In order to identify, enhance and facilitate the medical operational capabilities of the West Balkan region, the purpose of the BMTF is to provide medical support at the Role 2 level on Crisis Response Operations (CRO) in a sustainable manner and rapidly respond to a broad spectrum of regional disaster relief situations. The goal is to enable the participating nations to provide vital capabilities to international operations, enhance national medical service capacities, and to achieve national, NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) force / partnership goals (capability targets).
At the meeting in Brussels October 2010, initiated by USA, it was discussed how to enhance Balkan regional military medical activity. The outcome was that USA and Norway would support establishment of an assessment group together with Serbia and Macedonia with the aim to assess and develop a concept, and identify medical operational regional capabilities for a Balkan Medical Task Force (BMTF).
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia are participating nations that provide infrastructure, personnel, equipment, material and/or financial contributions.
Kingdom of Norway represented by the Norwegian Armed Forces
and United States of America represented by the US European Command provide significant contribution and support.