Romania has expanded the contribution to the EUFOR Althea mission through the participation, starting Monday, of a detachment of 30 servicemen from the Romanati 22nd Infantry Battalion of Caracal, which is subordinated to the Southeast Multinational Brigade headquartered in Craiova, the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) informed in a release sent to AGERPRES.
According to the quoted source, the infantrymen from Oltenia will join the 39 servicemen currently serving mainly in general staff activities within the command structures of the EUFOR Althea mission deployed to Camp Butmir, Sarajevo.
MApN shows that the maneuver platoon is outfitted with armored vehicles - Piranha III C, is under the operational command of the Joint Forces Command of the Defence General Staff and will be integrated in the Multinational Battalion of the EUFOR Althea mission. The Romanian servicemen will execute, for six months, missions supporting local authorities with the purpose of maintaining a climate of security and stability, and, at the same time, develop and instruct the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The decision to expand Romania's contribution to the EUFOR Althea Operation was taken to improve the force protection level during the execution of missions in this theater of operations.
The expansion of forces is within the ceiling approved by the Supreme Council for the Country's Defence regarding the forces and means of the Romanian Army which can be made available for participation in missions and operations outside the national territory in 2022.
MApN mentions that Romania's participation in the EUFOR Althea operation reflects both the solid commitment assumed within the European Union, as well as the NATO-EU partnership, representing, at the same time, an element of maintaining security and stability in the region.