Bosnia and Herzegovina and SIGMA


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Status: EU potential candidate
Capital City: Sarajevo
Population: 3.8 million
Currency: Convertible mark (BAM)


The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) came into force on 1 June 2015. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its application to join the EU on 15 February 2016 and is now a potential candidate for membership.

On 29 May 2019, the Commission adopted its Opinion on the EU membership application of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Opinion is a milestone in EU-Bosnia and Herzegovina relations, confirming that the EU is committed to guide and support the country in undertaking the necessary reforms on its path towards European integration.

The Commission Opinion identifies 14 key priorities for the country to fulfil in order to be recommended for the opening of EU accession negotiations; it provides a comprehensive roadmap for incremental reforms. The key priorities cover the areas of democracy/functionality; rule of law; fundamental rights; and public administration reform – the fundamentals of the EU accession process.

SIGMA is supporting the public administration reform efforts of BiH and is currently working with:

  • The PAR Co-ordinators Office and other relevant institutions on methodological guidance for the development of a new Action Plan for the PAR Strategy, as well as part of its monitoring and reporting framework.

  • The relevant units of the centre of government institutions of all levels of the BiH administration to support implementation of regulatory impact assessment and facilitate internal co-operation.

  • The respective ministries at different BiH levels on improving the legislative framework in the area of civil service, in co-operation with the EU Delegation.

  • The respective ministries at different BiH levels on improving the legislative framework in the area of free access to public information.

  • The BrĨko District in supporting their efforts to reorganise the public administration.  

  • The respective ministries at different BiH levels on the implementation of specific measures and actions for the Public Financial Management Reform Strategy and Action Plan.

  • The respective Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) at different BiH levels with a review of how they have implemented the standards for SAIs and the SAI of BiH on the development of their communication strategy. 



Related links


Country co-ordination


Monitoring report 2017 - Methodological annex

The Principles of Public Administration for EU candidate countries and potential candidates

Enlargement's strategy and reports

Publications in Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian (BSC)

More publications

EU relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina

News on Bosnia and Herzegovina

More countries

Events calendar

Marian LemkeSIGMA staff member Marian Lemke

Country manager
Tel: +33 1 45 24 13 18



Maggie RedmondSIGMA staff member Maggie Redmond

Project Co-ordinator
Tel: +33 1 45 24 83 56


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