Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann, the EUFOR Operation Commander, has given the green light for exercise Quick Response 2020. The decision has been made after visiting EUFOR at Butmir witnessing first-hand the preparations and safety measures generated to make the exercise as safe and effective as possible.

On 10-11 June 2020, Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann, the EU Operation Commander for Operation EUFOR Althea, visited Camp Butmir to gain first-hand situational awareness of the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be vital in informing the decision of whether to proceed with Exercise Quick Response 20. This visit comes ahead of the Final Coordination Conference next week.

On 2 June 2020, COMEUFOR, Major General Reinhard Trischak, wrote to thank the former BiH Minister of Security, Fahrudin Radončić, for his “close and friendly cooperation” during his period of service.

On 29 May 20, EUFOR reached an important milestone with the conclusion of the Main Planning Conference for this year’s annual Exercise Quick Response 20.

On 6 May 2020, two Italian military doctors arrived at Sarajevo International Airport by C-130 aircraft. They were met by the Italian Ambassador to BiH, H.E. Nicola Minasi, the BiH Minister of Civil Affairs, Ms. Ankica Gudeljević, and the Senior National Representative for the Italian contingent in EUFOR, Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Nazzi.

Speaking recently of EUFOR’s relationship with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH), its members and capabilities, Commander EUFOR, Major General Reinhard Trischak said: “I have met no more dedicated and professional soldiers and Officers than those within the AFBiH. ” EUFOR sees the AFBiH as a partner, enjoying a high level of mutual cooperation and support.

Last week, EUFOR conducted its largest series of tests to date, covering in excess of 500 people. Final results of the latest series were double checked and have shown that only one EUFOR member in theatre has tested positive. He is currently being treated with mild symptoms University Clinical Centre Sarajevo. Personnel who have been in close contact with the individual have been identified and are now in quarantine, until they receive clearance from medical personnel.

On 15 May 2020, in a Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, Brigadier General László Szabó relinquished his position of EUFOR Chief of Staff (COS) to his successor, Brigadier General Ernő Baráth, following the completion of a 13-month tour of duty.

0n 22-23 April 2020, EUFOR extends its preventative testing series for COVID-19 to include deployed elements around BiH. These tests are purely a preventive measure, to survey the health of EUFOR’s deployed elements and exclude any risk to local communities. There have been no indications that any deployed personnel have displayed symptoms at any time.