Friday, August 8, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (August 8,2008) - The German Ambassador to Bosnia, Joachim Schmidt who took over his duty at the end of July said that the picture he got until now is a very clear one - Bosnia has to face a lot of challenges in months and years to come.

Ambassador Schmidt primarily referred to means and ways of reaffirming further political stabilisation of Bosnia, which means transition of the Office of the Internationa Community's High Representative in Bosnia (OHR) into the Office of the EU Special Representative (EUSR). and conditions which have to be fulfilled in order to achieve this.

He also mentioned further possibilities for progress after signing the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Bosnia and the EU “Which was a great step for the country but also there are a lot of steps to be done in months and years to come”.

The last but not the least, Ambassador Schmidt underlined visa regime liberalization between Bosnia and the EU.

Agreement on visa regime liberalization entered force on January 1 2008 which meant significant improvement of possibilities for traveling to EU countries for the Bosnian citizens and the European Commission on June 5 handed the Road Map to Bosnia for the visa regime liberalization.

Ambassador Schmidt hopes that Bosnia will make enough progress to achieve complete visa liberalization with EU in near future.

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