PSDC crisis management

Weimar Battlegroup Agreement

(credit: 17th Mechanized Battalion, November 2009)

(BRUSSELS2) That's it, it's done. After a few months of discussions, the French, Poles and Germans signed the technical agreement which set up the Weimar Battlegroup. This will be on alert in the first half of 2013. The signing was carried out today at the permanent representation of Poland in Brussels by the three military representatives to NATO and the EU, Major General Janusz BOJARSKI (Poland) , Vice-Admiral Xavier PAÏTARD (France) and Lieutenant General Roland KATHER (Germany).

The Battlegroup is expected to comprise between 2000 and 2500 men, more than half of whom will be Polish. It is Poland, in fact, which assumes the role of Framework Nation. It will provide the heart of the battlegroup, a mechanized battalion (which should be the 17th brigade which will also be on duty for the Visegrad battlegroup in 2015), as well as the battlegroup commander (Slawomir Wojciechowski). The Germans will provide logistical support. And the French will provide medical support. And the OHQ at Mont-Valérien.

Other agreements to come

This agreement lays the foundations of the battlegroup, the modalities of coordination of preparation as well as the rules of engagement. Now we will have to prepare and/or finalize a whole series of technical agreements, particularly in terms of logistics. In addition to the command structure, the battlegroup includes everything necessary to be autonomous in its rapid, short-term action aimed at stabilizing a country or evacuating nationals, such as the communications system, air transport , logistics and technical support.

No civilian component… for now

On the other hand, nothing is mentioned about the civilian component of the battlegroup, a Polish and German request as well. What we have initialed corresponds to a “military battlegroup. To go further (include civilian), that's another discussion, possibly at other levels, because we have to touch on the concept. » Clearly, nothing is excluded, nothing is planned.

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).