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EU Defence Ministers acknowledge EUFOR’s continued military support towards a secure BiH
On Tuesday 8 November 2016 the Central European Defence Co-operation (CEDC), consisting of nations from; Czech Republic , Slovakia , Hungary , Austria , Slovenia and Croatia were welcomed by Commander EUFOR (COMEUFOR) Major General Friedrich Schrötter. Upon arrival they were met by their respective EUFOR Senior National Representatives before an honour guard from the Multi-National Battalion (MNBN) consisting of Austrian and Turkish Soldiers.

After the EU anthem was played there was a photo call before the Ministers and their security policy directors attended a brief of the EUFOR Althea mission by COMEUFOR. The other delegates were given an insight to the roles their contributing armed forces deliver to the EUFOR Althea Mission by displays from their respective troops. The visit provided an opportunity for the delegates to witness first-hand the activities their soldiers conduct on a regular basis.

EUFOR Spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Harwood said, “The important work of these soldiers is essential to the maintenance of a safe and secure environment in BiH. EUFOR will also continue to provide capability building and training to AFBiH as part of their wider EU integration and admission.”

Commander EUFOR and Austrian Defence Minister Hans Doskozil

Commander EUFOR and Austrian Defence Minister Hans Doskozil. Photo: WO Stephan Weiss

COMEUFOR said, “I welcome this important visit of the Central European Defence Co-operation to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a good chance for the ministers to witness first hand contributing nation’s armed forces in the security of this region as EUFOR co-operates towards the future European Union integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

The Central European Defence Cooperation is collaboration between the Central European countries Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. The CEDC was founded in 2010. Poland has observer status

Spokesperson: Lt Cdr C. Harwood RN
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