It is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It’s a day to on one hand remember the numerous victims of mines and on the another hand to raise the awareness that there is still an existing risk of mines and still challenging way ahead of us to meet the goals laid out in certain international conventions to achieve a mine free BiH.

The second conference to make BiH cluster ammunition free by September 2022 took place on 22nd March 2022 and had input from EUFOR, the Demining Commission, BHMAC, NPA and AFBiH.

COM EUFOR Major General Anton Wessely had the great pleasure to welcome the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mr. Josep Borrell to Camp Butmir.

 

On Monday 21st of March COM EUFOR Major General Anton Wessely presided over a ceremony to mark the change of command of the Multinational Battalion. The Command of the Multinational Battalion was handed over from Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Sanz to Lieutenant Colonel Lukas Lamtsch, both members of the Austrian contingent in EUFOR.

Today at EUFOR BiH HQ in Camp BUTMIR, a ceremony took place to mark the successful achievement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by approximately 500 troops of EUFOR’s Intermediate Reserve consisting of four companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia. This IOC ceremony marked the successful completion of two weeks of intensive preparation and training, so that these troops are now operationally ready to support EUFORS’s BiH security partners in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all citizens.

A ceremony marking the completion of the SAFE-UP (Security Upgrade of Ammunition and Weapons Storage Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina) project and signing of a contract between the OSCE Mission to BiH and the Ministry of Defense BiH on the donation of equipment from the SAFE-UP project was held in Sarajevo’s AFBiH Army Hall yesterday.

In light of the deteriorating security situation internationally and as a precautionary measure, the OP ALTHEA commander has accepted a voluntary national contribution from France to conduct fast-jet training flights over BiH over the coming weeks.