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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 23 December 2013

EU to grant EUR 41.9 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brussels, 23 December 2013 – Today the European Commission adopted the 2013 national programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The funds available amount to EUR 41.9 million. This is EUR 45 million less than initially envisaged. Since Bosnia and Herzegovina is at a standstill in the European integration process, the European Commission could not justify providing the full amount of previously envisaged pre-accession aid to the country. Unlike development aid, IPA is specifically designed to help countries with their pre-accession reforms.

The programme focuses on projects directly benefitting the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These include support to the justice sector and the fight against money laundering, support for refugees and internally displaced persons, social inclusion in education, demining, Roma and SME development.

The allocation of EUR 41.9 million comes on top of the EUR 16.4 million already committed this year to Bosnia and Herzegovina via the Multi-Beneficiary Programme to support refugees, education and civil society.

For more information:

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/instruments/funding-by-country/bosnia-herzegovina/index_en.htmBosnia and Herzegovina financial assistance

Contacts :

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

For the public: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or by e-mail


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