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Die Integration von Bosnien und Herzegowina in die Europäische Union
The Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Union

Author(s): Hoda Dedić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.

Summary/Abstract: The policy of the European Union towards Bosnia and Herzegovina and other western Balkan countries received a new impetus by the launch of the Stabilization and Association Process (SAP) in 1998. In spite of the commitment of the European Union in the last years, Bosnia and Herzegovina have made insufficient progress in terms of meeting the criteria for full membership. This was on the one hand due to the absence of willingness for achieving consensus between ethnic parties in Parliament and on the other hand to the very complex constitutional structure that causes state structures not to be functional. Furthermore and different from the other Balkan states, institutions of the international community are involved in the process of creation and implementation of the reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, based on the authority of the Dayton Peace Agreement. In this regard, the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union represents the completion of the internationalization of the “Bosnian issue”. Only after a successful integration into the EU Bosnia and Herzegovina will gain its internal integration, secure a stabile political and economic development and, in the long run, contribute to more stability in Europe.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 05-06
  • Page Range: 22-31
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: German