Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
|Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal|
Common obverse and reverse of the medal
|Awarded by European Union|
|Eligibility||Civilian and military members of CSDP missions|
|Awarded for||At least 30 days of service for each mission|
|Motto||Pro Pace Unum (Together For Peace)|
|Established||1 January 2003|
|Next (higher)||Varies by country|
|Next (lower)||Varies by country|
CSDP ALTHEA Operations medal ribbon bar
CSDP ALTHEA Staff medal ribbon bar
CSDP EUTM Mali Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service
The Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal (formerly the European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal), is an international military decoration awarded to individuals, both military and civilian, who have served with CSDP missions. Since the 1990s the European Union has taken a greater role in military missions both in Europe and abroad. These actions were taken under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), which is implemented by the European Union Military Staff, a department of the EU. To recognize service in these missions the EU authorized the creation of a medal with a common obverse and reverse, to which clasps featuring the missions' name are attached to the ribbon bar.
The medal is 36 mm in diameter, made of a silver colored metal. All versions share a common design. The obverse of the medal is plain except for a circle of twelve five pointed stars around the outside edge of the medal. The reverse contains the Latin phrase, Pro Pace Unum, meaning "United for Peace". They words are arranged in three lines one word above the other in the center of the medal. The medal is suspended from a 36 mm ribbon in EU blue with either a wide gold center stripe for headquarters and combat forces, or a wide white stripe for planning and support. Each operation is identified with a different clasp with the name of the operation worn on the ribbon of the medal. A miniature version is worn on the ribbon bar, when medals are not worn.
Ribbons and clasps
- Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM), 1 January 2003–
- EUFOR Concordia, 31 March 2003–15 December 2003
- Operation Artemis, 12 June 2003–1 September 2003
- Police Mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (EUPOL Proxima), 15 December 2003–14 December 2005
- EUFOR Althea, 2 December 2004–
- Reform Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUSEC RD Congo), 8 June 2005–
- AMIS EU Supporting Action, 18 July 2005–31 December 2007
- Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah), 25 November 2005–
- Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), 1 January 2006–
- EUFOR RD Congo, 12 June 2006–30 November 2006
- Police Mission to Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan), 15 June 2007–
- Bridging Operation in Chad and the Central African Republic (EUFOR Tchad/RCA), 17 March 2008–15 March 2009
- European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia), October 2008–
- EU Naval Operation Atalanta, 5 November 2008–
- Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo), 9 December 2008–
- European Union Somalia Training Mission (EUTM Somalia), in Uganda, May 2010–
- European Union Regional Maritime Capacity Building for the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean (EUCAP NESTOR), 16 July 2012 –
- EUTM Mali, January 2013–
- European Union Aviation Security Mission in South Sudan (EUAVSEC SOUTH SUDAN), February 2013 – January 2014
- EUFOR RCA, April 2014–
Some orders of precedence are as follows:
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- "EUPOL Proxima/FYROM". EU Commons Security and Defence Policy. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
- "European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal Order". Statutory Instrument 2004-162. Department of Justice Canada. 2004-12-29. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "Medals of the Irish Defence Forces" (PDF). Irish Defence Forces. October 2010. p. 99. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- Barrio, Antonio Prieto (2011-06-05). "Spanish Ribbon Chart". Colecciones Militares. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "THE WEARING OF MEDALS IN NEW ZEALAND TABLE – A GUIDE TO THE CORRECT ORDER OF WEAR". New Zealand Defence Force. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- O’Loghlen, John (Spring 2017). "First award of CSDP Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service" (PDF). IMPETUS (23): 21. Retrieved 21 August 2017.