The government of Sweden and the Bosnian Council of Ministers signed an agreement on assistance to the Directorate for European Integration in the amount of €72,000, over a period of three years.
Swedish Ambassador Anders Hagelberg said: “The place for Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the EU. This spring the EU will take a substantial step for the future accession of the countries of the Western Balkans, which will be demonstrated in the European Commission’s Enlargement Strategy, to be presented tomorrow (February 6). This provides a significant window of opportunity for BiH to take further steps to make an EU membership a reality. Joint and committed efforts are needed. This agreement demonstrates the commitment of Sweden to facilitate the EU integration of BiH and to do its part to contribute to BiH becoming a member state.”
The project aims to strengthen the capacities of the DEI/NIPAC Office to effectively and efficiently coordinate utilization of IPA II funds following the sector approach. In 2018, Sweden is providing bilateral development assistance to Bosnia amounting to around €16 million, which contributes to Bosnia coming closer to membership in the EU. The development cooperation is focused on economic development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality, environment and climate.