Bakir IZETBEGOVIĆ, Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visits Catherine ASHTON, EU High Representative / EC Vice-President: roundtable
Première transmission: 23/06/2011
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 23/06/2011
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative / EC Vice-President welcomes Bakir Izetbegović, Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They mainly discussed EU accession matter.
Serbia has fulfilled nearly all the Hague Tribunal’s requirements. It extradited Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military leader accused of war crimes, thus removing the final obstacle to EU accession talks.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a potential candidate country for EU accession following the Thessaloniki European Council of June 2003. On 16 June 2008 the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) which will enter into force once its ratification process has been completed. An Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade-related issues , which was signed on the same day, entered into force on 1 July 2008. The European Commission launched a visa liberalisation dialogue with Bosnia and Herzegovina on 26 May 2008. A new European partnership with Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted by the Council on 18 February 2008. On 1 January 2008 the visa facilitation and readmission agreements entered into force. The EU also continues to be present in Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy.
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||Bakir Izetbegović, Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visits Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative / EC Vice-President hand shake and photo opportunity (2 shots)