EUFOR support to the BiH Mine Action Strategy

BiH still has one of the most severe land mine problems in the world. This affects the economy and development of the country in many ways but especially with tourism. EUFOR is often seen as being responsible for the mine clearance in this country, but it is not. The responsibility is with the BiH authorities.
At state level, the BiH Demining Law regulates the Demining Commission, the central body responsible for the removal of mine risk in BiH within the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and its technical body is the BiH Mine Action Center (BHMAC).

International Mine Action Day and EUFOR Mine Risk Education

Today, 4 April, is International Mine Action Day and this is especially important for BiH. It is estimated that there are still around 120,000 mines spread across 9,400 locations in BiH and this is a threat to 540,000 citizens or 15% of the population.

Chief of Hungarian Defence Visits EUFOR

On 29 and 30 Mar 2014, the Hungarian Chief of Defence, General Tibor Benkő, visited EUFOR at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
During the visit, General Benkő met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, and the Commander of NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Merle Hart, and visited the 160 strong Hungarian contingent currently serving with EUFOR in Operation Althea.

Gender Conference - Gender in the defence sector of BiH

On 10th March 2014, EUFOR conducted a conference titled ‘Gender in the Defence Sector’ in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. The aim of the conference, opened by EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General András Szücs, was to discuss experiences in gender issues. In 2012, the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH) started to appoint “Gender Focal Points”, and in 2013 they developed and introduced the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) throughout the AF BiH structure. Gender Focal Points are persons in the AF BiH who advise commanders and others to assure that all soldiers are treated in the same way, regardless of their sex.

EUFOR Chief of Staff Handover Takeover Ceremony

On 25 Feb 14, the EUFOR Chief of Staff Handover Takeover Ceremony took place at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, where Brigadier General József Szpisják handed over the EUFOR Chief of Staff Role to Brigadier General András Szűcs, both of whom serve with the Hungarian Army.

Operation Commander Farewell Parade

On the 18 February 2014, at EUFOR Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, a Farewell Parade was held for the ‘4 star’ EUFOR Althea Operation Commander, General Sir Richard Shirreff. Attendees included the incoming Operation Commander, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw and the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker.

General Patrick De Rousiers visits EUFOR

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), General Patrick de Rousiers, is visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and HQ EUFOR Althea between 27th and 28th January 2014. General de Rousiers chairs the EU Military Committee (EUMC), which is the highest military committee within the European Council, and responsible for providing the Political and Security Committee (PSC) with advice and recommendations on all military matters affecting the EU.

Bilateral Support Cooperation Forum

On 3 February 2014, a Bilateral Support Cooperation Forum was held in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo for stakeholders involved with building the capacity of the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). The purpose of the forum was for these stakeholders to share best practice, to increase cooperation and communication with each other and to support each other in their capacity building activities for AF BiH. The forum was initiated by the Defence Attachés (DAs) of nations supporting AF BiH and was hosted by EUFOR. Attendees included Defence Attachés (DAs) from supporting nations, personnel from EUFOR and NATO HQ Sarajevo (NHQ Sa) and members of AF BiH.

Remembrance of the Helicopter Crash of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

On 12 January 2014, the State Secretary of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Defence, Mr Sasho Stefanovski, visited Monument Park in Camp Butmir to remember the 6th anniversary of the helicopter crash, where 11 members of the Macedonian contingent of EUFOR died. EUFOR formed a Guard of Honour to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.
Mr Sasho also attended an office call with Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, and visited the Camp Butmir Medical Centre, which is staffed by Macedonian Armed Forces personnel.