Delegation of the European Union (DEU)
in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
DEU Role in BiH
The Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina is among the 130 Delegations that exist worldwide. Its role in BiH is primarily aimed at:
- presenting, explaining and implementing EU policy;
- analysing and reporting on the policies and developments in the country; and
- conducting negotiations in line with its mandate.
It operates under the overall leadership of the High Representative of the Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission. It promotes the EU’s interests that are embodied in common policies relating to, among others, foreign and security issues, commerce, agriculture, fisheries, environment, transport, health and safety. It plays a key role in the implementation of the EU’s external financial assistance. This primarily relates to the funds allocated under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).
The 28 Member States of the European Union fully and firmly support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a future member state of the European Union, consistent with the Thessaloniki Declaration of 2003. Along with international partners, it is the EU’s aim to support and embed a stable and viable BiH co-operating peacefully with its neighbours and irreversibly on track towards EU membership. EU membership for BiH is firmly tied to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country.
EUD partners are threefold. Firstly, the citizens of BiH who are the main motivation for and beneficiaries of the country’s EU integration. Secondly, the institutions of BiH at all levels. Thirdly, the civil society of the country including NGOs, the academic community, the business community, political parties and associations dealing specific interests.