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The EU Battlegroup schedule for 2011 and beyond (updated)

A new schedule has been adopted for the “1500 battlegroups” – more commonly known as battlegroups – the EU's rapid reaction force. Normally two groups of countries provide permanence simultaneously, so as to allow two simultaneous or near-simultaneous interventions in two different locations. Even to ensure relay between several battlegroups.

We can note the “hole” in 2012 (1), a problem which will be taken up by the Political and Security Committee or COPS (on November 5) and even the Council of Defense Ministers (on December 9).

NB: In bold, the country which ensures the “lead” of the battlegroup (providing most of the command and a good part of the troops). A * indicates that participation is to be confirmed. In parentheses, the country which provides OHQ (the operations headquarters).

2nd semester 2010

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

2010-2: Spain, France, Portugal

1er 2011 semester

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

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

2nd semester 2011

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

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

1er 2012 semester

2012-1: France, Belgium, Luxembourg (OHQ = Paris Mont-Valérien)

2012-1: ???

2nd semester 2012

2012-2: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary (OHQ = Rome)

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

1er semester 2013

2013-1:  Poland, Germany, France

2013-1: Belgium, Luxemburg, France *

2e 2013 semester

2013-2: United Kingdom, Sweden (OHQ: London Northwood)

2013-2: ???

1er 2014 semester

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

2014-1: Sweden *

2e 2014 semester

2014-2: Belgium, Netherlands*, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain

2014-2: Spain, Italy

1er 2015 semester

2015-1: France, Belgium *

2015-1: ???

* to confirm

(updated October 25, 2010 – source CUE – Brussels2 © NGV)

(1) Battlegroup: Is there a volunteer in the room?

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).