UDC 355.02(497.11)(4-672EU)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 21 (2022)
Vol. 21, No 77-78, pp. 365-388
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_ez.2022.21.77_78.22

Оriginal article
Received: 16 Mar 2022
Accepted: 28 Mar 2022

THE PLACE AND ROLE OF THE SERBIAN ARMY IN THE COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

BERIŠA Hatidža (Школа националне одбране, Београд), berisa.hatidza@gmail.com

The subject analysis starts from the assumption that the Republic of Serbia, in accordance with its foreign policy priorities, has shown readiness to build the capacities and capabilities of the national security system in accordance with the standards and obligations arising from the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In this context, the analysis provides appropriate conclusions according to which the signing of the necessary international agreements and the adoption of key laws has established the appropriate legal framework necessary for the active participation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia (MoD) and the Serbian Army in the CSDP. Having in mind Serbia\'s strategic commitments in the field of defence, the participation of the MoD and the Armed Forces in the CSDP is of multiple benefits because it builds regional trust, increases the degree of interoperability, and exchanges experience with the armed forces of foreign countries. At the same time, this participation brings with it certain challenges that may hinder the more active role of the MoD and the Armed Forces in the coming period. Having in mind that Serbia has defined its priorities for participation in the CSDP, the subject analysis considers the possibilities for improving the administrative capacities necessary for participation in the work of the CSDP bodies, as well as the possibilities for participation in EU crisis management operations and missions. The paper also discusses the possibilities of engaging our military capacities within the EU battle groups, participating in projects and programmes of the European Defence Agency and acting in negotiating groups within the process of accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU.

Keywords: Common Security and Defence Policy, European Union, Serbia