Road to Europe

Road to Europe

This section contains a number of useful documents for understanding European integration and the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP).

There are three documents relating to Bosnia's position in the Council of Europe. The first, an opinion of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on Bosnia's Application for Membership of the Council of Europe from January 2002 , contains the list of post-accession commitments. There is also a Report and Parliamentary Assembly Resolution on whether Bosnia is honouring its obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe, which criticise the use of non-democratic practices by the international mission in Bosnia.

There are several documents explaining the SAP as it applies to South Eastern Europe, including the Final Declarations from the EU summits in Zagreb (November 2000) and Thessaloniki (June 2003) and the European Commission's Third Annual Report on the SAP for South East Europe of March 2004.

Regarding Bosnia's progress in the SAP, the EU Road Map of March 2000 set down 18 pre-conditions for Bosnia to qualify for a Feasibility Study on concluding a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). In November 2003, the Feasibility Study established further conditions before negotiations on an SAA could begin. The BiH Stabilisation and Association Report of March 2004 assesses Bosnia's progress through the process.

As a guide to future steps in the process, we have included the Croatian Feasibility Study and Stabilisation and Association Agreement. More information on Croatia's SAA process can be found on the Croatian Ministry for European Integration website.

Concerning EU assistance to Bosnia and the Western Balkans, we include the European Commission's BiH Country Strategy Paper 2002-2006 and the CARDS Regional Strategy Paper 2002-2006. There are also two ESI papers: Western Balkans 2004 and The Road to Thessaloniki, discussing the nature of EU assistance to the region.

  1. Council of Europe (CoE): Parliamentary Assembly - Opinion No. 234: Bosnia and Herzegovina's application for membership of the Council of Europe, January 2002
  2. Council of Europe (CoE): Parliamentary Assembly - Resolution 1383 (2004): Honouring of obligations and commitments by Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2004
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  3. Council of Europe (CoE): Parliamentary Assembly - Report 10200: Honouring of obligations and commitments by Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2004
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  4. European Commission (EC): CARDS Assistance Programme to the Western Balkans, Regional Strategy Paper 2002 - 2006
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  5. European Commission (EC): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Country Strategy Paper 2002 - 2006
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  6. European Commission (EC): Report from the Commission - The Stabilisation and Association Process for South East Europe, Second annual report, March 2003
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  7. European Commission (EC): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stabilisation and Association Report 2003, March 2003
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  8. European Commission (EC): Report from the Commission on the feasibility of negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Croatia, May 2000
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  9. European Commission (EC): Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Croatia, July 2001
  10. European Commission (EC): Final Declaration - Zagreb Summit 24 November 2000
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  11. European Commission (EC): Report on the Preparedness of Bosnia and Herzegovina to negotiate a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union (Feasability Study), November 2003
  12. European Commission (EC): Report from the Commission - The Stabilisation and Association Process for South East Europe, Third annual report, March 2004
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  13. European Commission (EC): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stabilisation and Association Report 2004
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  14. European Stability Initiative (ESI): The Road to Thessaloniki, Cohesion and the Western Balkans, March 2003
  15. European Stability Initiative (ESI): Western Balkans 2004, Assistance, cohesion and the new boundaries of Europe, November 2002
  16. European Union (EU): EU Road Map - Steps to be taken by Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare for a launch of a Feasibility Study
  17. European Union (EU): The White Paper
    Requirements for the Integration into the Internal Market of the European Union and the membership in the Union
  18. European Union (EU): Stabilisation and Association Process in short
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  19. European Union (EU): Thessaloniki European Council 19/20 June 2003 - Presidency Conclusions
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  20. European Union (EU): EU - Western Balkan Summit, Thessalonica 19/20 June 2003 - Declaration
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  21. Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy: The European Union and the Balkans - From Stabilisation Process to Southeastern Enlargement, September 2002
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