Centre for Security Studies, with support of the Government of the Republic of Hungary and Delegation of European Commission to BiH, organized a seminar entitled: “European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, on the 5th of December, in BiH Institutions Building, Sarajevo.

The overall objective of the seminar was to give an overview of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, with a focus on aspects of security and defense. Specific aim was to disseminate thorough information about structures that influence creation of the EU policies. At the same time as it is necessary for Bosnia & Herzegovina to be aware of EU external policy developments and its impact on the process of European integrations. ESDP elements play an important role in Bosnia & Herzegovina, having in mind their active role in BiH, through the work of the Office of the EU Special Representative, EUFOR, and the EUPM.

The opening remarks at the seminar were delivered by Mr. Milorad Živkovic, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Mr. Tarik Sadovic, Minister of Security BiH, and H.E. Imre Varga, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary in BiH.

Speakers at the seminar were Mr. Jean Yves Haine, from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Ms Judy Batt, from EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, Ms Susan Penksa, from Department of Political Science of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Ms. Suzana Anghel, from the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces etc.

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