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EU Official Warns Bosnia May Lose Funds Over Political Tensions


Nebojsa Radmanovic, one of the three members of Bosnia's ethnically based presidency (file photo)

Nebojsa Radmanovic, one of the three members of Bosnia's ethnically based presidency (file photo)

A European Union official has warned that Bosnia may lose 96 million euros in EU pre-accession funds because of political bickering by its rival regions.

Andy McGuffie, the EU spokesman in Bosnia, said the tensions have endangered Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds for Bosnia for 2011, the European Commission's help to regional governments meant to harmonize their legislation with EU standards.

Constant tensions between Bosnia's two entities, the Muslim-Croat federation and Republika Srpska, have delayed reforms needed for the integration into the European Union and NATO, and have blocked the formation of the central government eleven months after an October vote.

compiled from Reuters reports

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