Commander EUFOR Change of Command

Major General Johann Luif today completed his 15-month tenure as Commander EUFOR. The EU Special Representative, Ambassador Wigemark assisted in handing over Command of EUFOR to Major General Friedrich Schrötter at the ceremony in Camp Butmir today.

Irish Ambassador Visits Headquarters EUFOR

On 25 February 2016, the Irish Ambassador, Mr. Seán O Regan visited Headquarters EUFOR in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. During an office call with Commander EUFOR, Major General Johann Luif, the Ambassador was thanked for Ireland’s continuing support to the EUFOR Mission.

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.

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.

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.\

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.

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.