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Bosnia and the EU

Latest business news about Bosnia Herzegovina and the European Union.

Western Balkans: a credible enlargement perspective
The European Commission adopted on 6 February a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans'.

Post-visa liberalisation monitoring for the Western Balkan countries - Fifth Report
The European Commission published on 25 February its fifth assessment of the functioning of the visa-free scheme with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The fifth post visa liberalisation report on the Western Balkans shows that more measures are necessary to maintain the integrity of the visa-free scheme and to address potential abuses of the EU asylum system.

Next steps for EU enlargement
The European Commission has recommended for a fourth time to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania subject to completion of key reform steps, and proposes negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo once it has made progress in fulfilling a number of short term priorities. The Commission also confirmed that Croatia is on track in its membership preparations. In a set of annual reports, the Commission also assesses the progress towards EU accession made elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Turkey, and Iceland over the past year.

International Tax Guide Bosnia and Herzegovina (Deloitte)
Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on Taxation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: country overview
Bosnia and Herzegovina - along with other Western Balkans countries – was identified as a potential candidate for EU membership during the Thessaloniki European Council summit in June 2003. Since then, a number of agreements between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina have entered into force - visa facilitation and readmission agreements (2008), Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade-related issues (2008). The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) has been ratified and entered into force on 1 June 2015.

EU Assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina
The overall objective of all the EU assistance provided is to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Economy Overview
In 2009, Bosnia's economy was hurt by the global financial downturn, with GDP, exports, and employment all showing declines. One of Bosnia's main challenges has been to cut public sector wages and social benefits to meet the IMF's budget deficit criteria and qualify for additional tranches of Fund aid.

Starting a business in Bosnia and Herzegovina
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Contacts of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Investment Climate 2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has made considerable efforts to open its economy to more foreign investment. Major initiatives include a liberal State Foreign Investment Policy Law, a value-added tax (VAT), and a uniform trade and customs policy.

EU-Bosnia and Herzegovina Stabilisation and Association Agreement and Interim Agreement - guide
The European Union's Interim Agreement (IA) with Bosnia and Herzegovina entered into force on 1 July 2008. The IA effectively creates a free trade area, with progressive opening of the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating economic and social development. The two sides signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and the IA on 16 June in Luxembourg. Until the ratification process is finalised the trade provisions of the SAA are applied through the IA.

Bosnia Herzegovina country profile
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a potential candidate country of the European Union.