New schedule for the "Battlegroups" 2010 and beyond

(BRUSSELS2) A new schedule has been adopted for the 1500 tactical groups – or battlegroups – the EU's rapid reaction force. Here is the content. In bold, the country that provides the lead. A * indicates that the participation is not confirmed. It can be noted that both France and Germany are on call for at least one semester per year. In the first half of 1, France could even take part in the two permanent Battlegroups. On the other hand, British participation is much less sustained (once every two years). It is also interesting to note that certain established groups (Helbroc, Nordic Battlegroup, FraBelux, etc.) regularly take guard duty. This facilitates the establishment and “operationality” of these battlegroups.

2nd semester 2009

2009-2: République tchèque, Slovakia (OHQ = Potsdam – Germany)

2009-2: Belgium, France, Luxembourg (Frabelux, OHQ = Mont Valérien – France)

1er 2010 semester

2010-1 : Poland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia (OHQ = Germany)

2010-1: UK, Netherlands (OHQ = United Kingdom – Northwood)

2nd semester 2010

2010-2: Italy, Romania + Turkey (OHQ = Italy)

2010-2: Spain, France, Portugal

1er 2011 semester

2011-1: Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Austria, Lithuania (OHQ = Germany)

2011-1:  Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ireland + Norway (Nordic battlegroup)

2nd semester 2011

2011-2: Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania (Helbroc)

2011-2: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy (Eurofor)

1er 2012 semester

2012-1: France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Frabelux)

2012-1: —

2nd semester 2012

2012-2: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary

2012-2:  Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland * + Croatia and Fyrom (OHQ: Germany)

1er semester 2013

2013-1:  Poland, Germany, France (

2013-1: Belgium, Luxembourg, France * (FraBelux)

2e 2013 semester

2013-2: UK, Sweden

2013-2: —

1er 2014 semester

2014-1: Greece, Bulgaria*, Romania*, Cyprus* (Helbroc)


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).

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