New member of NATO North Macedonia to use the Alliance’s Next-Generation Incident Command System to coordinate response against COVID19
North Macedonia, which has became NATO’s newest member on 27 March, is now using the Alliance’s Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) to coordinate its response to the Covid-19 crisis and to provide its citizens with real-time data.
North Macedonian crisis management operators have now quickly adapted NATO’s NICS system to enhance the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The NICS system provides real-time data on the current status of the pandemic in their area as well as information on who to contact for items such as food and medicines. It also allows all North Macedonia’s institutions, as well as organisations like the Red Cross, to efficiently coordinate their activities effectively.
The system is part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project “Advanced Regional Civil Emergency Coordination Pilot” (ARCECP). It is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL), the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia and Montenegro.
North Macedonia officially joins NATO as 30th Ally
North Macedonia yesterday became NATO’s newest member after 27 years after it first expressed its desire to join the alliance.
“North Macedonia is now part of the NATO family, a family of thirty nations and almost one billion people,”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “A family based on the certainty that, no matter what challenges we face, we are all stronger and safer together.”
North Macedonia is considered by the Alliance a long-standing contributor to our Euro-Atlantic security for its participation in NATO-led missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
The EU also welcomed North Macedonia. The move caps a successful week of diplomacy for the Baltic country, after EU officials agreed to start membership talks with Skopje.
The way to NATO and EU membership was opened by an agreement with Greece in January to change the name of the former Yugoslav republic to the Republic of North Macedonia, ending one of the world’s longest diplomatic disputes over a country name.
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