Bosnia and Herzegovina was recognised as a potential candidate country for EU accession in 2003 and signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in 2008, agreeing to the EU’s conditions for membership.
2008 saw significant progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s movement towards EU membership. Visa facilitation and readmission agreements entered into force on 1 January, facilitating visits to the EU by citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A European partnership was adopted in February, identifying new and remaining priorities for action.
The EU also continues to be present in the country, within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy.