Senior EU official for Bosnia says country could join union in 2020.

By bne IntelliNews September 22, 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina may realistically join the European Union in 2020, and not in 2014 as some claim, the EU High Representative and Special Representative (HR/EUSR) for the federation Valentin Inzko told reporters at the European Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Visas for BiH citizens traveling to the EU are very likely to be lifted by the end of 2010, which will be of enormous symbolical value to the people, added the Austrian diplomat who assumed his post as EU High Representative for BiH in late March 2009. According to Inzko, the EU no longer regarded the closing of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in the country, as an absolute prerequisite for it to submit an EU membership application, the SRNA news agency reported. The OHR in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ad hoc international institution responsible for overseeing the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the war in the country in the 1990s.

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