Germany established diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992 and has for many years been funding conflict prevention projects through the Regional Cooperation Council (formerly the…
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
If economically strong and stable democracies develop in South-Eastern Europe, both Germany and the EU stand to benefit.
The European Commission’s new strategy for the Western Balkans reaffirms the region’s EU perspective but also makes it clear that there is a long way to go before the six countries can join the EU. Germany is providing extensive support for the necessary reforms.
Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth received a delegation from the newly founded Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans at the Federal Foreign Office on 5 December.