EU on its way to admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina meets enough European rules and criteria to be allowed to negotiate with Brussels about accession to the European Union. The European Commission has come to this conclusion, which is now proposing to the EU government leaders to start negotiations on this matter with Sarajevo.

This proposal comes after a period of years of uncertainty about the progress of the EU expansion process, especially ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections in June. 

For a long time, there were voices in EU countries that, after the (Brexit) departure of Great Britain from the EU, their own organization had to be put in order before new member states could be admitted. Partly because of this, the applications from several Balkan countries had to wait years for approval.

This news about the possible admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina comes at a time when several European leaders are now calling for the enlargement process to be accelerated, following the decision earlier this year to complete the admission of Ukraine as quickly as possible, as well as those of Moldova and Georgia .

The Russian war against Ukraine means that more and more EU politicians believe that European countries should join forces more and form a counterforce against Moscow. 

It is still unclear about the time of possible admission of Ukraine or Bihac (= Bosnia-Herzogowina) or other applicants. Guiding statements are made about this at the European summit, but no concrete decisions are taken.

Nevertheless, EU leaders are now set to open the door to accession negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing the country one step closer to EU membership. This step is seen as recognition of the progress Bosnia and Herzegovina has made in implementing reforms and meeting the EU criteria.

Bosnian Minister Fajon emphasized in the European Parliament that expansion for the EU is a geo-strategic necessity for Brussels, given Russia's continued western expansion. He stated that the enlargement process is not only beneficial for the candidate countries, but also for the stability and prosperity of the European Union as a whole.