Bosnia endorses SAA alignment on traditional trade

The Bosnian Council of Ministers in Sarajevo on Tuesday endorsed a report on the completion of negotiations on the alignment of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) on traditional trade, on which Croatia insisted and which is one of the European Union's conditions for granting Bosnia and Herzegovina's request for membership candidate status.

The ministers sent the report to the Bosnian Presidency for approval.

Alongside a mechanism for coordinating European affairs, the alignment of the SAA is the key prerequisite for winning EU membership candidate status.

An interim trade agreement between Bosnia and the EU is part of the SAA, which was signed in 2008. When it joined the EU in mid-2013, Croatia became entitled to the duty free export of its goods to Bosnia. For nearly two and a half years, Bosnian authorities refused to negotiate the alignment, but the European Commission made the settlement of this issue conditional on Bosnia's progress towards EU membership.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

More from Balkan

Serbia, Slovenia want stronger economic cooperation, PMs say

Slovenia and Serbia are satisfied with their political relations and it is the interest and will of both to advance...

Serb entity parliament marks 25th anniversary of self-styled assembly

The Bosnian Serb entity authorities on Monday organised an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the...

Offices set on fire in refugee camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Containers used as offices by an EU asylum body were set alight on Monday in the latest incident of violence at a...

Serbia and Slovenia to hold joint govt meeting

A joint meeting of the governments of Serbia and Slovenia is scheduled for Monday in Belgrade, says a a press...

800 victims from Huda Jama mass grave to be reburied in Maribor

Remains of about 800 victims unearthed from the disused Slovenian mine of Huda Jama, one of the largest multiple...