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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 16/06/2008
Date of Entry Into Force 01/06/2015
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement

Supporting efforts to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Contributing to political, economic and institutional stability in BiH and the wider region - Providing a framework for political dialogue, allowing for the development of close political relations between the EU and BiH - Supporting the development of economic cooperation and international cooperation in BiH, including through the approximation of its legislation to that of the Community - Supporting efforts to complete the transition to a market economy - Promoting harmonious economic relations and developing gradually a free trade area between BiH and the Community - Fostering regional cooperation in all fields covered by the agreement


The agreement expressly refers to the possibility of BiH to become a candidate country for membership of the EU. The agreement is to open political dialogue with BiH and for enhanced regional cooperation, including provisions on free trade areas between the countries of the region, the free trade area for within 5 years of entry into force of the agreement. BiH is committed to approximate its legislation to that of the EC, notably in the key areas of the internal market. The agreement is an important step in the establishment of a stable order based on cooperation within the framework of the EU’s stabilization and association process with the countries of south-eastern Europe, as well as within that of the stability pact for south-eastern Europe. An interim agreement is in place for implementing as quickly as possible the SAA. - The full association shall be progressively realised. No later than the third year after the entry into force of this Agreement, the Stabilisation and Association Council shall make a thorough review of the application of this Agreement. On the basis of this review the Stabilisation and Association Council shall evaluate progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina and may take decisions governing the following stages of association.

Relation and Association with Other Agreements -Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part
OJ Reference L164, 30/06/2015, p. 2
Depositary Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
Authentic Texts Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian , Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian , Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Eastern Europe
Authentic Texts Article 133 Agreement
Counter terrorism Article 85 Agreement
Counter terrorism Article 7 Agreement
Duration (Conditions) Article 129(1)-(2) Agreement
Entry into force conditions Article 134 Agreement
Fight against drugs Article 83 Agreement
Human rights Article 2 Agreement
Human rights - Suspension Article 129(3) Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 125 Agreement
Shortage Article 40 Agreement
Territorial application Article 131 Agreement
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Article 3 Agreement
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Article 10 (3) Agreement
Management Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (Art. 121)
Stabilisation and Association Committee (Art. 118)
Stabilisation and Association Council (Art. 115)
Other Links
Conclusion Date 30/04/2015
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision

Council and Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2015/998 of 21 April 2015 on the conclusion of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part; OJ L164 of 30/06/2015, p.548

Competence Mixed
Legal Basis Treaty EAEC: Article 101
Treaty FEU: Article 217
General Comments

Association Agreement ; Framework Agreement ; Comprehensive Agreement ; Stabilisation and Association Agreement ; SAA

Last Update :   22/03/2017