A force for the EU & NATO

Linked with NATO Command structure and the Command and Control (C2) of the European Union’s (EU) missions, EUROCORPS still keeps its autonomy and is available for both organizations after a unanimous decision of the Framework Nations taken by the Common Committee (decisive body of EUROCORPS). Since its early creation, agreements were signed to put EUROCORPS at the disposal of both entities.

The SACEUR agreement of 21 January 1993 allows EUROCORPS to be put under NATO command when needed and regulates the information exchange and training between both partners in peacetime. The SACEUR agreement was amended in 2002, linked to EUROCORPS’ certification as High Readiness Force (HRF – Rapid Reaction Corps).

In May 1993, France and Germany made EUROCORPS available for “Petersberg” missions (crisis response operations) to the former Western European Union. At the European Summit in Köln (3 and 4 June 1999), the European Union wished to have multinational forces prepared for future military crisis management. EUROCORPS could foster closer relationship with the European Union. Additionally, the signature of a “Letter of Intent” between EUROCORPS and the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) on 18 January 2016, has demonstrated EUROCORPS’ effort towards closer ties with the European Union.

Those historical steps and the current activities of EUROCORPS underline that our Headquarters is fully available for both the European Union and NATO.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.