EU relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  • 23/02/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the end of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the end of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina <p>Thank you very much, thank you for being here. It is a pleasure for me to be here in Sarajevo just a couple of months after my first and last visits. I am happy today that I have had a chance to meet Members of the Presidency - I would like to thank them for their role and the leadership in these months to reach the written commitment. I had a meeting with the Presidents of both entities, with the Parliament leadership, I have had a chance of addressing the Parliament in a day that I defined as historical; it is really important to me and – I hope – to the whole country. I had a meeting with the Chairman-designate of the Council of Ministers, with the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska and the nominee for the Prime Minister of the Federation, and finally – but not least – I've just had an exchange of views with journalists, media and cultural activists in Ars Aevi and then I'm heading to the HQ of EUFOR Althea.</p> 02/23/2015 18:03:20 02/23/2015 18:03:20 02/23/2015 18:03:20 02/11/2016 18:03:20 2015022318 090126248e9ab410 N 090126248e9ab410 /statements-eeas/2015/150223_02_en.htm 7183 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150223_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150223_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150223_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the end of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 23/02/2015
    Address by High Representative-Vice-President Federica Mogherini to the joint session of the House of Representatives and House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina Address by High Representative-Vice-President Federica Mogherini to the joint session of the House of Representatives and House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina <p>Let me thank first of all the citizens and representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the warm welcome I received today and also the last time I was here in Sarajevo couple of months ago. And also when I was here in this very same Parliament last summer, as the Italian Minister holding the EU Presidency and presenting the Compact for Growth in this very same building.</p> 02/23/2015 13:00:00 02/23/2015 13:00:00 02/23/2015 13:00:00 02/11/2016 13:00:00 2015022313 090126248e9ab408 N 090126248e9ab408 /statements-eeas/2015/150223_01_en.htm 11340 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150223_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150223_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150223_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Address by High Representative-Vice-President Federica Mogherini to the joint session of the House of Representatives and House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 18/02/2015
    HR/VP Mogherini to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina; progress being made on country's EU path HR/VP Mogherini to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina; progress being made on country's EU path 02/18/2015 11:16:10 02/18/2015 11:16:10 02/18/2015 11:16:10 02/06/2016 11:16:10 2015021811 090126248e6a7aeb N 090126248e6a7aeb /statements-eeas/2015/150218_02_en.htm 10782 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150218_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150218_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150218_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150218_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    HR/VP Mogherini to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina; progress being made on country's EU path

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In 2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement(SAA), which has not yet taken effect. Contractual relations between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently governed by the Interim Agreement.  

At the end of 2010, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina were granted the right to travel to the Schengen Areawithout a visa.

In March 2011, the EU agreed a new strategy for the country, set out in Council Conclusions . Since September 2011 it has strenghtened its presence. It is represented in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the EU Special Representative/EU Head of Delegation, who has a dual mandate.

The EU's presence in the country also falls under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). This includes the EU Special Representative and the EUFOR ALTHEA military mission. The mandate of the first EU civilian CSDP mission – the EU Police Mission (EUPM) - expired at the end of June 2012. The EU continues to provide support for law enforcement through the office of the EU Special Representative (EUSR)/EU Delegation, and in other ways.

The European Commission issues an annual Progress Reportto assess Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress towards the goal of EU membership.

For further information, see:
- Council Conclusions