Visit to Headquarters European Union Force by Commander of Turkish Land Forces

On 4 February 2016, Commander European Union Force (COM EUFOR), Major General Johann Luif welcomed Commander of Turkish Land Forces, General Salih Zeki Çolak who was on an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and to the Headquarters of EUFOR in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.

Commander of Turkish Land Forces was met on arrival at HQ EUFOR by a Guard of Honour from EUFOR’s Turkish soldiers serving in the Multinational Battalion (MNBN). During an Office Call the Generals discussed the overall security situation in BiH and the wider region; EUFOR’s ongoing Mission objectives; and more specifically recent EUFOR Capability Building and Training (CB&T) activities in support of the Armed Forces of BiH. General Luif thanked General Çolak for Turkey’s continued high level of cooperation in the field of Peace Support Operations in BiH, and the important contribution of Turkish troops and capability to the EUFOR Mission Operation ALTHEA.

Commemoration Ceremony held at Camp Butmir

COM EUFOR Major General Johann Luif, Representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Embassy Mr Aleksandar Krstevski, and the EUFOR Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s Senior National Representatives Major Igor Nikchevski, gathered on 12 January 2016 at Monument Park in Camp Butmir to commemorate the death of 11 people from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in a helicopter crash 8 years ago.

Exercise Quick Response 15 Distinguished Visitors Day

On the 20th of October in Mika Bosnic Barracks in Manjaca, EUFOR and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovnia (AFBiH) held a Distinguished Visitors Day during Exercise Quick Response 15. The event was attended by Dr. Emir Suljagić Deputy Minister of Defence for Policy and Planning and Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč Chief of the Joint Staff of the AFBiH, alongside Commander EUFOR Major General Johann Luif.

Austrian Minister of Defence and Sport visits EUFOR Camp Butmir

On the 10th of September the Austrian Minister of Defence and Sport Mr Gerald Klug together with the Governor of Burgenland Mr Hans Niessl visited EUFOR Camp Butmir. He received an honor guard as he was greeted by COM EUFOR Major General Johann Luif. Mr Klug has held the position since 2013.

Slovenian Minister of Defence Visits EUFOR

On 19 June 2015, Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Johann Luif, hosted the Minister of Defence of Slovenia, Mrs Andreja Katič during her visit to EUFOR.
In a meeting after she was welcomed with an Honour Guard at Camp Butmir, Mrs Katič spoke with Major General Luif about EUFOR’s mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Capacity Building and Training programme for the Armed Forces of BiH.

EUFOR Operation Commander discusses Exercise Quick Response 15

EUFOR’s Operation Commander, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, yesterday held a press conference discussing Exercise Quick Response 2015. In the event held at the Hotel Europe in Sarajevo, General Bradshaw detailed the purpose of the exercise and the location.\

European Parliament Rapporteur visits COM EUFOR

On the 18th June 2015, Dr. Cristian Preda, European Parliament Rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), met with Commander of the European Union Force (EUFOR) in BiH, Major General Johann Luif.

HRH The Princess Royal visits EUFOR

On 10 July 2015, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited European Forces (EUFOR) personnel based in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
Commander EUFOR Major General Johann Luif greeted The Princess Royal with an Honour Guard, alongside NATO and UK representatives. The Princess then spoke with Major General Luif and Commander NATO Brigadier General Giselle Wilz about the role of EUFOR and NATO within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

NATO/EUFOR weigh claims carefully and thoroughly

NATO and EUFOR are responsible employers. According to the information at our disposal, the individuals that are gathering in front of Camp Butmir today are former employees of Troop Contributing Nations. It is important to state that every one of these claimants is given due process, and they are not protesting dissatisfaction with the results of the hearings; they’re asking that their cases be expedited.