Ambassador’s Blog

Welcome to the EU Ambassador’s blog!

Ambassador Johann Sattler is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 1 September 2019.

He returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019, having been posted to Sarajevo and Tirana as part of European Community Monitoring Mission back in 1997. More recently, he was the Austrian Ambassador to Albania.

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Russia is on the wrong side of history – no amount of propaganda will obscure this

Diplomats are used to operating within a framework of nuance and careful language. Often we get criticised for it, but it remains necessary for our work. This also requires us not to have any political preferences and try to understand and respect all perspectives.

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My wish for Europe Day: a continent united in peace and security

In the past few days, I have attended Europe Day events in Travnik, Trebinje and Sarajevo and met sportspersons, cultural figures, business owner...

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When responding to disasters, we are stronger when we work together

Last week, people in Herzegovina were shaken by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. It abruptly ended the life of Elmira Sefo and caused many others to be wounded. It was a painful reminder that natural disasters come unannounced and care not for politics, borders or identity.

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The need for BiH to transition to affordable and available renewable energy is clear

Blog by the Head of the Delegation of the EU to BiH and the EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Johann Sattler...

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The place of an independent, sovereign BiH is in the EU

Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina marks the 30th anniversary of its independence. Anniversaries are not only a time to celebrate but also a time for reflection.

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Tourism: Time for a New Approach

Tourism can – and should – be an engine of prosperity, but the potential isn’t being tapped. The Sarajevo-Pale path can serve as a model fo...

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