EU Commission to recommend Bosnia-Herzegovina be granted EU candidate status

The European Commission will recommend granting candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of its annual enlargement report on Wednesday (12 October), EURACTIV has learnt.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been a potential candidate for EU membership since 2003 and formally applied for it in February 2016 and the Commission identified in 2019 14 key priorities for the country to fulfil in view of opening EU accession negotiations.

The European Commission’s recommendation will not immediately change BiH’s chances of obtaining candidate status, but would be a message that would help in the implementation of the necessary reforms and the fulfilment of conditions by the country, people familiar with the matter told EURACTIV.

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