Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal

The Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal (named the European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal prior to 2009), 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.[4]

Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
Common obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by  European Union
TypeService Medal
EligibilityCivilian and military members of CSDP missions
Awarded forAt least 30 days of service for each mission
StatusCurrently awarded
MottoPro Pace Unum (Together For Peace)
Established1 January 2003[1]
First awarded2004
Next (higher)Varies by country
Next (lower)Varies by country

CSDP ALTHEA Operations medal ribbon bar

CSDP ALTHEA Staff medal ribbon bar[2]

CSDP EUTM Mali Medal for Extraordinary Meritorious Service[3]


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".[4] The 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
  • EUPOL Proxima in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 15 December 2003–14 December 2005[5]
  • EUFOR Althea, 2 December 2004–
  • Reform Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUSEC RD Congo), 8 June 2005–2016
  • 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 2007–31 December 2016
  • 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–
  • EU operations in Kosovo (including combined EU Election Observation Missions, European Commission and some early EULEX Kosovo awards), 9 December 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 – 2015
  • EUAM Ukraine, December 2014 – present
  • EUMAM RCA, March 2015 – July 2016
  • EU NAVFOR Med, operation to neutralise refugee smuggling routes in the Mediterranean, April 2015 – present
  • EUTM RCA, July 2016 –


Some orders of precedence are as follows:

Order of precedence[6]
International Force East Timor MedalPolar Medal
Order of seniority[7]
European Union Monitoring Mission MedalInternational Conference on the Former Yugoslavia Medal
Order of precedence[8]
Western European Union MedalUNAVEM Medal
New Zealand
Order of precedence[9]
NATO Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in AfghanistanNew Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste)
United Kingdom
Order of precedence[2]
Western European Union MedalCommonwealth realms orders and decorations

See also


  1. "European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal (ESDP)". National Defence and the Canadian Forces. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  2. "HONOURS AND AWARDS IN THE ARMED FORCES" (PDF). JSP 761. Ministry of Defence: 8A–10. May 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  3. "EU honours Czech soldier with highest award". Ministry of Defence & Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. McCreery, Christopher (2005). The Canadian honours system. The Dundurn Group. pp. 246–. ISBN 1-55002-554-6.
  5. "EUPOL Proxima/FYROM". EU Commons Security and Defence Policy. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  6. "European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal Order". Statutory Instrument 2004-162. Department of Justice Canada. 2004-12-29. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  7. "Medals of the Irish Defence Forces" (PDF). Irish Defence Forces. October 2010. p. 99. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  8. Barrio, Antonio Prieto (2011-06-05). "Spanish Ribbon Chart". Colecciones Militares. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  9. "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.
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