EU: Sanctions are available but require consensus of member states to be used

NEWS 20.01.2023 13:11
Source: N1

European Union has in place a sanction regime for those who threaten or undermine security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but final decision on using it requires consensus of member states, EU spokesperson Peter Stano told N1.

The statement comes days after the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which among other things demands from the Brussels institutions to introduce sanctions on “destabilizing factors in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” including those who threaten its security and territorial integrity, particularly emphasising current President of Bosnia's Serb-majority entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik.

But, Stano explained, that the sanction framework, which has been in force since 2011, requires a discussion, agreement and consensus among the member states in order to be used against individuals or entities.

“That means that possible sanction decision about particular person, particular entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the hands of the member states, who need to discuss an appropriate proposal, and then decide by consensus about listing that particular individual or entity,” Stano said.

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