European Western Balkans

Public Discussion “The Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina” to be organised in Belgrade

BiH and EU flags; Photo: European Commission

BELGRADE – The European Fund for the Balkans in cooperation with the weekly “Vreme” are organizing the public discussion focused on “The Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. It will be held Thursday in Mikser House. This is the first, from the three public discussions scheduled for April and May in Sarajevo and Zagreb.

As the title of the discussion, the Bosnia and Herzegovina seems like it is “frozen” in 1995, when the bloodshed war was brought to an end with the Dayton Agreement. The ethnic borders are still persistent, the social and economic situation is alarming despite the generous donations from the West, and the unwieldy state and constitutional construction is paralysing the functioning of the state.

Twenty-two years after the cease of fire, there are still open questions about the sustainability of the Dayton agreement solutions, the need for their revision and the possible directions for making those changes? The overall impression is that beside all this, many new issues arise on everyday basis, heating up the political flames and the general societal atmosphere.

Is there a future for Bosnia and Herzegovina? What needs to be done for it to become a functioning state? How one nationally divided state can be transformed into a citizens’ society? What measures should be undertaken, so that Bosnia and Herzegovina gets closer to the EU Standards.

All these and many other important questions will be discussed with the invited speakers – Dejan Jović, Political scientist and Analyst, Nenad Kecmanović, Professor of Political Science, Srđan Puhalo, Political Analyst and Social Psychologist, and Nebojša Vladisavljević, Political Scientist. Moderator of the discussion is Dejan Anastasijević, Journalist, “Vreme” Weekly.

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