Elements of the Slovak military police on board an Irini ship in 2022

(B2) Up to eleven members of the Slovak Military Police may eventually join the European Operation for Embargo Control in the Mediterranean Sea (EUNAVFOR MED Irini) for six months from March 2022.

This was proposed by the Ministry of Defense in Bratislava, according to the Slovak agency Tasr. They will be part of an intervention team on a ship flying the German flag. The Minister of Defense submitted his proposal through an interministerial procedure.

According to the current mandate, only five members of the Slovak army can serve in the operation. This is not the first time that the Slovaks are involved in an EU maritime operation. A similar commitment was made during operation EUNAVFOR Med Sophia, to fight against human trafficking (read: Slovaks in the Mediterranean).


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).