Action Plan on Defence Institution Building (PAP-DIB)
1. The Member states of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council reaffirm
their conviction that effective and efficient state defence institutions
under civilian and democratic control are fundamental to stability in
the Euro-Atlantic area and essential for international security co-operation.
They agree to establish a Partnership Action Plan to support and sustain
further development of such institutions across the Euro-Atlantic area.
2. The Partnership Action Plan on Defence Institution Building (PAP-DIB)
aims to reinforce efforts by EAPC Partners to initiate and carry forward
reform and restructuring of defence institutions to meet their needs
and the commitments undertaken in the context of the Partnership for
Peace Framework Document and EAPC Basic Document, as well as the relevant
OSCE documents including the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military
Aspects of Security.
3. The PAP-DIB is developed within the EAPC framework and is open to
all EAPC Partners. In line with NATO's special focus on the Caucasus
and Central Asia, it may have particular relevance for Partners in these
two regions, as well as for Moldova. It provides a common political and
conceptual platform for bilateral and multilateral co-operation in developing
and sustaining efficient and democratically responsible defence institutions
including the armed forces under democratic and civilian control. The
PAP-DIB will define common objectives for Partnership work in this area,
encourage exchange of relevant experience among all Allies and Partners,
foster resource efficiency, and help tailor and focus bilateral assistance
programmes related to defence and security issues. It will include possible
new measures to facilitate and harmonise operational cooperation between
security structures including those beyond the responsibility of the
Ministry of Defence.
4. In taking this work forward, Allies and Partners will explore opportunities
to co-operate with other international organisations and institutions
which share a commitment to democratic transformation and security co-operation
in the Euro-Atlantic area, in particular the EU and the OSCE.
5. PAP-DIB is an integral part of the Partnership for Peace. By agreeing
this initiative, Allies and Partners commit themselves to dialogue, exchange
of experience, and practical co-operation in pursuing the following objectives
considered fundamental to the development of effective and democratically
responsible defence institutions:
5.1. Develop effective and transparent arrangements for the democratic
control of defence activities, including appropriate legislation and
co-ordination arrangements setting out the legal and operational role
and responsibilities of key state institutions in the Legislative and
Executive branches of Government.
5.2. Develop effective and transparent procedures to promote civilian
participation in developing defence and security policy, including participation
of civilians in governmental defence institutions, cooperation with non-governmental
organisations and arrangements to ensure appropriate public access to
information on defence and security issues.
5.3. Develop effective and transparent legislative and judicial oversight
of the defence sector, including appropriate arrangements to conduct
due legal process.
5.4. Develop effective and transparent arrangements and procedures to
assess security risks and national defence requirements; develop and
maintain affordable and inter-operable capabilities corresponding to
these requirements and international commitments, including those in
the framework of PfP.
5.5. Develop effective and transparent measures to optimise the management
of defence ministries and agencies with responsibility for defence matters,
and associated force structures, including procedures to promote inter-agency
5.6. Develop effective and transparent arrangements and practices to
ensure compliance with internationally accepted norms and practices established
in the defence sector, including export controls on defence technology
and military equipment.
5.7. Develop effective and transparent personnel structures and practices
in the defence forces, including training and education, promotion of
knowledge of international humanitarian law, arrangements for transparent
promotion and career development, and for protection of the civil rights
and freedoms of members of the armed forces.
5.8. Develop effective and transparent financial, planning, and resource
allocation procedures in the defence area.
5.9. Develop effective, transparent and economically viable management
of defence spending, taking into account macro-economic affordability
and sustainability; develop methods and policies in order to cope with
the socio-economic consequences of defence restructuring.
5.10. Develop effective and transparent arrangements to ensure effective
international co-operation and good neighbourly relations in defence
and security matters.
6. This Action Plan will make maximum use of existing EAPC and PfP tools
and mechanisms. Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) and PfP Planning
And Review Process (PARP) will serve as primary instruments for pursuing
PAP-DIB objectives and PARP will be adapted for this purpose. This may
include development of Partnership Goals related to PAP-DIB and tailored
to meet the needs and circumstances of individual Partners. Partners
who have not made a decision to develop an IPAP or to participate in
PARP but who wish to further develop democratic defence institutions
and forces may make full use of their IPP to take advantage of specific
activities which have been developed in this area of Partnership work.
New multilateral co-operative activities, including those offered by
Allies and Partners, may also be developed in the EAPC/PfP framework
to address common issues of relevance to implementation of the PAP-DIB
objectives. In taking forward this initiative, Allies and Partners will
draw on the experience and lessons learned in the context of the Membership
7. The International Staff will report periodically to Allies and Partners
on the implementation and development of PAP-DIB and on the overall progress
in reaching PAP-DIB objectives.
8. To the maximum extent possible, NATO-sponsored multilateral activities
will be developed in transparency and co-operation as appropriate, with
other international organisations, in particular the EU and the OSCE.
9. Allies and Partners are invited to support and/or contribute to
the development and implementation of programmes and activities in
of this Plan. They should be prepared to assist in the development
of new EAPC and PfP activities and provide tailored bilateral assistance,
including twinning and mentoring initiatives.