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CSDP Framework Agreement with Bosnia and Macedonia (Fyrom)

(BRUSSELS2) Two new countries will come to join the small club of third countries, having signed a framework agreement for participation in European Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) missions. The 27 today (March 9) authorized the signing of such an agreement with two Balkan countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia (Fyrom). After Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, almost all the states in the region have signed such an agreement, countries that have often hosted ESDP missions, or still host them. In fact, only Kosovo is missing.

Chain of command

The content of this agreement is quite similar to the others. For civilian missions, personnel from each State are integrated into the chain of command. " Seconded staff shall perform its duties and regulate its conduct solely with the interests of the EU civilian crisis management operation in mind. All personnel remain fully under the command of their national authorities. National authorities transfer operational control to? the European Union. Same principle for military operations, but with a nuance however. " All participating forces and personnel a? the military crisis management operation led by the EU remain entirely under the command of their national authorities. National authorities transfer operational and tactical command and/or control of their forces and personnel to the EU Operation Commander, who is empowered to do so. To? delegate authority. » Each of these countries remains free, or not, to propose a contribution.

Funding and contribution

The financing and liability rules are those usually used in this type of agreement. Thus, the country assumes all related costs his participation has the operation, a? with the exception of operating costs, as provided for in the operation's operating budget" (for civilian operations). He " assumes all related costs his participation has the operation, a? unless the costs are subject to common funding (for military operations). And it normally contributes to the common costs, a contribution from which it can be exempted if its contribution in terms of men and/or equipment is considered significant or if it does not have the means (GNI per inhabitant not exceeding any of the other Member States).

Download the framework agreement (with Fyrom) in the B2 Docs

Read also: The CSDP framework agreements concluded by the EU with third countries?

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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