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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

30.10.07: Bosnian major parties sign declaration on police reform - 0 views

  • The presidents of Bosnia’s six major parties making up the parliamentary majority signed on Sunday a police reform declaration, which is expected to remove obstacles to the initialing and signing of a pre-membership agreement with the EU.The European Unione xecutive welcomes Bosnian agreement on police reform.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

24.10.2006: Bosnia (BiH) urged to restart reforms after elections - 0 views

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    "The reform process came to a standstill before the elections.The reform process howevermust be restarted not next month, not in January, but now," the UN and the EU's Bosnia envoy Christian Schwarz-Schilling said.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

06.10.2006: Results of elections in Bosnia-Hercegovina - 0 views

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    The fifth postwar general election has brought around 53 percent of voters to the polls. [...] This election has proved the constitutional structure's highly negative impact on the voting system.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - 0 views

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    Reporting the Balkans on its path to Europe. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network trains journalists across the region to produce investigations and analysis designed to spark debate on European issues.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Examples for CARDS-projects by country and by sector - 0 views

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    Almonst 100 examples for projects - each with a short description - financed by CARDS in the countries of the Western Balkans.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

European partnerships with the Balkans - 0 views

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    Description of the European Partnerships, an instrument which has been established in March 2004 in order to prepare the countries of the Western Balkans for greater integration with the EU, as they are recognised as potential candidates for membership.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

International Commission on the Balkans (4/2005), Report: The Balkans in Europe's Future - 0 views

  • Almost a decade after the Dayton Agreement, and almost five years after the fall of the Milosevic regime in Belgrade, the Western Balkans are a relatively stable region with no military conflicts, no ongoing ethnic cleansing, where elections are free, if not always fair. In Thessaloniki in June 2003, the European Union committed itself to integrating the countries from the region. But what does this commitment really mean?
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

24.01.07: Schwarz-Schilling - 0 views

  • Over the last six months, all progress on meeting the requirements of EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement has indeed stalled, and along with it all progress toward European integration. At the same time, the territorial integrity of the country again is open to question, as Bosnian Serbs threaten secession in the event of Kosovo's independence from Serbia. Schwarz-Schilling was wrong-footed in his dealings with the wily premier of Republika Srpska, RS, Milorad Dodik, who last year called for a referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.01.07: Reality dawns - possible implications of Ahtisaari's proposal for the region - 0 views

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    "Now that the UN Kosovo envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented his proposal for the territory's future status to the "contact group" of international overseers, there is little doubt that Kosovo is going to become independent. Not immediately, though. Ahtisaari's report will not be published before he presents it to Belgrade and Pristina on 2 February. Most leaks accompanying his 26 January meeting with the group (the U.S., Russia, France, the U.K, Italy, and Germany), however, spoke of a mechanism enabling Kosovo to gradually take control of its own affairs and seek membership of international institutions." [...]
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

25.01.07: Bosnia -> Constitution reform setback - 0 views

  • Four months after parliamentary elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the future of the country's constitutional reform package remains unclear. While some parties maintain that amendments agreed last April should be carried through, others are urging a totally fresh start. With politicians, analysts, legal experts and the international community divided, a question mark still hangs over the country's future set-up.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

08.02.07: Important decisions to be made by the International Community concerning Bosn... - 0 views

  • SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina | The pending decision on Kosovo’s status and Serbia’s recent election results are consuming what little attention policy-makers give the Balkans these days. But by the end of February, over a decade of international efforts to forge a lasting peace and the ultimate integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European mainstream will come down to one critical set of decisions. Late January saw the overdue and ill-camouflaged firing of Christian Schwarz-Schilling from the top job in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) and as EU special representative in Bosnia. In his face-saving announcement that he had decided not to seek an extension of his mandate, Schwarz-Schilling stated that OHR should not close as scheduled at the end of June. This judgment is almost certainly going to be confirmed in late February, when the Peace Implementation Council, the ad-hoc grouping of governments and international institutions that oversees the OHR, meets in Brussels.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

16.02.07: EU entry carrot not enough for Bosnia - 0 views

  • The EU should take over as the main international player in Bosnia after the UN's office in the ex-Yugoslav country is closed by the end of this year, according to a new NGO report which also suggests Europe needs more than just enlargement promises to overcome Bosnia's ethnic divisions.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

15.03.07: EU warns Bosnia: No SAA without police reform and cooperation with the Hague - 0 views

  • Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn gave a clear signal to Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying that the EU will not consider closer ties unless the country makes progress on reforming its police and co-operating with the UN War Crimes Tribunal.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

02.03.07: EU and police reform in Bosnia - 0 views

  • Nearly 18 months ago Bosnia's biggest parties signed on to police reform according to three principles spelled out by the European Commission as a condition of further integration into the European Union. Despite their ardent desire to cozy up to the EU and move toward full membership, Bosnia's leaders have made hardly any progress on turning the agreement into tangible change. An attempt by the international community's chief executive in Bosnia, the Office of the High Representative, to move things forward failed last week, with Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) leaders boycotting one round of talks. So why is this particular reform proving so difficult?
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

22.02.07: Situation in Bosnia before the meeting of the Peace Immplementation Council - 0 views

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    [...] Next week could see a change in Bosnia's governing structure, as the fate of the country's Office of the High Representative (OHR) is debated by the countries and organizations that created that office in 1995.
    At issue is whether the high representative will officially become an envoy of the European Union, a hat the two most recent office-holders have worn anyway. Also in question is whether the high representative will keep the so-called Bonn Powers, which enable him or her to fire officials and impose legislation.
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