Hungarian Major General Dr. László Sticz will lead EUFOR – the European Union’s Operation Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina – for a year starting from January 2024, announced Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that one of the priorities of the government of Hungary is to preserve the stability of the Western Balkans region, since its countries play an important role in curbing the waves of illegal migration. For several decades, Hungary has been participating in the regional international military missions, one of which is Operation Althea of the European Union Force (EUFOR Althea) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The minister underlined that the several occasions on which they had the opportunity to fill leading positions in the missions conducted in the region are one of the greatest recognitions of the Hungarian soldiers’ military professional and allied engagement. Major General Dr. László Stitcz’s appointment as COMEUFOR was backed by the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), as well as by Vice Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and EUFOR Operational Commander Lieutenant General Hubert Cottereau, underlined the minister.
Major General Dr. László Sticz is currently the commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces Force Modernization and Transformation Command. During his military career, he has already served in the Western Balkan theatre of operations, as well as at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), so he has gained comprehensive experience in the fields of force development and planning in his positions in Hungary and abroad.