EU-Bosnia and Herzegovina Stabilisation and Association Council, 19 July 2023

Main results

The 5th EU – Bosnia and Herzegovina Stabilisation and Association Council took place in Brussels on 19 July.

The Stabilisation and Association Council reviewed the state of relations between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Stabilisation and Association Process, in particular the pre-accession process in light of the Commission’s 2022 Report, with a focus on political criteria, economic criteria, the ‘acquis’, and pre-accession assistance.

The participants also reviewed the state of play of implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

There was an exchange of views on recent developments in the Western Balkans.

Since December, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a candidate country. This opened an important window of opportunity that should be used for swift implementation of pending reforms and adaptation to EU standards. This is what we discussed today – how Bosnia and Herzegovina is doing and where more efforts are needed.

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy