Imediately after the signature, the Programme for International Development Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of Montenegro for the period 2018-2019 is already implemented in the area that is of vital importance for Montenegro.

From 27 to 29 November 2018, training of members of the Aircraft-Helicopter Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro took place in Montenegro, where we exchanged the Montenegrin and Slovenian experiences on the most important aspects of safe helicopter flying in the highlands. In parallel with the training, activities related to the preparation of the proposal for the development of the Avio-Helicopter Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro were also acquired.

In order to ensure direct applicability, the workshops were very practical and included tactical exercises in the air with AB412 helicopter. Before each exercise in the air, an interactive briefing was carried out on the ground, and after an exercise in the air, an analysis was carried out, within which the participants received feedback on the exercise carried out and on potential improvements of flying in high mountains. We also discussed horizontal issues such as sensitivity to gender dimension and vulnerable groups.

The set of public services of the helicopter units of the Ministry of the Interior is diverse and important for ensuring the safety and protection of human security in the country. In order to carry out monitoring, search and rescue as well as helicopter emergency medical operations and other operations in the public interest, in accordance with EU standards, the current capacity of the unit needs to be further developed. The activities carried out in 2018 present a beginning of a long-term development cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and Montenegro, aimed at developing the capacity of the Aviation Helicopter Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro. 

The project is part of the program activities carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia / Police of the Republic of Slovenia and is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia from the funds for international development cooperation.