Bosnia has taken the first step towards EU membership. Its leaders signed a stabilisation and association agreement in Luxembourg. Bosnia is the last Balkan country to officially demand membership. EU officials said it showed the country was leaving its war-torn past behind. Nikola Spiric, the Bosnian Prime Minister, said: “This opens the door to our European future and I am looking forward to us all working together.”
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Bosnia was “achieving its dream”.
The speed at which Bosnia implements required reforms will dictate how long it will take for the country to join the bloc. But Bosnians know they will have to wait at least 10 years to become EU citizens. They are hoping it will mean better jobs and living standards. It will certainly mean an end to visa restrictions.