Central European Defence Cooperation

The Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) is a military collaboration consisting of the Central European states of Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. Poland has an observer status in this cooperative framework.

Central European Defence Cooperation

Map of Europe indicating the member countries of the Central European Defence Cooperation
Map of Europe indicating the member countries of the Central European Defence Cooperation
 Czech Republic
• Total
381,682 km2 (147,368 sq mi)
• Estimate

The joint objective is enhancing the defence co-operation, including the pooling and sharing of defence capabilities of the member countries and organizing common training and exercises.[1][2] Since the European migrant crisis of 2015-2016 the cooperation has focused on handling mass migration too.[3]

The CEDC was created in 2010. All members are also members of European Union and all except Austria are in NATO. The presidency rotates yearly.

The CEDC geo-political borders are more or less the same borders of the former Habsburg Monarchy, and its successors, the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary. Territory of participating states is 381,682 km2 while the territory of the Austrian Empire in 1804 was 698,700 km2.


Formation of the group started in late 2010, the first meeting of defence ministers took place on June 2012 in Frauenkirchen, Austria.[4]

From March 31 to April 1, 2016, a conference of defense ministers from the CEDC member states as well as those from Poland, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro took place in Vienna. The central theme was the European migrant crisis. Germany and Greece were also invited but did not participate.[5] A joint initiative was taken to secure the external border, a continued closure of the Balkan route and the implementation of settlement measures of migrants who had arrived previously.

On 19 June 2017 the six countries pledged in Prague closer cooperation on tackling illegal migration including the use of armed forces. Among the group’s goals is that all migrants who want to apply for asylum in any EU country must do so from out side the bloc.[6] Countries are working on the joint action plan, which will distribute tasks between member's armies, police forces and other organisations when common response is needed.[7]

In September 2017 the group organized a joint military exercise Cooperative Security 2017 (COOPSEC17) in Allentsteig, Austria focused on protecting border against mass illegal migration.[8]

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  1. ^ Ćosić, Mirko. "Central European Defence Cooperation SOF Conference opens in Split - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia". www.morh.hr. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Joint declaration of the ministers of defence of the Central European Defence Cooperation" (PDF).
  3. ^ Bence, Nemeth (2018). "Militarisation of cooperation against mass migration – the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC)". Defense & Security Analysis. 34: 16–34. doi:10.1080/14751798.2018.1421401.
  4. ^ Kurowska, Xymena; Nemeth, Bence (22 May 2013). "A playground in Central Europe: who plays what? - European Geostrategy" (PDF). European Geostrategy. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ Numanovic, Emir. "'Fortress Austria' and guarding the external EU borders | Europe | DW | 01.04.2016". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ "The Latest: 6 Central Europe nations vow unity on migration". AP News. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Středoevropské země připraví cvičení na ochranu hranic | ČeskéNoviny.cz". www.ceskenoviny.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Ministři zhlédli ukázky připravenosti na závěr cvičení v Rakousku". ČeskéNoviny.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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