Bulgaria Joins NATO Building Integrity Trust Fund
Bulgaria has been officially recognized as the sixth lead nation in NATO’s Building Integrity Trust Fund, whose aim is to promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the defence and security sector.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow led a signing ceremony on Thursday recognising Bulgaria as a member.
The ceremony was attended by the Bulgarian Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Ivan Naydenov, and by the representatives of Belgium, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the five other lead nations in the Trust Fund.
Ambassador Vershbow highlighted the leadership role that Bulgaria already plays in the programme and commended each lead nation for their ongoing efforts.
“The Building Integrity Programme is a capacity-building programme aimed at promoting good practices and embedding good governance in defence institutions and structures. In the current financial climate, all nations are faced with the challenges of reforming, renewing and strengthening operational and institutional capacities. Taxpayers want to know they are getting value for money,” the Deputy Secretary General said, according to a NATO press release.
“NATO’s added value is in assessing risks and providing practical tools to promote good governance in defence institutions and structures”, he added.
The Norwegian Permanent Representative, Ambassador Vegard Ellefsen, speaking on behalf of the other lead nations, welcomed Bulgaria, noting that the expanding number of lead nations shows the growing commitment to this initiative.
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