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Change of command at Eurocorps

(BRUSSELS2) German General Lothar Domröse took command of the Eurocorps on September 25, 2009. He takes over from Lieutenant General Pedro Pitarch, whose frank speaking has always been a pleasure for journalists.

Pitarch assumed command of the Eurocorps on September 21, 2007, after commanding the Spanish Land Forces.

Domröse was, notably, Chief of Staff of the International Security Assistance Force known as “ISAF” in Kabul, Afghanistan, from January 2008 to January 2009. A very useful position because the Eurocorps should be redeployed in the region by 2012.

The General Staff is thus constituted :
– Belgian Major General Martin, as deputy to the Commander-in-Chief
– the Spanish general Ramirez was appointed chief of staff (he was deputy “operations” to the chief of staff),
– the French brigadier general De la Maisonneuve takes the position of “deputy operations” to the chief of staff,
– Polish Brigadier General Buszka as Deputy Support to the Chief of Staff
– and German Brigadier General Niemann takes the new position of deputy “training and resources” to the Chief of Staff.
A thousand people make up the General Staff.

THEEurocorps is originally made up of five countries: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany to which Poland was added. And Italy will be added. Romania and the United States are candidates. What poses a problem for the USA is the condition of belonging to the European Union to be part of the General Staff.

Le European Parliament proposed twice to place the European Corps permanently under the command of the European Union. But without success so far. And the French presidency of the EU (in the second half of 2), which also had this ambition, failed to convince the European partners. The Strasbourg Treaty – signed on February 2008 this year – confers Eurocorps headquarters is already a notable first step. Because it recognizes the legal personality of Eurocorps. Which is still very far from the objective.

(photo credit: Eurocorps)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).