Bosnia and Herzegovina

Population 3.5 million

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a potential candidate country for European Union membership. The EU is the country’s primary political and economic partner, and its largest donor and investor. Cooperation and financial assistance extends across many fields: agriculture, education, infrastructure, business development and much more. Bosnia and Herzegovina is undertaking ambitious improvements to reach EU standards in areas such as the fight against corruption and organised crime. While challenges remain, the EU is committed to working with Bosnia and Herzegovina to deliver change and improve the quality of life for citizens.

Opportunities

Connectivity, Environment

Coal regions exchange programme

The coal region-to-region exchange programme is an opportunity for regions from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and counterparts in the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogue and to connect with a range of stakeholders. As part of the programme, participants can benefit from opportunities to share experiences including study visits and knowledge exchange, with expert support.

Training courses & educational programmes
Civil society organisations, Public sector bodies, Researchers, Other
30/09/2021
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Economy

Open call for supporting wood industry medium and small enterprises

This call for proposals aims to support medium and small enterprises in the wood processing industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure business continuity despite the negative effects of COVID-19, as well as the creation of innovative start-ups as a response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Funding opportunities
Small and medium enterprises, Other
26/09/2021
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Latest news

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Working together to protect marine life: #EUBeachCleanup Albania

20 September 2021
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€14.2 billion to help accession countries implementing EU-related reforms

16 September 2021
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“The Future is on Tracks” Western Balkans Rail Summit

16 September 2021
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EU supports improvement of water and sanitation services in Bosnia and Herzegovina

16 September 2021
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Join the 2021 European Researchers’ Night

13 September 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU and Germany allocate €3 million for business recovery in BiH

9 September 2021
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EU-Western Balkans meeting on fight against firearms trafficking

9 September 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU-funded Open City Mostar Festival kicks-off

6 September 2021
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EIB and EBRD fund modernisation of Sarajevo’s trams

6 September 2021
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Young people meet to challenge history and shape a shared future

6 September 2021
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COVID-19: EU travel restrictions lifted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

1 September 2021
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Young European Ambassadors celebrate first birthday

25 August 2021
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Youth from Western Balkans cooperate for peace

25 August 2021
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Vote for the next group of Young European Ambassadors!

23 August 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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New homes for 32 families in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the EU-funded Regional Housing Programme

15 August 2021
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Bosnia and Herzegovina receives healthcare equipment from the EU

12 August 2021
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EU supports workshop on writing stories on war crime victims’ experiences

6 August 2021
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EU steps up support to Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 August 2021
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EU supports border and migration management in Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 August 2021
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EU funds a bicycle race promoting cross border tourism

2 August 2021
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EU allocates €8 million for local employment partnerships in BiH

23 July 2021
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EU expertise now available as TAIEX webinars

23 July 2021
Albania + 2
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Open call for youth exchange in Western Balkans

21 July 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU extends the mandates of the EUSRs in BiH and Kosovo

21 July 2021
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EU donates medical equipment to Bosnia and Herzegovina

21 July 2021
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EU supports water provision to Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina

16 July 2021
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EU allocates €13.5 million for civil society in the Western Balkans

13 July 2021
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The deadline for a new call for Young European Ambassadors extended to 30 July

12 July 2021
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YEAs go to EXIT Festival

12 July 2021
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Sarajevo-Pale old railway to be turned into cycling path

9 July 2021
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Young people create regional youth agenda for the Western Balkans

9 July 2021
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EU funded PowerUP programme announces winners of Western Balkan Excellence Award

6 July 2021
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Berlin Summit: Western Balkans strengthen regional cooperation and foster closer ties with the EU

6 July 2021
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Team Europe – accelerating recovery of Western Balkan SMEs from COVID-19 impact

5 July 2021
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The Western Balkans becomes a roaming free zone

1 July 2021
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Western Balkans Youth Forum 2021 kicks off today!

29 June 2021
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The pandemic reshapes TAIEX and Twinning

26 June 2021
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Construction work gets underway at the Port of Brčko

17 June 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders

11 June 2021
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New call for Young European Ambassadors

9 June 2021
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EU funded research shows polarised public trust in the media in BiH

4 June 2021
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Political agreement on €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument

4 June 2021
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The RCC presents winners of the BALKATHON 2.0 competition

2 June 2021
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Young designer from Albania wins Berlin Process logo competition

2 June 2021
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Training programme for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2 June 2021
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Open call for storytelling workshop for young people

28 May 2021
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Over €2 billion from EU to support culture, including Western Balkans

28 May 2021
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EIB supports urban regeneration and higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina

26 May 2021
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EU invests an additional €40 million to help ease impact of COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU supports local employment partnerships in BiH with €3.2 million

20 May 2021
Albania + 5
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Western Balkan Youth Talks: how can the EU connect better with youth?

