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Security Policy

 

The Security Policy is based on a set of key national objectives and tools that safeguard the Czech Republic’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and preservation of all constituent elements of the democratic rule of law, functioning of democratic institutions, economic and social development of the state, protection of the lives, health and property of its citizens, protection of cultural assets, the environment and compliance with international security commitments.
 

The national security policy is comprised of five basic areas:

  • foreign policy
  • defence policy
  • internal security policy
  • economic security policy
  • national security awareness policy

The Security Strategy of the Czech Republic is a fundamental document which defines security threats, approaches and measures for dealing with these threats. The updated 2015 Security Strategy of the Czech Republic, adopted by Government Resolution No. 79 of 4 February 2015, builds on the previous 2011 Czech Republic’s Security Strategy. The 2011 Security Strategy was adopted in response to the worsening global security situation that has a significant impact on the Euro-Atlantic area and places increasing demands on NATO, the EU and their members who are required to respond effectively to new security threats and challenges. The 2015 Security Strategy is structured along the lines of the previous document and retains its definition of basic principles and security interests. The analysis of the security situation has been updated in the light of the latest developments. A new element in the 2015 Security Strategy is the identification of the threats and trends affecting the security interests of the Czech Republic, and an overview of measures to prevent them. The Strategy reflects the growing demands on the readiness of the Czech Republic and other NATO and EU members to respond to the new security environment, and places an increased emphasis on our commitments towards our allies. The issue of internal security is given more importance than ever before.

The Security Strategy of the Czech Republic divides the security interests according to their importance into three categories: vital, strategic, and other important interests.

Vital interests comprise the safeguarding of the Czech Republic’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence, and the preservation of all constituent elements of the democratic rule of law, including the guaranteeing and protection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the population.

The Czech Republic’s strategic interests include namely security and stability, especially in the Euro-Atlantic area, preventing and managing local and regional conflicts and mitigating their impacts, maintaining the UN’s global stabilising role and increasing its efficiency,  strengthening the cohesion and efficiency of NATO and the EU and retaining a functional and credible transatlantic link, safeguarding internal security and protecting the population, safeguarding the Czech Republic’s cyber security and defence, etc. It is also part of the action to ensure the Czech Republic’s social development and prosperity.

Promotion of other important interests helps safeguard vital and strategic interests and strengthen society’s resilience to security threats. Other important interests include namely:  reducing crime, with an emphasis on economic crime, organised crime, information crime and the fight against corruption, reinforcing the Czech Republic’s counter-intelligence and defence intelligence, fostering a tolerant civil society, suppressing extremism and its causes, making government institutions more efficient and more professional.

Czech Republic and NATO

The Czech Republic remains a trusted and reliable ally in times when Europe is faced by major security challenges. more ►

Czech Republic and the EU Common Security and Defence Policy

The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is a specific part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). It is based on a comprehensive development of both civilian and… more ►

Czech Republic and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe was originally founded by signing the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and it is the largest regional security platform in the world. more ►

Foreign Security Policy Coordination Committee (FSPCC)

The Committee is responsible for the national coordination of foreign security policy, with an emphasis on the Czech Republic’s international status and on relations with international… more ►

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