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Bosnia and Herzegovina

 
Flagge Bosnien und Herzegovina Bosna i Hercegovina

 

Government: Parliamentary democracy with bicameral parliament at the level of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina (House of Representatives and House of Peoples)
1995 constitution (part of the Dayton Peace Agreement): state made up of two entities: the Bosniac-Croat Federation and the Republika Srpska (Serb entity)
Highest civil authority: the High Representative appointed by the international community (currently Christian Schwarz-Schilling)

Head of State: Three-member presidency:

  • Chairman Sulejman Tihic (Bosniac)
  • Borislav Paravac (Serb)
  • Ivo Miro Jovic (Croat)

Head of Government: Prime Minister Adnan Terzic
Foreign Minister: Mladen Ivanic

 

Population: approx. 4 million
Capital: Sarajevo
Area: 51 129 km²
Currency: Convertible marks; 1 KM: 0.51129 euro

 

GDP in real terms: €6.6 billion'
GDP per capita: €1 730
Economic growth: 5%
Unemployment: 40.5%

 

Main export markets: Italy, Croatia, Slovenia
Main exports: Timber, wooden products, clothing
Main source of imports: Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria
Main imports: Machinery, food, building materials, vehicles
Major economic sectors: Aluminium, wood-processing industry, food industry

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s steps towards the EU

  • April 1992: Bosnia and Herzegovina declares independence. The civil war begins.
  • December 1995: the Dayton Peace Agreement is signed, ending the civil war.
  • 1996: regional approach: the Council of the European Union establishes political and economic conditionality for the development of bilateral relations. From 1996 Bosnia and Herzegovina benefits from financial assistance under the PHARE and OBNOVA programmes.
  • June 1998: an “EU/Bosnia and Herzegovina Consultative Task Force" (CTF) is set up to serve as a forum for technical and expert advice in the fields of administration, regulatory framework and policies.
  • 1999: the EU proposes a new Stabilisation and Association Process for five countries of South-Eastern Europe, including Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • June 2000: the Feira European Council states that all the Stabilisation and Association countries are potential candidates for EU membership.
  • 2001: start of the new CARDS programme, specifically designed to provide financial assistance to the Stabilisation and Association countries.
  • March 2002: the Council of the European Union adopts a Joint Action in order to send an EU Special Representative and an EU Police Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • June 2003: the Thessaloniki European Council confirms the Stabilisation and Association Process as the EU policy for the Western Balkans. The EU perspective for these countries is confirmed.
  • November 2003: the European Commission produces a Feasibility Study assessing Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capacity to introduce and implement the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The study specifies 16 areas in which substantial progress must be made before negotiations can start.
  • June 2004: EU decides on a European Partnership for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • December 2004: EUFOR replaces SFOR (“Althea” operation), thereby replacing the UN mission by an EU operation.
  • October 2005: the European Commission recommends the opening of negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. However, it notes that cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia must be intensified and further efforts made to implement the police reform and the broadcasting law. If no further steps are taken in these areas, the negotiations may be delayed.
  • 2005/ 2006: the negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement begin at the end of November 2005. The first negotiating round takes place at the end of January 2006. The next round is scheduled for 17 March. The Austrian Presidency will endeavour to make rapid progress in these negotiations.

 

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Date: 13.03.2006