The EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH welcome the adoption of the Strategic Plan of Rural Development of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Council of Ministers, as well as by Entities’ and Brcko District’s governments.

This country-wide Strategic Plan will create more synergies between sectors of food safety, veterinary, phyto-sanitary and rural development needed for the overall sustainable economic growth of BiH. This is good news for farmers and agricultural producers that will benefit from a more coherent and strategic approach in this important sector.

With the adoption of the strategy, BiH will finally be able to benefit from more EU support to agriculture and rural development. Once adopted by the BiH Parliament, it will open the door for the financial support under IPA II (2018-2020) and more EU assistance in the reform process.

We look forward to the swift adoption of this important strategic document by the BiH Parliament. It should lead not only to more income for BiH farmers, but will also bring more job opportunities and investments.

The EU stands ready to continue working with all relevant stakeholders to further support the agriculture and rural sector,  vital for a viable economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina.