Bosnia set to submit EU membership request on 15 Feb.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will submit its request for European Union membership on 15 February, after it was invited by the Netherlands, the current EU chair, to do so, Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite presidency chairman Dragan Covic has said.

Dutch representative to the EU, Ambassador, Pieter de Gooijer, has recently sent a letter to Sarajevo, informing the Bosnian authorities that on behalf of the current EU Council presidency, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders would gladly receive Bosnia's membership request at a formal ceremony set for Monday, 15 February in Brussels, according to local media's reports on Saturday.

The relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU bloc are being currently regulated by a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), and in order to submit the above-mentioned request, it is necessary to have agreement about a Coordination Mechanism and to adjust the SAA segments regulating the traditional regime of trade, primarily with Croatia.

Covic was quoted by the media as saying the 15 February would be a historic date.

He also expects the conferring of a candidate status to Bosnia next year.

Last update: Sun, 24/01/2016 - 15:50

More from Balkan

Djukanovic won't continue as Montenegrin prime minister

Montenegro's longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will not continue as the government head despite just having...

International community says Bosnian Serb entity is glorifying war criminals

Representatives of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday condemned the glorification by...

Investigators question Serb entity referendum commission chair

The chairman of a commission which organised an unlawful referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity on September 25 was...

Bosnia and Iran to strengthen economic ties

Bosnia and Herzegovina will strengthen economic ties with Iran and measures will follow to change the current strict...

Serbia arrests people suspected of illegal activities against Montenegro

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday evening that a few people had been arrested in Serbia in...