EUFOR’s Chief of Staff Brigadier General László Szabó and AFBiH Deputy Chief Joint Staff Operations, Major General Ivica Jerkic, signed the Training and Cooperation plan 2020 today. This demonstrates the intent of EUFOR and AFBiH to continue their long association and continually strive for improvement by training together across a wide range of scenarios.
The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) have made huge progress over the past years, and have achieved the high standards of knowledge and experience needed to organise individual training by themselves, or on a bilateral level with EUFOR.
In 2018 EUFOR’s Capacity Building and Training Division achieved its aim of a self-sustainable training system for AFBiH. Over the years more than 5000 soldiers of AFBiH have been trained, primarily in Peace Support Operations. The Capacity Building &Training Division programme has been a complete success and the AFBiH have moved from being a security consumer to being a respected and credible security provider.
The population of BiH recognise this change, and in recent nationwide surveys the AFBiH comes out as BiH’s most trusted organisation. In peace support missions in Iraq, the Congo and Afghanistan they have worked alongside international partners to achieve strategic effect.
Today EUFOR and the AFBiH have built upon their strong relationship and recommitted to continued close cooperation and combined training by signing this Training and Cooperation plan for 2020.