Key Dates

29 May 2019: The European Commission issues its Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership

February 2018: 

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities deliver to President Juncker and Commissioner Hahn the answers to the Questionnaire
  • The European Commission adopts its strategy for “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans.

9 December 2016: The European Commission’s Questionnaire handed over to Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 September 2016: The EU Council invites the European Commission to submit its opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership

15 February 2016: Bosnia and Herzegovina submits application for EU membership

1 June 2015: Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and BiH enters fully into force

15 December 2010: Visa free regime introduced for all BiH citizens having biometric passport

31 July 2008: BiH and the EC signed the Financing Agreement for the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) 2007 National Programme

1 July 2008: Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related issues enters into force

16 June 2008: European Commission and BiH signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related issues

5 June 2008: European Commission presented the Roadmap setting out benchmarks for visa liberalisation

26 May 2008: Visa liberalisation dialogue launched

20 February 2008: Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the IPA Framework Agreement

18 February 2008: A new European Partnership is adopted by the Council

1 January 2008: Visa facilitation and readmission agreements enters into force

December 2007: Following Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s assessment that there is sufficient agreement on reforms among BiH political leaders, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina is initialled in Sarajevo.

December 2006: SAA Technical negotiations between the EU and BiH are successfully completed. However, the Agreement cannot be initialled and formally concluded due to lack of progress on key reforms.

November 2005: SAA negotiations between the EU and BiH are officially launched.

October 2005: The EC judges that BiH has made sufficient progress in the implementation of the Feasibility Study reforms and recommends starting SAA negotiations.

June 2004: the EU adopts the first European Partnership for BiH (amended in 2006).

November 2003: The EC produces a Feasibility Study assessing BiH’s capacity to implement a future SAA. The study concludes that negotiations should start once BiH has made progress on 16 key priorities

June 2003: Thessaloniki Summit; the SAP is confirmed as the EU policy for the Western Balkans. The EU perspective for these countries is confirmed

2001: First year of the new CARDS programme, specifically designed for the Stabilisation and Association countries.

November 2000: Zagreb Summit; the SAP is officially endorsed by the EU and the Western Balkan countries (including BiH)

June 2000: The European Council states that all the Stabilisation and Association countries are “potential candidates” for EU membership

May 1999: The EU proposes the new Stabilisation and Association Process for five countries of South-Eastern Europe, including BiH

June 1998: the EU-BiH Consultative Task Force (CTF) is established

1997: Regional Approach. The EU establishes political and economic conditionality for the development of bilateral relations.