Bosnia and Herzegovina
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).
Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy
The EU continues to deploy considerable resources in Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The current EU Special Representative (EUSR), Peter Sorensen, is also Head of the Delegation of the European Union.
The EUFOR/Althea mission continues to be present in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following an improved security situation, EU EUFOR/Althea forces were reduced from 6000 to around 2000. The mandate of the EU Police Mission (EUPM) has been extended until the end of June 2012. The EUPM continues to focus on police reform, as well as the fight against organised crime and corruption.