What does the European Union’s (EU’s) New Approach Bring to Bosnia and Herzegovina?

TitleWhat does the European Union’s (EU’s) New Approach Bring to Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDapo, E, Ridic, O
Conference Name2nd International Conference on Education, Culture and Identity - New Trends and Challenges in Today’s Europe
Date Published10/2015
PublisherInternational University of Sarajevo (IUS)
Place PublishedSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number978-9958-896-21-7
Other NumbersCOBISS.BH-ID 22445830

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been lacking the collective political power to addressthe reforms that were necessary for progress towards EU over the years.The B&H politicians could not agree upon any effective coordination mechanismon EU issues. The lack of coordination mechanism has negatively affectedthe country’s interaction with the EU. Beside the coordination mechanismthe other political issues could not be resolved. The EU Commissionintensively facilitated resolution of the Sejdić-Finci ruling of the EuropeanCourt of Human Rights that B&H has to implement, but without any success.The political actors have also been unable to agree upon countrywide strategyrequired for Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, in sectors, such as: agriculture,energy, transport and environment. These negative developments ledto a substantial reduction of funding in these areas. Political disagreementshave caused economic stagnation on moving towards European standards. InFebruary 2014, widespread, citizen-led protests have occurred. These protestshave underlined the fragility of the socio-economic situation. The EU Commissionhas launched a New Approach for B&H towards EU aiming to shiftthe focus towards economic reforms and issues of direct concern to citizens.This included development of a ‘Compact for Growth and Jobs’. The Compactis supposed to be the yardstick for the necessary economic reforms. In thispaper we will explain the importance of the New Approach for B&H, as well aswhat ‘Compact for Growth and Job’ brings to B&H.

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