Centre for Security Studies, with support from the Government of the Republic of Hungary organised a third seminar on the topic of: “European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, on 22nd of January, in Hotel Ero, Mostar.

The overall objective of the seminar was to provide an overview of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, with a particular focus on the aspects of security and defence. Specific aim was to disseminate thorough information concerning the structures which influence the creation of the EU policies. At the same time we recognised a need for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be fully aware of EU external policy developments and its impact on the process of European integration. The ESDP elements play an important role in Bosnia and Herzegovina, bearing in mind their active role in BiH, through the work of the Office of the High Representative, EUFOR and the EUPM.

Introductory remarks at the seminar were provided by Mr. Miomir Brajic from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Safet Softic Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and H.E. Imre Varga, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The topics of the seminar were further discussed by the representatives from the Royal Institute for International Relations (Brussels) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin).

The seminar was attended by the representatives of the legislative and executive institutions, the international community and NGOs, scholars, students and media in Bosnia and Herzegovina.