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Role, structure and organisation of the EU Delegation of the European union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Office of the European Union Special Representative

The 28 Member States of the European Union fully and firmly support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a future member state of the European Union, consistent with the Thessaloniki Declaration of 2003. Along with international partners, it is the EU’s aim to support and embed a stable and viable Bosnia and Herzegovina co-operating peacefully with its neighbours and irreversibly on track towards EU membership. EU membership for Bosnia and Herzegovina is firmly tied to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country.

The EU has set out its strategy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Council conclusions of March 2011 and the successive reinforcing conclusions. Since September 2011 we have installed a reinforced and comprehensive presence in the country combining the assets of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, through an EUSR office. The EU military force EUFOR ALTHEA remains present in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Our partners are threefold. Firstly, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who are the main motivation for and beneficiaries of the country’s EU integration. Secondly, the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina at all levels. Thirdly, the civil society of the country including NGOs, the academic community, the business community, political parties and associations dealing specific interests.

The Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina was first established in July 1996, then as the Delegation of the European Commission.

Upon the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in December 2009, its name was changed to the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following a decision of the Council of the European Union in July 2011, the powers and authorities of both the EU Special Representative (EUSR) and the Head of the European Union Delegation Office were vested in the same person. In September 2011, Ambassador Peter Sorensen took up the posts of Head of the EU Delegation and EUSR. As a consequence, the Delegation and the Office of the EUSR together function as ‘one voice’ on the ground.

EU Delegation

The Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of more than 130 Delegations that exist worldwide. Its role in Bosnia and Herzegovina is primarily aimed at:

  • presenting, explaining and implementing EU policy;
  • analysing and reporting on the policies and developments in the country; and
  • conducting negotiations in line with its mandate.

It operates under the overall leadership of the High Representative of the Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission. It promotes the EU’s interests that are embodied in common policies relating to, among others, foreign and security issues, commerce, agriculture, fisheries, environment, transport, health and safety. It plays a key role in the implementation of the EU’s external financial assistance. This primarily relates to the funds allocated under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

Office of the European Union Special Representative

The European Union Special Representative (EUSR) is mandated by the Council of the European Union  to reinforce the EU’s political support for its policy objectives in BiH: ‘BIH’s progress in the Stabilisation and Association Process, with the aim of seeing a stable, viable, peaceful, multi-ethnic BiH, co-operating fully and peacefully with its neighbours in the region’.

The EUSR offers advice and facilitation support in the political process to institutions at all levels, aimed at ensuring greater consistency and coherence of all political, economic and European priorities – particularly in the areas of the rule of law and security sector reform.

The EUSR is responsible for the co-ordination of the EU’s public communication in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for contributing to the further development of respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms. The EUSR reports to the Council of the European Union, the inter-governmental body representing the 28 EU Member States, through the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission.

The Delegation of the European Union and EUSR in Bosnia and Herzegovina also have regional offices in Banja Luka, Brčko and Mostar.

To read the EUSR full mandate click here

Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark

Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 1 March 2015.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1984 with an A.B. magna cum laude in Social Sciences and holds a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in International Law and Economics.

In 1988 he joined the Swedish Foreign Service and has been posted to Belgrade, Washington, Brussels, Kabul and Moscow, where he served as Deputy Head and Minister at the Swedish Embassy (2003-2007). In 2008 Ambassador Wigemark was appointed Head of the Security Policy Unit in the European Commission. In September 2010, the then High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Catherine Ashton appointed Mr Wigemark as one of the first EU Ambassadors under the Lisbon Treaty. He took up his duties in Pakistan in February 2011.

Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark was born in 1960 in Göteborg, Sweden. He is married and has one son. Apart from native Swedish and fluency in English, Ambassador Wigemark is proficient in German, French and Russian.

The EUD/EUSR office has 154 staff of whom 43 are international staff and 111 are national staff. In addition to the Ambassador’s office, we have the following departments: Political Section, Legal Service, Rule of Law Section, Communication Team, Operations, Contracts, Finance & Audit, and EUD and EUSR Administration Offices.

Ambassador:

Lars-Gunnar Wigemark
Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Khaldoun Sinno
Deputy Head of the EU Delegation

Jenny Elisabet Tomasinec
Head of Political Section

Krassimir Nikolov
Head of Political and Economic Section

Branka Bajić
Head of Legal Service

Richard Masa
Head of Cooperation

Vacant
Head of Operations Section I (Justice and Home Affairs, Public Administration Reform)

Andrea Vera
Head of Operations Section II (Economic Development, Natural Resources, Infrastructures)

Gianluca Vannini
Head of Operations Section III (Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Co-operation)

Jamila Milović-Halilović
Head of Communication and Spokesperson

Daniel Plas
Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit Section

Miriam Pountney
Deputy Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit Section

Richard Wood
Head of Rule of Law Section

Alexandra Wagner
Head of Banja Luka Regional Office

Robert Stockdale
Head of EUSR Finance and Administration

Christoph Sorg
Head of EUD Administration Section

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