Bulgarian President Visits EUFOR

On 23 April 2015, Commander (COM) EUFOR, Major General Johann Luif, welcomed the Bulgarian President, His Excellency Rosen Plevneliev, to Camp Butmir. He was accompanied during his visit by the Bulgarian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina His Excellency Angel Angelov.
During an Office Call with Major General Johann Luif, they spoke about EUFOR’s mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Capacity Building and Training programme for the Armed Forces of BiH. COM EUFOR took the opportunity to thank the President for the continued support of the Bulgarian Armed Forces and also praised the professionalism of the troops serving in the mission.

Head of the European Union Command Element visits EUFOR and NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo

On 25 March, Lieutenant General Leonardo di Marco, Italian Army, Head of the European Union Command Element (EUCE) at the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples (JFC Naples) visited the two Headquarters in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. The focus of his visit was on Capacity Building and Training in support of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence, and on receiving an update on the current and future cooperation between EUFOR and NATO.

Gender Conference held by EUFOR to mark International Women’s Day

EUFOR today held a conference entitled ‘Efficient Security Sectors include women at all levels’, in the Army Hall, Sarajevo. The conference was opened by COM EUFOR Major General Johann Luif and Mr. Alexander CUPLYGIN, Acting Head of Mission of the OSCE. The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms. Ulrike Lunacek, honoured the initiative for this event by sending a video message with her best greetings and her conviction on that subject.

HR/VP Federica Mogherini visits EUFOR Headquarters

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, visited EUFOR headquarters at Camp Butmir, today as part of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini was welcomed by a guard of honour at the EUFOR headquarters before attending a brief on EUFOR’s mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina given by Major General Johann Luif, Commander EUFOR. The Senior National Representatives of all 22 Troop Contributing Nations were also in attendance.

Commemoration Ceremony at Camp Butmir of the Helicopter Crash of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

COM EUFOR, Major General Johann Luif, the Charge d’Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Embassy, Mr Dimitar Mitrevsky and EUFOR Senior National Representatives (SNR) gathered on 12 January 2015 at Monument Park in Camp Butmir to commemorate the death of 11 people from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in a helicopter crash 7 years ago.

COM EUFOR gives farewell statement at EU Info Centre

Major General Dieter Heidecker after visiting the Charge d’Affaires, Dr Renzo Daviddi gave a farewell press statement summarising his 2 years of duty. COM EUFOR used the opportunity to highlight the most important achievements of his tenure, looking at EUFOR’s executive mandate of supporting the efforts of the BiH’s authorities to maintain a safe and secure environment and also the non-executive mandate of providing capacity building and training support to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH).

EUFOR Change of Command

Major General Dieter Heidecker today completed his two year tenure as the Commander of EUFOR. The Operation Commander, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw handed over the command of EUFOR to Major General Johann Luif at the ceremony in Camp Butmir today.
General Luif joins EUFOR from Austria where he was the Commander of the Military District of Burgenland. Before that he had been Deputy Commander of Kosovo Forces in 2011/12.

COM EUFOR says farewell at EU Heads of Missions Meeting

Major General Dieter Heidecker attended his final Heads of Missions Meeting as Commander EUFOR today. He summarised his 2 years of duty, thanking all the members for their co-operation.
The Heads of Missions held a regular meeting today (9 December 2014) of which COM EUFOR is a permanent committee member. The Heads of Missions comprises of the heads of the EU Special Representative, EU delegation and European Embassies who meet bi-weekly.

Signing of AFBiH-EUFOR 2015 Capacity Building and Training Activities

The final version of the 2015 Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) Activities was signed on 15 December 2014, in Joint Staff Sarajevo by Major General Mirko Tepšić, the Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff for Operations and Brigadier András Szűcs, Chief of Staff EUFOR. 

The AFBiH-EUFOR CB&T Activities 2015 consists of a detailed list of all training courses, the Project List for the period of 2015-2018 and the 2015 Training Calendar. The document has been developed, as in previous years, in close cooperation with the Armed Forces of BiH.

EUFOR holds medal parade at Camp Butmir

A medal parade was held today at EUFOR Headquarters in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. Commander EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, presented the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal Althea to over 150 soldiers from 7 different nations and thanked them for their dedicated service in and for Bosnia and Herzegovina.