11 May 2021
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EU Cohesion policy: EUSAIR kicks-off its 6th Annual Forum

11 May 2021
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#EuropeDay – the EU throws open its virtual doors!

7 May 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

3 May 2021
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EU Open Data Days – Shaping our future with open data

30 April 2021
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EU and EFSE unleash additional €40 million in response to the pandemic

30 April 2021
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TAIEX flagship event: taking the European Green Deal beyond EU borders

29 April 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU donates 200 oxygen cylinders to Sarajevo Canton health centres

23 April 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU supports improvement of water and sanitation systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina

23 April 2021
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The EU supports Western Balkans with a new project on prevention of radicalisation

23 April 2021
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The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

23 April 2021
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New home for displaced families in Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 April 2021
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The Power of a Hashtag – Online Youth Activism Event

13 April 2021
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Balkan Trafik festival celebrates its 15th anniversary online

13 April 2021
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Erasmus+ brings over €26.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation

31 March 2021
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EIB provides €40 million for improving the urban transport of Sarajevo

24 March 2021
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RYCO and EU fund new projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17 March 2021
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New Youth Newsroom for young journalists in South East Europe and Turkey

17 March 2021
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Additional €20 million in EU grants for Corridor Vc in BiH

12 March 2021
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EBRD supports mortgage lending in Bosnia and Herzegovina

9 March 2021
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EFSE facilitates prizes and visibility for women entrepreneurs in tech

5 March 2021
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EU and UN Women address the violence against women in the Western Balkans

5 March 2021
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RCC webinars on tourism products for new markets

5 March 2021
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RCC awards six innovative digital solution projects on tourism in the Western Balkans

2 March 2021
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Skills gap growing in EU neighbourhood

24 February 2021
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European Research Council kicks off Horizon Europe for 2021

22 February 2021
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Fighting coronavirus: EU support to health sector in Tuzla Canton

22 February 2021
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EU supports vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

19 February 2021
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EU launches the secretariat of a new initiative for coal regions in transition

19 February 2021
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Montenegro

18 February 2021
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Migration: EU Commissioner Johansson in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania

16 February 2021
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The EU provides €4 million to continue developing local employment partnerships in BiH

11 February 2021
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New apartments for people in need in BiH with EU support

8 February 2021
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Applications now open for 2021 EU Award for Roma integration

8 February 2021
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The EIB Group boosts financing for the Western Balkans in 2020

3 February 2021
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EBRD and EU boost resilience of small businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

3 February 2021
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Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches the 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

22 January 2021
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EU supports the recovery of entrepreneurs and farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

20 January 2021
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EU4AGRI project latest call offers BAM 3.5 million in support to agriculture in Bosnia and Herzegovina

22 December 2020
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The EU continues to help BiH to improve its education system with new €2.6 million project

22 December 2020
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“Between two empires” exhibition opens for visitors at the Užice National Museum in Serbia

4 November 2020
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EU continues to support investment in rural tourism

27 October 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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First EU – Western Balkans conference on media literacy and the fight against disinformation

29 September 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in the Western Balkans, including Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 August 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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The EU boosts youth employment in the Western Balkans with €10 million for small and medium enterprises

6 August 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU grant signed for €11.8 million for Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina

30 July 2020

Key milestones

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2008

July

Signature of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement & entry into force of the Interim Agreement on trade

2010

December

Visa-free travel to Schengen area

2015

June

Entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

2016

February

Bosnia and Herzegovina submits EU membership application

2019

May/December

Commission Opinion on EU membership application: 14 key priorities, endorsed by the EU Council conclusions

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