Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik, Ljudevita Gaja 1, Ban Jelačić Rm, 1st floor

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 10:00-12:15

The Institute for Development and International Relations and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invite you to a round table discussion “An engaged neighbour – Croatia’s foreign policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

To Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is an important neighbour, a fact that calls for ongoing engagement in a number of policy areas. The geographical proximity and past history create a rich agenda for active political, economic and cultural relations. Challenges that both countries face in their daily existence require both countries to join efforts in solving a number of open issues and to uphold the existing relationship.

This roundtable is the 3rd organized by IRMO and FES on this topic. Two previous events were organized last year – in June and November 2014. The Juneeven discussed the impact of the 2014 social protests in BiH, while at the November event we discussed the German-British initiative (which evolved into the European Initiative for BiH) just two days after it was announced in Berlin.

At this roundtable, we want to discuss how Croatia’s policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina has been conducted in the previous four years and how it may be shaped in the mandate of the next government?

Just as a reminder, Croatia is a co-signatory to the Dayton Peace Agreement (which this November marks the 20th anniversary) and to the Washington Agreement which created the Federation BiH. Moreover, quite many Bosnian Croats and other citizens of BiH possess Croatian citizenship and are granted a right to vote in general elections in Croatia. These and other facts impact on Croatia’s policy towards BiH, which Croatia, as the newest EU member state, is trying to frame within its broader foreign policy outlook.

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