A Force for EU and NATO

Eventhough Eurocorps remains steadfast in its commitment to NATO, a more balanced approach to the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy institutions is being conducted.

MULTINATIONAL
in every sense

Currently, nine European Union countries are present in Eurocorps, representing 335 million inhabitants and around 66% of the total European Union population. Turkey is also a member of Eurocorps.

OPERATIONAL and rapidly DEPLOYABLE

Eurocorps is a highly experienced headquarters, having being engaged in NATO stand-by periods and operations from the Balkans to Afghanistan as well as in European Union stand-by periods and training missions in Africa.

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2020

Recent years’ developments on NATO’s eastern flank have prompted it to speed up and strengthen the NATO Response Force and establish a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force with a response time of only a few days. Said initiatives are exclusively intended to protect NATO member states, a point reasserted during the NATO Summit 2019 in London.

EUROCORPS is now starting into its third NRF standby period, but there have been fundamental changes since its last rotations in 2006 and 2009, because taking over command today means potentially leading up to 65,000 ground troops in high-intensity warfare. EUROCORPS will be subject to even shorter response times in 2020, with a view to deploy Land Component Command personnel and equipment to staging areas within 30 days. Should a crisis erupt, member states including Poland, Germany, France, the USA, to name just a few, will subordinate troops to Eurocorps.

EUROCORPS, an outfit formed by 10 nations, is aided in its mission by its multinational scope and extensive experience gained in just about every major operation under NATO or European Union command.

We also stand as a powerful reminder of the mutual complementary nature of NATO and European defense, in the best sense of the term.

Commanding GeneralLieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was commissioned into the French cavalry in 1987 and served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. He was the commander of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th Cavalry Regiment) and later of one of the French amphibious brigades (6th Light Armoured Brigade). He led the department of international engagements on behalf of the French MoD and was the Chief of Staff and then the Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps in 2019.

Chief Of StaffMajor General Xavier WATTEEUW

During his military career, Major General Xavier WATTEEUW has occupied different positions in the following areas: the Engineer School (to the ENG School Course Director), 4th Battalion Engineer (to COM position), Commando Center in Equator, Headquarter SFOR in Bosnia, the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon, Defence Attaché (in Argentina), HQ ACT (Defence Planning), EU Military Committee (BEL Military REP to NATO and EU) and currently COS HQ EC. MG Watteeuw graduated from the Royal Military Academy as Industrial Engineer in Construction.

Deputy CommanderMajor General Josef BLOTZ


Major General Josef Blotz, born on November, 22nd 1956, joined the Armed Forces in 1975. He has been appointed to numerous national and international posts, served as Brigade Commander, in the DEU MOD, at NATO HQ and with the UN. Since Sept 2019 Major General Blotz is the Dep Com Eurocorps. In his career he was deployed to missions in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Libya.

DCOS I and ABrigadier General Stéphane PAU

After having completed the French officers’ school at Saint-Cyr in 1987, Brigadier General Stéphane Pau chose infantry. He mostly served in the French Foreign Legion in French Guiana and in France. In particular he took command of the 4th Foreign Legion Battalion. He commanded also the Joint Center for Actions on the Environment, the French CMI/CIMIC and Influence Center in Lyon. He was posted twice to the US at the 2d division of the USMC and within CENTCOM. He has participated in several missions in Africa.

DCOS PLANS / OPSBrigadier General Fernando Luis GRACIA HERREIZ

Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia Herreiz has served in the Spanish Legion for almost 12 years since 1988 being deployed in Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan and as Spanish Senior Representative in the USCENTCOM in Tampa (Florida) (Inherent Resolve). As Lieutenant-Colonel he was appointed Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion of the X Mechanized Brigade. As Colonel he was Chief of Strategy and Strategic Plans in the Defence General Staff in Madrid. He is currently DCOS OPS of Eurocorps since September 2019.

DCOS SPT / ENABBrigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI

Brigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI worked for almost the entire career at Land Forces stage - from a Platoon Commander to the Deputy Chief P3/P7 on the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces level (including missions – Chad, RCA and service abroad - EU Brussels). From 2018 BG Kucharski is appointed to DCOS SPT & ENB in HQ EC.
BG Kucharski graduated from the Military Academy of Armoured Forces in Poznań and War College, Center for Higher Military Studies and the Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense in Paris.