EU relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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


News and Press ReleasesRSS

  • 31/03/2015
    Joint statement on confirmation of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Joint statement on confirmation of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations, issued the following statement today:</p> 03/31/2015 00:00:00 03/31/2015 00:00:00 03/31/2015 00:00:00 03/07/2017 00:00:00 2015033100 090126248eef4bcd N 090126248eef4bcd /statements-eeas/2015/150331_01_en.htm 4557 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150331_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150331_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150331_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint statement on confirmation of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 16/03/2015
    Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
  • 16/03/2015
    Council conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 16/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council <p>Today we will discuss with the Ministers first of all Libya. As you know, it is a crisis that affects very much the region, but also directly the European Union, all of the European Union.</p> 03/16/2015 00:00:00 03/16/2015 00:00:00 03/16/2015 00:00:00 03/04/2016 00:00:00 2015031600 090126248ec21845 N 090126248ec21845 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_01_en.htm 9197 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150316_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150316_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150316_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council
  • 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

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