Slovakia chairs OSCE and CEDC from January 2019

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The MOD has outlined the priorities of the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship in the politico-military area, with a particular focus on supporting military cooperation and strengthening confidence and security building measures (CSBMs), as well as tension reduction and conflict prevention. The MOD will organise events to promote Europeʼs security architecture and follow through with action to modernise the Vienna Document 2011 and armaments control.
 
In its role as the OSCE Chairmanship country, Slovakia will also continue with the Structural Dialogue on current and future challenges and risks to security in the OSCE area. The aim of its efforts is to promote a wider understanding of current challenges and risks in the politico-military area, one that may lead to achieving greater predictability of the security environment, de-escalating tensions, and reducing the threats and risks that are impacting on our common security environment.
 
In addition to holding the OSCE Chairmanship, the Slovak Republic has also held the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) Chairmanship since the beginning of January 2019. During the year-long Slovak CEDC Chairmanship, the MOD will press for its priorities. These cover ongoing projects as well as new regional initiatives for CEDC armed forces.
 
Successful examples of CEDC cooperation so far include the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project in the field of CBRN led by Austria and a joint international exercise to contain potential migration waves on the EUʼs external border. The CEDC countries also stand united in supporting the integration efforts of the Western Balkan countries.
 
The Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) was established in 2010, with Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia as member states and Poland as an observer.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: OSCE - Date: 02.01.2019
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