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Committee for Foreign Security Policy Co-ordination

 

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Introductory Information:

The Committee for Foreign Security Policy Co-ordination was established by Governmental Provision No.32 as of 11th January 1999 as a permanent body of the National Security Council for national co-ordination of foreign security policy.

The Committee ensures the co-ordination of planning and preparational measures in the area of foreign security policy, evaluates, and negotiates on, the acceptability of plans for involving the Czech Republic in into the international operations for the restoration and maintenance of peace and into international humanitarian organizations from the point of view of foreign policy. Its main spheres of activities include the co-ordination of national activities of the ministries and those of other authorities of the state administration when carrying out the tasks and commitments connected to the Czech Republic´s membership in international security organizations (UN, NATO, OSCE, WEU), as well as the issues connected to regional security, such as the evaluation of given risks from the point of view of their possible impact on the security and interests of the Czech Republic.

The first negotiation of the Committee, with the participation of members of the Committee and representatives of intelligence services (e.g. the Czech Security Information Service) took place on 25th March 1999. This negotiation approved Organizational Regulations of the Committee and methodology of the national co-ordination of foreign security policy. The second negotiation of the Committee, presenting the information concerning topical issues related to the Czech Republic´s membership in NATO, took place on 24th May 1999.

For the implementation of the main tasks, the Committee has established two sub-committees:

  • Sub-committee for regional crises, whose main task consists in preparing proposals for the procedures

    (elaboration of materials and consequent discussion) in the area of foreign security policy in the case of risky situations, i.e. in the case of regional crises that do not directly threaten the security of the Czech Republic, or in the areas of unstability that can turn into foci of regional crises. The Sub-committee evaluates and discusses the acceptability of the proposals for the possible involvement of the Czech Republic into the international operations for the restoration and maintenance of peace and into international humanitarian organizations from the point of view of foreign policy. The first negotiation of the Sub-committee, presided by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place on 25th March 1999 in connection with the escalation of the crisis in Kosovo. In connection with further development of the crisis in this area, an expert working group for humanitarian help was created within the framework of the Sub-committee. The role of the Sub-committee was especially important in 1999 during the crisis in Kosovo, when it was convoked 15 times altogether - for last time on 5th October 1999, when it evaluated the experience from the crisis in Kosovo. In 2000 the activity of the Sub-committee was eliminated.

  • Sub-committee for the cooperation with international security organizations

    (UN, NATO, OSCE, WEU), whose main task is to co-ordinate national activities of the ministries and other central bodies of the state administration when carrying out the tasks and commitments related to the Czech Republic´s membership in international security organizations.

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