Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

European Commission President Heads To Western Balkans

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking on a Western Balkan tour to promote the EU's new strategy for the region.

Juncker's tour to the six Balkan countries that remain outside the European Union starts in Macedonia, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on February 25.

Skopje and Tirana boycott conference that excluded Pristina

UNMIK's Media Observer is reporting this on Friday, citing Pristina-based Albanian language newspaper Koha.

The conference is set to take place in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the report continued - and Tirana and Skopje are boycotting it "because of exclusion of Kosovo from the event."

Bosnia Hopes to Complete War Crimes Cases in 2023

Bosnia’s judicial overseer, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, has backed proposed changes to the national war crimes strategy to tackle delays in processing hundreds of cases and ensure they are completed within five years.

Belgrade's International Film Festival Kicks Off

The 46th edition of FEST, under the slogan Come Closer, will take place from February 23 to March 4., featuring 116 premiers and ten cinematic classics.

Lavrov: NATO, EU reason behind unhealthy situation in Europe

Some NATO and EU member states seek to raise tensions in Europe, making the situation in the region unhealthy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday, following talks with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic.

Bosnian War Crimes Convict Flees to Evade Prison

Miroslav Duka, a former member of the Bosnian Serb police force, did not report to prison to start his 12-year prison sentence for committing war crimes against Bosniaks and Croats in Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

Amnesty International's annual report, published on Thursday, shone a light on human rights violations in all Balkan countries and pointed especially to a lack of will to deal with war crimes.

The report presented the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries and territories.

Bosnian Journalist Says 'Wahhabis' Assaulted Him

Bosnian journalists have demanded a speedy investigation into an attack on Nedzad Latic, the publicist and editor of the website The Bosnia Times, who was attacked on Tuesday by a group of men that he described as "Wahhabis".

The Guardian: Europe is Facing a Potential Crisis in the Balkans. It has to Act Soon

The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished." Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on the European continent.

Film Star's Death Highlights Plight of Bosnia's Roma

Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a prestigious award at the Berlin Film Festival five years ago, will be buried on Wednesday - his death at the age of 48 coming after his cinematic success failed to prevent his return to poverty in his home country.

Former NATO Workers to Protest in Bosnia

People who worked for the NATO Stabilisation Force SFOR in Bosnia and its successor, the European Union Force EUFOR, will stage a protest in front of the EUFOR and NATO Headquarters in Butmir near Sarajevo on Friday.

They claim that they were not given the benefits to which they were entitled because they were not classified as employees by NATO or EUFOR.

"We'd not allow NATO to use depleted uranium during drills"

Jerenic told the daily Euroblic on Tuesday that the details of the exercise are yet to be agreed on, "but it is possible that airplanes will take part."

However, he added, it is certain that not even live ammunition will be used, "let alone that with depleted uranium."

Emigration Damages Bosnia's Economic Growth Prospects

The Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska told BIRN that emigration was hitting economic development, after an International Monetary Fund report cut its growth forecast for 2018 due to the number of people leaving the country.

"We miss workers of all profiles and it is slowly becoming an obstacle to development," the Chamber of Commerce said.

Bosnian Charged with Attempting to Join ISIS

The Bosnian prosecution on Tuesday charged Amir Haskic with contacting members of the so-called Islamic State via the internet in November 2017 with the intention of going to fight in Syria.

The prosecution claims that Haskic created a plan and secured the necessary funds to join the Islamist militant group.

Dodik's car stopped for speeding in Croatia

However, the leader of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina denied that he demanded spacial treatment when he was stopped on his way to the town of Karlovac.

The Banja Luka daily Nezavisne is reporting Dodik as saying that his car was moving at "over 180 kilometers per hour" - and that the fine was "astronomical."