Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal

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Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
CSDP medal obv and rev.png
Common obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by  European Union
Type Military Service Medal
Eligibility Civilian and military members of CSDP missions
Awarded for At least 30 days of service for each mission
Status Currently awarded
Motto Pro Pace Unum (Together For Peace)
Statistics
Established 1 January 2003[1]
First awarded 2004
Precedence
Next (higher) Varies by country
Next (lower) Varies by country
ESDP Medal ALTHEA ribbon bar.png
CSDP ALTHEA Operations medal ribbon bar
CSDP support ribbon ALTHEA.svg
CSDP ALTHEA Staff medal ribbon bar[2]

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.[3]

Appearance[edit]

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".[3] 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 claps[edit]

Precedence[edit]

Some orders of precedence are as follows:

Country Preceding Following
Canada Canada
Order of precedence[5]
International Force East Timor Medal 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
Republic of Ireland Ireland
Order of seniority[6]
European Union Monitor Mission Medal International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia Medal
Spain Spain
Order of precedence[7]
Western European Union Medal UNAVEM Medal
New Zealand New Zealand
Order of precedence[8]
NATO Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of precedence[2]
Western European Union Medal Commonwealth realms orders and decorations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal (ESDP)". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b "HONOURS AND AWARDS IN THE ARMED FORCES" (PDF). JSP 761 (Ministry of Defence): 8A–10. May 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b McCreery, Christopher (2005). The Canadian honours system. The Dundurn Group. pp. 246–. ISBN 1-55002-554-6. 
  4. ^ "EUPOL Proxima/FYROM". EU Commons Security and Defence Policy. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ "European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal Order". Statutory Instrument 2004-162. Department of Justice Canada. 2004-12-29. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  6. ^ "Medals of the Irish Defence Forces" (PDF). Irish Defence Forces. October 2010. p. 99. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Barrio, Antonio Prieto (2011-06-05). "Spanish Ribbon Chart". Colecciones Militares. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  8. ^ "THE WEARING OF MEDALS IN NEW ZEALAND TABLE – A GUIDE TO THE CORRECT ORDER OF WEAR". New Zealand Defence Force. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-05.