The Public Affairs Regional Centre established in November 2005 has successfully conducted, as of 31 December 2012, 52 training activities that helped to improve the capabilities within the Ministries of Defence and Armed forces of Western Balkan countries to deal with news media under a multitude of circumstances.
PARC currently cooperates with seven regional countries, but it keeps its doors open for any NATO, PfP or other partner countries, as a recent member of NATO PTEC community. So far, PARC has trained more than 700 participants from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Montenegro), as well as from the Republic of Macedonia. In addition, PARC has trained 21 domestic and regional media trainers to conduct Communication skills and Media training workshops. We believe that the participation in the PARC workshops and seminars conducted by PARC certified Media trainers, domestic and foreign media training experts and academic lecturers will also help to develop and intensify the cooperation within nations and to create a higher level of mutual trust among their armed forces.
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In June, 2013, the Public Affairs Regional Centre (PARC) became the twenty sixth Partnership Education and Training Centre (PTEC) by meeting the criteria of the NATO concept for PTECs. PARC is the only PTEC which is specialized in training and education in the area of public affairs.
Upon obtaining the status of NATO PTEC, the training offered in PARC, in accordance with the NATO PTEC concept, became available to all NATO and PfP countries, the Mediterranean Dialogue countries and the Istanbul Initiative, as well as the rest of the partner countries. In the training catalogue for 2014, PARC offers two basic Public Affairs courses to the NATO PCM menu, available to all abovementioned countries.
In order to maintain the regional cooperation, apart from these courses, other workshops, courses and seminars have been planned in the field of public affairs, communication skills, media training and crisis communications as well as training and education of media trainers. In 2014, the process of NATO accreditation of certain courses in the centre is to commence.