European Union Military Operation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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EUFOR Concordia was a European Union (EU) peacekeeping mission in the Republic of Macedonia, which started on 31 March 2003.[1] The EU took over from NATO's operation Allied Harmony and deployed around 300 troops to provide security to EU and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors overseeing the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement. It thus became the first ever military operation of the EU.

EUFOR Concordia was a significant event in the evolution of the EU's security cooperation. In the words of the then EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, when the Common European Foreign and Security Policy started only about a decade before, in 1992, "[f]ew then believed that... we would send out men in arms under the EU's flag."[2]

On 15 December 2003 the EUFOR Concordia was replaced by an EU Police Mission, code-named EUPOL PROXIMA, and the 400 EU soldiers were replaced by 200 EU police officers.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | CONCORDIA/FYROM". www.eeas.europa.eu. Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  2. ^ Solana, Javier. "A joint effort for peace and stability" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | EUPOL PROXIMA/FYROM". www.eeas.europa.eu. Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  4. ^ "EU's first military mission ends". BBC. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2015-08-18.