Kazakh Partnership for Peace Training Centre (KAZCENT), Kazakhstan
- Professional Guidance and Continuous Training Centre of the Armed Forces Military Academy, Moldova
- Five Hills Peace Support Operations Training Centre, Mongolia
- The Regional Department of Defence Resources Management Studies (DRESMARA), Romania
- Crisis Management and Multinational Operations Department (CMMOD), Romania
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Training Centre, Serbia
- The Slovak Armed Forces Academy of General Milan Rastislav Stefanik, Slovakia
- The Slovenian PfP Language Training Centre, Slovenia
- Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT), Sweden
- Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland
- PSO Training Centre Swiss Armed Forces International Command (PSO TC SWISSINT), Switzerland
- Public Affairs Regional Centre (PARC), the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
- Turkish PfP Training Centre, Turkey
- International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC), Ukraine
- Defence Academy, United Kingdom
- Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), United States
- Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), United States
- Partner Language Training Centre Europe (PLTCE), United States
- Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), United States
* - Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.