CSDP and the Open Method of Coordination: Developing the EU’s Comprehensive Approach to Security

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Title of host publicationBelgrade Security Network, Serbia
DatePublished - 11 Oct 2017
Original languageEnglish


How can we best describe the operation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and how can we improve policy-making in CSDP? The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) is predicated on the conviction that there are clear limits to the extent that European Union (EU) foreign and security policy can be strengthened through the restricting tendencies of intergovernmental cooperation between EU member states. Rather, what is required are practical instruments that are ready to provide value-added to the process of crisis management, including more appropriate levels of coordination at the national organizational level in order to more effectively facilitate the EU’s comprehensive approach to conflict prevention and crisis management. The requirement for new and "open" types of EU foreign and security policy coordination is underlined by the immense differences between EU member states in external policy, both concerning national crisis management structures and the resulting inefficient segmentation of policy at the EU level. Segmentation of external action policy attenuates the EU’s comprehensive approach and OMC is a solution to overcoming the crisis of intergovernmental governance in CSDP.

    Research areas

  • Open Merthod of Coordination, security, CSDP, crisis management, policy making

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