Substantial Change on the Horizon? A Monitoring Report on the EU’s New Bosnia and Herzegovina Initiative

Product details
Date of Publication
März 2017
Publisher
hbs, DPC
Number of Pages
42
Licence
All rights reserved.
Language of publication
Englisch
Table of contents

Executiev Summary ........................................................................................................................ I
I. INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 1
II. STEPS UNDERTAKEN WITHIN THE EU-INITIATIVE ......................................................................... 4
Step 1: Written Commitment – SAA enactment ............................................................................... 4
Reform Agenda compilation ...........................................................................................................5
Step 2: Non-credible membership application by self-invitation .....................................................6
Towards Step 3: Commissioner Hahn’s March 2016 conditions, Brussels deadline(s)...................... 8
Condition One: Reform Agenda implementation progress .............................................................. 8
Condition Two: Adaptation of the SAA Trade Agreement – unity in surrender ................................. 9
Condition Three: The coordination mechanism .............................................................................. 11
The “non-condition”: publication of the 2013 census results ......................................................... 13
Step 3: The GAC September 20, 2016 decision .............................................................................. 16
III. ANALYSIS OF REFORM AGENDA-RELATED REFORMS UNDERTAKEN SO FAR ................................ 17
Labor market: The new entity labor laws ....................................................................................... 18
Business climate and competitiveness ........................................................................................... 20
State-owned enterprises ............................................................................................................... 22
Public finance, taxation and fiscal sustainability ............................................................................ 22
Pension, health care and social welfare reform .............................................................................. 24
Public administration reform ......................................................................................................... 25
Rule of law .................................................................................................................................... 26
“Selected functionality question” ................................................................................................... 28
General assessment ...................................................................................................................... 28
IV. THE OPERATIONAL MECHANICS ............................................................................................... 29
The EU’s relationship with domestic authorities ............................................................................ 29
EU internal operations .................................................................................................................. 29
The role of member states ............................................................................................................ 30
The role of non-EU actors – the US................................................................................................ 30
Division of work between the EU and IFIs (World Bank, IMF) .......................................................... 31
Lack of transparency: the role of parliaments, civil society and citizens ........................................ 33
V. CONCLUSIONS .......................................................................................................................... 34