EC QUESTIONNAIRE FOR BIH
The questionnaire of the European Commission for preparing an opinion on the application for membership is an analytical tool of EU political enlargement used by the European Commission to assess the readiness of a country applying for the membership to gain candidate status and open negotiations on EU accession, which is most often decided on by the EU Council and the European Council. The questionnaire contains detailed lists of questions whose structure follow the structure of EU membership criteria, and the aim is to reach a comprehensive understanding of the political, legal, social, economic and administrative system of the country applying for EU membership, based on the answers, and to assess its compatibility with the system and values that exist in the EU and EU Member States.
On 15 February 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted a request for membership in the European Union. On 20 July 2016, the Chamber decided to implement the procedure laid down in the Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union. On 9 December 2016, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn presented the Chair of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina the Questionnaire of the European Commissions. With this, the European Commission has officially started the process of preparing an opinion on the application for membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Union.
The questionnaire contains 3242 questions grouped in the political and economic criteria and 33 chapters of the acquis communautaire of the European Union, and the European Commission expects Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide answers to questions from the English questionnaire within six months. However, that deadline was subsequently prolonged.
Let’s get to know the content of the questionnaire: