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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New head of EUCE visits BiH for update on EUFOR’s continued co-operation

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 November 2016 Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, head of the EU Command Element, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, visited EUFOR in Camp BUTMIR. Upon arrival the General was welcomed by Commander EUFOR (COMEUFOR) Major General Friedrich Schrötter. COMEUFOR introduced the General to the EUFOR Senior Staff Officers after inspecting an honour guard from the Multi-National Battalion (MNBN) consisting of Austrian Soldiers.

14th Strategic Committee for Weapons, Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance

AWE Masterplan moves forward with the inclusion of surplus weapons for a Safe and Secure BiH

The 14th session of the Strategic Committee for Ammunition, Weapons and Explosives (AWE) was hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Sarajevo on Monday, December 5, 2016 in order to discuss the Masterplan aimed at solving the issue of surplus weapons, ammunition and explosives in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EUFOR members remember the fallen

​A multinational ceremony of remembrance was held today at EUFOR Headquarters to commemorate the fallen men and women of all nations. This year marks the battle of the Somme Centenary, the Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

EUFOR: Extension of weapons destruction plan

EUFOR and OSCE host “WEAPON WORKSHOP” – fate of 60,000 small arms weapons to be decided

Wednesday 30 November to Thursday 1 December saw a “WEAPON WORKSHOP” which took place in Hotel Sarajevo. Jointly hosted by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and EUFOR, the aim was to extend the current master plan regarding weapons disposal. The event was attended by representatives from OSCE, EUFOR, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NATO HQ Sa European Union and delegates from the USA, UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Visit to EUFOR by Central European Defence Co-operation (CEDC)

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.