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Bosnia Faces Loss of 25 Million in EU Funds

After Bosnia already lost around 10 million euro in EU pre-accession assistance, due to disputes over project implementation, the EU is mulling whether to suspend more funds.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

The EU's Instruments of Pre-Accession Assistance Committee is to discuss Bosnia's on-going and planned projects from the program of 2008-2012 on September 10 and decide whether to cut funding earmarked for Bosnia by 25 million euro.  

Projects from IPA for agriculture and rural development worth 5 million euro were recently suspended as was 4.5 million euro planned for small and medium enterprises and tourism.

The IPA Committee is to decide on Tuesday whether to terminate these projects for good, as well as projects planned in the field of transport and social inclusion.

“Bosnia and Herzegovina could lose 25 million euro of IPA funds overall,” the spokesperson of the EU delegation to Bosnia, Jamila Milovic-Halilovic, told Balkan Insight.

The core problem is the failure of Bosnia and its two autonomous entities to agree on ways to implement EU-funded projects.

IPA funding is designed to assist political and economic reforms to countries on the path to EU membership.


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