Austria and European Security: Extended Mandate for EU Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

PeopleOther ♦ Published: November 9, 2022; 16:26 ♦ (Vindobona)

The UN Security Council has renewed the mandate of the EU-led stabilization mission EUFOR Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Austria currently provides 167 soldiers and Major General Anton Wessely an Austrian is in command of the EUFOR force in Bosnia. In recent months, however, Moscow has expressed reservations about the EU mission.

Interethnic tensions in Bosnia are causing a stir in the international community. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons; Julian Nyča, CC BY-SA 3.0

The task of the EU mission, which has been in existence since 2004, is to monitor compliance with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the Bosnian civil war. Previously, compliance with the agreement had been monitored by a NATO-led mission.

A total of around 2,000 soldiers from more than 20 countries are involved in the mission. Austria is currently providing 167…