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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)
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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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by: Sinisa
September 15, 2011 07:24
The initial plan of 96 million is jeopardized by Serb leader Milorad Dodik. His idea in regards to these pre-accession funds is that mid-level should get all the money and state level should get none. And if out of these 96 million, modest sum of 8 million should go to the state level, Dodik will block the entire package. Such destructive politics of Milorad Dodik are the key problem holding Bosnia back. He is the one undermining the country, he is the one being warned for violating peace agreement at the UN Security Council and he is the who has to be isolated if we are to help Bosnia and it's people.

by: Mirza
September 15, 2011 14:52
Bosnia's Governmenet agreed last week to a reduced list of IPA projects, worth 88 million euros. It agreed that the funds pledged for the four projects should go instead to regional cross-border cooperation projects.

But the Muslim-Croat federation government on Tuesday rejected the reduced programme and said it would reconsider its support for it.

This is clearly stated in the news feeds....not Dodik but the Muslim-Croat federation....and on the top of it, agreed by SDA and rejected by SDP ministers...
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by: Sinisa
September 15, 2011 17:29
Package of 96 million was wrapped up while ago, Dodik sabotaged it, expunged 8 million aimed for state level and by doing that brought everything to a screeching halt. State level should not be neglected just because of destructive politics of Milorad Dodik.

by: Damir from: Canada
September 16, 2011 02:07
Why settle for 88 million if we can get 96 million if not for Dodik? You can't turn around and blame US for not accepting a compromise YOU proposed.

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