HISTORY


The 1st CSDP OLYMPIAD was organised in the context of Cyprus contribution to the European Initiative for the Exchange of Young Officers Inspired by Erasmus Program. The main goal of the CSDP OLYMPIAD was to acquaint the cadets with the basic knowledge on CSDP providing them with the incentive to study accordingly, in order to write a paper on CSDP, and to compete with cadets of other Member States in a CSDP knowledge Competition.

The 1st CSDP Olympiad was held in Cyprus from 3rd to 5th October 2012. It was attended by 11 countries. Following the 1st Olympiad's success, it was decided to hold the competition every two years.

The awarded students, per category, are as follows:
 
a)  The Single Competition Winner and 1st CSDP Olympiad Winner – Thomas Van Hoecke (The Belgian
       Military Academy),
b)  Best Paper Winner – Andrea Patrignani (Scuola di Applicazione e Istituto Studi Militari dell Esercito, Italy),
c)  Best Cover Winner – Stefan Haubner & Martin Engleitner (The Theresan Military Academy, Austria).


The 2nd CSDP OLYMPIAD was attended by 35 Military Academy students from 13 countries, who during the first cycle of the competition submitted papers on selected topics related to Common Security and Defence Policy. During the final phase, hosted in Athens (Greece) at the Military Academy premises, 29 students qualified from 11 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany). The CSDP Olympiad was organised by Hellenic National Defence General Staff and lasted from 7th to 9th May 2014.

The awarded students, per category, were as follows:
 
a)  The Single Competition Winner and 2nd Olympiad winner - Paolo Faneli (Italy),
b)  Best Paper Winner - Gonzalo Vallespin Terry (Spain),
c)  Best Cover Winner - Manuel Kurbantfinski (Austria).

The aforementioned Olympiad is part of the official educational activities covered by the European Security and Defence College, in the context of the Military Erasmus program.
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