Full House During Discussions on Impact of EU Accession at Local Level in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A round table entitled “Analysis of the Impact of the Process of EU Accession on local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)” was organized on 16th October 2018 in Banja Luka. The event was co-organised by the Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Republic of Srpska, Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of BiH, and the Swedish Association Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), which jointly implement the project entitled “Strengthening the Associations of Municipalities and Cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina” with the financial support of the governments of Sweden and Switzerland.

Areas in focus for the discussions were: employment and social policy, regional policy, public procurement, environmental protection, communal policy and rural development. Participants were presented with draft findings in the six thematic areas in an effort to collect input to a final report to be launched early 2019. The role of local governments during Croatia’s accession process was presented as a recent regional example. The importance and impact of the EU in the daily operations of Swedish municipalities was presented by SALAR, as were Swedish experiences of the accession process.

Participants of the meeting were representatives of the Embassy of Sweden and Switzerland in BiH, the EU Delegation to BiH, the Directorate for European Integration of BiH, the relevant entity ministries, cantonal authorities, the members of the Associations of Municipalities and Towns of the Republika Srpska / Federation BiH, members of the Assembly of the Associations and project consultants.

The round table was highlighted in several local media articles: