The Balkan Study Center of the International University of Sarajevo analyzed the role and significance of the Berlin Process for BiH

On Friday, July 6th, 2018, the Balkan Study Center of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) presented the publication “Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Berlin Process: Analysis of key processes in BiH prior to the London Conference 2018”.

The authors of the analysis, Admir Mulaosmanović, Mirsad Karić, Emil Knezović, Ahmed Kulanić, Almir Mustafić and Hamza Preljević, analyzed the role and significance of the Berlin Process for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the reforms that took place in recent years, but also offered concrete solutions for representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina before appearance at the London Summit to be held on July 10, 2018.

Center Director Admir Mulaosmanovic said that despite the Berlin process and the initiatives that followed, Bosnia and Herzegovina has faced many problems in launching and implementing reforms.

"BiH political factors can not initiate reforms themselves. Therefore, the presence of international factors and foreign power centers is essential. We have to offer those initiatives, suggestions, and ideas, but without their help, we cannot achieve much, "Mulaosmanovic said.

Authors and promoters stressed that young people are one of the key focus of the Berlin Process.

"Youth must take initiatives, including political ones. They are often only an object of other initiatives and reforms”, said Sedad Dedić, promoter of the publication.

Mirsad Karic analyzed the foreign policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the needs of the publication and made a comparison between the only two documents that were adopted since the signing of the Dayton Agreement. He also said that the lack of a Law on Foreign Policy is a big problem.

"Every state has a law on foreign policy, but BiH foreign policy is based only on the Constitution and the Law on Ministries. Therefore, there is no Law on Foreign Policy. This is something that needs to be adopted as soon as possible. "

In addition to the non-existence of the Foreign Policy Act, the authors emphasized the importance of establishing a ministry for diaspora and diplomatic academies.

"The European Union brings a document on common foreign and security policy every few years. The institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina should consider the new document that will come out after Brexit and include it in the recently adopted Strategy on Foreign Policy 2018-2023 in the form of amendments. Also, the adoption of the ministry for diaspora, academies for diplomats, action plans and analysis of foreign policy from independence is the key, "Karic said.

With this analysis, the Balkan Study Center made it easier for the representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in the Summit.

"We sent the analysis to everyone from the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the cantonal authorities, but more importantly, the analysis will go to the center of events - at the Summit in London," said Mulaosmanovic.

The authors concluded that it was difficult to predict the consequences of the London Summit initially because from December until February it has been promoted as the most significant event in recent history, but since April there have been no such announcements.

The summit in London is one of a series of summits held in the framework of the Berlin Process. Representatives of the countries of the Western Balkans will hold a series of planned meetings with representatives on the European Union on topics such as the fight against corruption and organized crime, infrastructure, and telecommunications projects, Euro-Atlantic integration and other processes.