Swiss Initiative on Standards for Private Security Companies (PSCs) brought to an Ambassadorial Meeting of the EAPC (Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council) on June 12, 2012
Private (Military) Security Companies (P(M)SCs) have become an integral element of military operations and their use poses important legal, political, and operational challenges. They were and still are part of international operations and, in particular, of NATO-led operations/activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina (used starting in 1995 for IFOR/SFOR), Irak (used since 2009 for NTM-I) and Afghanistan (used extensively in ISAF) The importance of having standards applicable to these companies has been increasingly highlighted at the operational level as well as at the political level.
The Swiss Initiative had three main aims:
- increase the number of EAPC countries supporting the Montreux Document;
- inform EAPC countries about the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers;
- incentivize NATO to review its relevant policies or adopt new policies in order to establish conformity with the Montreux Document and take into account the ICoC regime as an important element in contracts with service providers
Following different meetings at expert level since 2008, the issue was brought to an Ambassadorial meeting of the EAPC on June 12, 2012, which included presentations of Swiss Ambassadors Jürg Lindenmann and Claude Wild. Thanks to the run-up to the Ambassadorial meeting and to the meeting itself, the initiative has already produced the following results: three new Allied Countries and one Partner Country have announced their support to the Montreux Document in the last months; SHAPE has produced an ACO directive for contracting officers in January 2012. Furthermore, NATO military authorities have been asked to make proposals in order to update NATO’s current policies.
Speech of Ambassador Claude Wild (en)
Speech of Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann(en)
For further information on the Montreux Document (in English, French, Italian, German and other relevant languages), please consult following link:
The Montreux Document on private military and security companies