The EU-led military operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) provides capacity-building and training support to the Armed Forces of BiH, it reinforces the BiH efforts to maintain the safe and secure environment in the region and supports the overall EU comprehensive strategy for BiH.
ALTHEA was launched in December 2004 and now counts an EU Force of more than 600 troops. SHAPE Vice Chief of Staff (VCOS) Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann holds the operational command and is assisted by the European Union Staff Group. This works in close collaboration with the European External Action Service and the European Union Military Staff. The political control and strategic direction of the operation lies with the EU’s Political and Security Committee, under the responsibility of the Council of the EU.
In addition to the main objectives, Operation ALTHEA supports the local authorities by monitoring and advising them on countermines activities, military and civilian movement control of weapons, ammunition and explosive substances, and the management of weapons and ammunition storage sites.