The 2019 annual meeting to review the planning and implementation of the EU funds for Bosnia and Herzegovina took place in Sarajevo on Wednesday.
The meeting gathered stakeholders from all levels of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s administration, the European Union as well as representatives of the EU Member States and civil society as observers. It was co-chaired by Edin Dilberovic, National IPA Coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Michela Matuella, Head of Unit for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Directorate General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
The review focused on the results achieved in all sectors which benefit from EU funding, namely democracy and governance, rule of law and fundamental rights, competitiveness, innovation and agricultural and rural development, environment, energy and transport as well as education, employment and social policies.
The discussion also focused on how the future funding can help Bosnia and Herzegovina deliver on the reform priorities set by the European Commission Opinion on country’s EU membership application.
In preparation for the upcoming new financial assistance package for the period 2021-2027, representatives of the EU reiterated the necessity for authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to find adequate internal arrangements for accelerating the implementation of programs, improve effectiveness and ensure visibility of the results achieved for the benefit of country’s citizens.
The civil society organizations in Bosnia were invited to engage more closely in all phases of the policy cycle, from planning, programming and implementation to monitoring of the results in sectors of the EU assistance.
The EU provides approximately EUR 530 million in the period 2014-2020, being the main donor partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina.