EUFOR Operation Commander Visits Mission in BiH

From the 2nd to the 4th of May the EUFOR Operation Commander General Sir James Everard visited Bosnia and Herzegovina to see various elements of the EUFOR mission in the country. This was his second visit as the Operation Commander to this theatre, his first being when he took over the role with a ceremony in Camp Butmir at the end of March this year.

New Chief of Staff EUFOR

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, Brigadier General József Szpisják assumed the position of Chief of Staff of the European Union Force (EUFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He took over from outgoing Chief of Staff Brigadier General Albert Sáfár.

EUFOR Change of Command Ceremony 28th March

Major General Anton Waldner Assumes Position of Commander EUFOR in BiH

COMEUFOR: “I assure the population, the politicians and the international Organisations that EUFOR will remain a dependable, flexible and supportive partner”

Commander EUFOR Hosts Press Conference in Sarajevo

COMEUFOR: “EUFOR’s support demonstrates the European Union’s commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina on its journey to European Union accession.”

On 24th March 2017 Commander EUFOR, Major General Friedrich Schrötter, hosted a press conference in Hotel Europe, Sarajevo, focussing on the achievements and challenges of EUFOR in BiH. He hands over Command of EUFOR Operation Althea in a ceremony on Tuesday 28th March and in his statement he highlighted his main successes and difficulties over the last 12 months.

COMEUFOR gets support for BiH from the EU

A Successful Visit to Brussels for BiH: EU Political and Military Committees re-state their support to the capacity building of the Armed Forces of BiH and confidence in their ability to maintain a safe and secure environment.

European Union Leaders in BiH Meet at EUFOR HQ

COMEUFOR and EUSR Highlight the Importance of Mutual Support in the European Union Community

On the 7th March 2017 members of the international diplomatic community in BiH were invited to EUFOR HQ, Sarajevo by Commander EUFOR, Major General Friedrich Schrötter for a Heads of Mission (HoMs) meeting. The HoMs meeting is a gathering of representatives from European Union countries and headed by the European Union Special Representative in BiH, His Excellency Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.

Remembrance Ceremony on Anniversary of EUFOR Helicopter Crash

Remembrance Ceremony for 11 EUFOR Soldiers
On 12 January 2017 EUFOR military and civilian personnel gathered at Monument Park in Camp Butmir to commemorate the deaths of 11 servicemen from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia who were killed in a helicopter accident on the same day in 2008. The Charge d’Affaires from the Macedonian Embassy, Mr Aleksandar Krstevski; Chief of Staff EUFOR, Brigadier General Albert Sáfár; and Commander NATO, Brigadier General Giselle Wilz attended this ceremony of remembrance.

COMEUFOR Oversees Inspection of Ammunition Facility

On 16 February 2017 COMEUFOR, Major General Friedrich Schrötter, together with the EUFOR Joint Military Affairs (JMA) Inspection Team visited the Igman ammunition manufacturing company in Konjic. The purpose of the visit was for EUFOR to familiarize themselves with Igman production and monitor the inspection of the manufacturing facility by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations (MoFTER) Inspectorate.

President of the Slovak Republic Visits HQ EUFOR

​On 20 December 2016 the President of the Slovak Republic, Mr Andrej Kiska, visited the Headquarters of the European Union Force (HQ EUFOR) in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. He was joined by the Slovakian Minister for Defence, Peter Gajdoš; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Milan Maxim; and the Ambassador to BiH, Jan Pšenica.

Chairman of the EU Military Committee Visits BiH

“The EU Military Committee believes that EUFOR is essential in sustaining a safe and secure environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

On the 30th and 31st of January the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), General Mikhail Kostarakos, paid a visit to key personnel and institutions relating to Operation Althea in Sarajevo. He was accompanied by Lieutenant General Günter Höfler, the EU Austrian Military Representative; Rear Admiral Gluszko Waldemar, the Deputy Director General of EU Military Staff; and Brigadier General Arnaud Ladrange, the EU Deputy French Military Representative.

EUFOR Commends the Professionalism of the BiH Armed Forces

Commander EUFOR, Major General Friedrich Schrötter, formally handed over the report from Exercise QUICK RESPONSE to the Minister of Defence BiH, Marina Pendeš, and Chief of the Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč at the Ministry of Defence Building in Sarajevo today. The report contains a summary of the exercise as well as lessons learned from the EUFOR perspective with the aim of ensuring continued improvement in successive multi-national operations.