Ministry of Defense Of B&H Receives Equipment Worth USD 468,180 Donated from EUDec 19, 2016
Handover ceremony of equipment donated by the European Union to the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) worth USD 468,180 took place on 19 December 2016 at the Armed Forces of BiH facility in Visoko.
Mr. Dzenan Redzo, assistant minister for policy and planning of MoD BiH, Borislav Jezeraskic assistant minister for procurement and logistics of MoD BiH, Mr. Filip De Ceuninck, Senior Regional Counter Terrorism and Security Advisor at Delegation of European Union Delegation (EUD) to BiH and Mr. Slobodan Tadic, Justice and security sector leader of United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH) took part in the handover ceremony.
The European Union donated USD 468,180 worth of security equipment for two military storage sites ‘Rabic’ Derventa and ‘Teufik Buza Tufo’ Visoko, as part of the EU Support of SEESAC Disarmament and Arms Control Activities in South East Europe (EUSAC) Project. The donation is part of the EUSAC’s Component 1 that aims to improve security infrastructure and stockpile management for the storages of conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. The EU provided support through the EU Council Decision 2013/730/CFSP in the amount of up to 5.127,650 EUR.
“I would like to express my gratitude for this valuable and important equipment for MoD BiH. This donation is improving control and security of storage sites and contributing to the broader security of the country and the region”, Mr. Borislav Jezeraskic, assistant minister for procurement and logistics of MoD BiH said.
“UNDP and EU recognized the need for improvements of physical security at the locations of MoD BiH and its importance for the security in the wider region”, UNDP BiH Justice and security sector leader, Mr. Slobodan Tadic said during the ceremony, highlighting that this donation “will also contribute to improved safeguarding of the stockpiles, as well as prevent SALW proliferation that may represent a threat to peace, stability and sustainable development.”
The history of large scale accumulation of small arms and light weapons and ammunition stockpiles in South East Europe, has made the countries in the region a particular concern in the European Union Strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition. The Strategy is supported by the EU Council Decision 2013/730/CFSP), which is a continuation of the Union's previous support to combat the threat posed by the spread and illicit trafficking in SALW, in and from South East Europe.