On Friday 9 May 2014, HNDGS Chief General Mikhail Kostarakos attended the winners award ceremony of the 2nd Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad, held at the Amphitheatre of the Hellenic Military Academy, where he delivered a speech in the context of the completion of the event.
The Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad was organised by HNDGS and lasted from 7 to 9 May 2014.
The 1st Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad, held in Cyprus from 3 to 5 October 2012, was attended by 11 countries and the winner was an Austrian candidate. Following the 1st Olympiad’s success, it was decided to hold the competition every two years.
The 2nd Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad was attended by 35 Military Academy students from 13 countries, who during the first cycle of the competition submitted papers on selected topics relating to Common Security and Defence Policy. During the final phase, hosted in Athens at the Military Academy premises, 29 students qualified from 10 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany).
The general structure of the CSDP Olympiad is as follows:
a. Paper writing on topics relating to the CSDP and internet training followed by a questionnaire fill-in.
b. Competition for cover page design inspired by CSDP and internet voting.
c. During the final phase :
(1) Presentation of the first 10 papers by score order, by their authors and declaration of the paper winner based on a net score.
(2) Knowledge Competition held in groups and declaration of the Knowledge Competition winner .
d. Award of the winners of each competition.
The awarded students, per category, are as follows:
a. Best Cover Winner, Manuel Kurbantfinski from Austria.
b. Best Paper Winner , Gonzalo Vallespin Terry from Spain.
c. Knowledge Competition Winner and 2nd Olympiad winner, Paolo Faneli from Italy.
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.