About: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Enlargement 07-05-2020

EU and Western Balkan leaders reaffirm ties in veiled response to China, Russia

EU leaders confirmed their "unequivocal support for the European perspective" to their Western Balkans counterparts during a video-summit on Wednesday (6 May). However, the final declaration doesn't make reference to a tangible time frame for the region's accession to the bloc.

Refugees left behind in coronavirus crisis, aid groups warn

With restrictive measures imposed across Europe, authorities are struggling to provide  food and shelter for migrants and asylum seekers sleeping outdoors, aid organisations have warned.

Bosnian police tussle with migrants protesting over camp conditions

Bosnian police scuffled on Saturday (15 February) with hundreds of migrants who tried to break out of an overcrowded camp during a protest over conditions at the facility and their treatment by authorities in nearby Croatia. The Miral camp lies...
Enlargement 17-02-2020

EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

European Council president Charles Michel on Sunday (16 February) met with leaders of the six Western Balkan nations seeking to join the EU, for 'frank' talks ahead of a key summit in Zagreb in May.

Bosnia closes ‘jungle’ migrant camp

Bosnia on Wednesday (11 December) dismantled tents at the makeshift migrant camp known as the "jungle" for its harsh conditions, after transferring hundreds of people who were living at the site to Sarajevo.
Energy 11-12-2019

Coal pollution in the Western Balkans is a European problem

16 coal plants in the Western Balkans pollute as much as the entire EU fleet of 250 units, causing sickness and deaths across the continent. It’s high time to take action, write Viola von Cramon and Petros Kokkalis.
Enlargement 06-12-2019

Bosnia must overhaul judiciary, end political obstruction –report

Bosnia and Herzegovina must overhaul its complex and opaque justice system and do more to protect the rule of law if it wants to press its case to join the European Union, legal experts said in an EU-commissioned report on Thursday (5 December).

Bosnia should close ‘unacceptable’ migrant camp: Council of Europe

Bosnia should urgently close a temporary migrant camp or people will "start to die" during the winter period, a European human rights official warned Tuesday (3 December).
Global Europe 06-11-2019

Russia calls for closing UN office in Bosnia

Russia called Tuesday (5 November) for closing the office of the UN High Representative in Bosnia, claiming the senior UN official there is biased.
Global Europe 24-10-2019

‘It’s the jungle’: Bosnian migrant camp in crisis

No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines - these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia.
Enlargement 13-09-2019

Visegrad countries back opening of accession talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Four eastern European Union members on Thursday (12 September) backed the accession of Western Balkan countries to the bloc, saying North Macedonia and Albania should start talks this year.
Enlargement 06-08-2019

Rival Bosnia leaders agree to form government 10 months after vote

Bosnia's rival Serb, Croat and Bosniak leaders agreed on Monday (5 August) to form a central government 10 months after a general election, reaching a compromise about Bosnia's integration into NATO which had been a key stumbling block.
Enlargement 25-06-2019

Bosnian Serbs pull reserve police plan under Western pressure

Bosnia's Serb entity on Monday (24 June) withdrew a bill to set up a reserve police force under pressure from Western peace envoys who said it would be divisive, with memories still fresh of reservists' role in ethnic cleansing during the 1992-95 war.
Enlargement 24-06-2019

Turkey, Russia and China covet Western Balkans as EU puts enlargement on hold

Unless the EU accession process of the Western Balkans picks up the pace, the six countries of the region may examine alternatives for their countries’ external orientation, including boosting relations with China, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States, a report...

Bosnians protest against migrant influx in border town

Several hundred Bosnians protested on Sunday (16 June) against an influx of migrants in the western border town of Bihac, warning of security and health risks from thousands sleeping rough. Bosnia, spared the big migrant wave of 2015, is now...
Enlargement 06-06-2019

Enlargement debate: Western Balkans, torn between hope and outrage

With enlargement being a “hot potato” for EU institutions, EURACTIV addressed the issue in a debate on Tuesday (5 June). Diplomats and journalists talked freely about the perceived reluctance of some member states, but also about existing real internal obstacles.

Bosnia police denies mistreatment after video showing migrants in cages

Bosnian border police on Tuesday (23 April) denied mistreating migrants after a video emerged of detainees at a border holding facility in what appeared to be cages.
Enlargement 19-04-2019

Bosnian Serbs vote to form reserve police seen as threat by Muslims

Bosnian Serb lawmakers voted on Thursday (18 April) to introduce reserve police forces, a move seen as a security threat by Muslim Bosniaks living in Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2019

Germany’s new workers are cause for Bosnia’s shrinking population

When a Bosnian politician announces the creation of 100,000 new jobs, we joke in Bosnia that half of these will be abroad. With Germany’s new regulation on the immigration of skilled workers, an increased number of people could reach Germany- this will have consequences for Bosnia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
China 04-04-2019

Chinese Balkans investments disrupt EU objectives, Commission warns

Some Chinese investments entail “macro-economic imbalances and debt-dependency” risk in the Western Balkans and impact EU objectives in the region, an EU spokesperson has said in light of a controversial energy project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Electricity 18-03-2019

The burden of coal at the doorstep of the Energy Union

At a time when the EU strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, coal still represents more than half of electricity across much of the Western Balkans and other EU neighbouring countries, writes Janez Kopač. Making things worse, coal plants are intensively supported by Chinese and US capital, without active opposition of the EU, he says.
Enlargement 11-03-2019

Chetnik gathering sparks outrage in Bosnia

A gathering of the ultranationalist Serb Chetnik Movement in the Bosnian town of Višegrad on Sunday (10 March), has sparked a wave of condemnation from inside Bosnia and from the international community.
Enlargement 04-03-2019

Bosnian Serb leader: I have friends both in Moscow and Brussels

The Serb half of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to join the EU but opposes the Balkan country's plans to become part of NATO, the Serb chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency said on Monday (4 March). 
Enlargement 07-02-2019

Diplomat: Risking Russian meddling, Bosnia needs to stabilise before EU elections

The new EU executive may for the first time have Commissioners appointed by nationalists, who will be influenced by Russia. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
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