EUFOR launches annual military exercise in BiH

The European Union Force Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR) launched its annual Quick Response military exercise at the Butmir military camp near BiH capital Sarajevo, EUFOR said in a press release on Sunday.

EUFOR reserve troops that have arrived from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and Romania, will be deployed to multiple locations across BiH for the duration of the exercise, which is due to end on Sept. 5.

According to EUFOR, every soldier entering the country has followed strict quarantine and COVID-19 testing regulations in accordance with international, BiH, and EUFOR rules.

“The preparation has been conducted in close cooperation with the Armed Forces of BiH (AFBiH), the law enforcement agencies and the respective ministries and without this cooperation, the exercise would not be possible,” EUFOR Commander Major General Reinhard Trischak said at the opening ceremony.

EUFOR’s Quick Response annual exercise tests EUFOR’s capability to call up and deploy over-the-horizon reserve forces held at high readiness by the contributing nations and regions.

The goal of the EUFOR’s operations in BiH is to help maintain a safe and secure environment, according to the press release.