IECEU consortium partner Nina Pejič, representative of the University of Ljubljana, gave a lecture Friday 12 May in Butmir to a group of 12 international students from 4 countries visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina as a part of a study trip in the framework of their study subject of International Conflict Management. The lecture was given on the topic of the EU’s CSDP military operation EUFOR Althea, functioning in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2004. Mrs Pejič presented the effectiveness criteria and indicators of the IECEU project and continued with the evaluation presented in our deliverable D2.3 – some of the findings included the lack of political will for the increased presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to the deteriorating social and economic situation in the country, short rotations which influence the operational capabilities, the need for enhanced pre-deployment training of troops.
The students were particularly interested in the problem of coordination between different EU bodies present in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example the regional EU offices and EUFOR Althea, as well as the extent to which the national contingents in the mission communicate with the national ministries in their respected countries. Furthermore, they were discussing the factors that could lead to further deepening of the EU common security and defence policies, like the potential extended pre-deployment trainings focusing especially on the cultural background knowledge and languages, which would increase the effectiveness of the mission itself.