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Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU accession bid
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EU Bosnia and Herzegovina
PPP GDP ($bl.) 15,247,000 42.998
Area (km²) 4,324,782 51,197
Population 501,259,840 3,981,239
Status
Stabilisation and Association
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The accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union faces many economic and political problems today. The nation has recently been making slow but steady progress, including co-operation with the war crimes tribunal at The Hague.

Negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement - the first step before applying for membership - started in 2005 and were originally expected to be finalised in late 2007.[1] Negotiations stalled due to a disagreement over police reform, which the EU insisted on centralising away from the entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Agreement was intialled on 4 December 2007, and, following the adoption of the police reforms in April 2008, the Agreement was signed on 16 June 2008.[2][3] Reforms promised by the Prud Agreement would “build the ability of the State to meet the requirements of the EU integration process”.[4]

According to the Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina planned to submit an application for membership between April and June 2009.[5] However, an application was ultimately not submitted in this time frame. In February 2010, Alkala stated that Bosnia now planned to submit their membership application by the end of the year. [6]

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References

  1. ^ "Germany prepares to take over EU presidency". Southeast European Times. 2006-12-19. http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2006/12/28/feature-01. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  2. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina initials pre-membership agreement with EU, Xinhua, 2007-12-05
  3. ^ Bosnia signs EU pre-accession deal, EUobserver, 2008-06-17
  4. ^ http://www.ohr.int/ohr-dept/presso/pressr/default.asp?content_id=42806
  5. ^ BiH podnosi kandidaturu za članstvo u EU 2009
  6. ^ [1]
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