In this article by Mirna Skrbic published in Transitions Online, Bosnia’s chief official for EU relations explains how the government plans to lead the country into the Brussels club.
After 10 years of peace implementation following the November, 1995 Dayton agreement, Bosnia entered a new phase on 25 November with the beginning of negotiations on a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union.
The SAA is generally seen as a first step towards membership.
The talks came as a swift reward for agreement among Bosnia’s parties on defense reform, police reform, and a new public-broadcasting law.
Now the focus will be on implementation of these reforms. Key obligations are coming up at various stages of the SAA talks, which are expected to last approximately one year.
Osman Topcagic, the head of Bosnia’s government directorate for European integration, spoke to TOL’s Mirna Skrbic prior to the start of talks to discuss the challenges ahead.