Bosnia and Herzegovina

Initial Imposition of EU Sanctions & Subsequent Amendments

The EU initially imposed restrictive measures against Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2004.

UN Sanctions

There are currently no restrictive measures imposed by the UN against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Form of the Sanctions

Travel bans

Asset freezes

Criteria for Inclusion in Targeted Measures

Those whose activities undermine the sovereignty, territorial integrity, constitutional order and international personality of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Those whose activities seriously threaten the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Those whose activities undermine the Dayton/Paris General Framework Agreement for Peace.

Provisions in Force

Council Decision 2011/173/CFSP (22 March 2011)

  • Implemented to evince EU support for the Dayton/Paris General Framework Agreement for Peace
  • Travel bans against those who satisfy the criteria listed above (to be listed in the Annex)
  • Exemptions can be granted on inter alia humanitarian grounds
  • Article 2: asset freezes implemented against those individuals listed in the Annex
  • Article 5: the EU shall encourage third States to adopt similar measures

Amended by Council Decision 2012/158/CFSP (20 March 2012) to provide that this Decision shall apply until 22nd March 2013

Amended by Council Decision 2013/134/CFSP (19 March 2013) to provide that this Decision shall apply until 22nd March 2014

Amended by Council Decision 2014/157/CFSP2013/134 (20 March 2014) to provide that this Decision will apply until 22nd March 2015

Case Law

In Bosphorus Hava Yollari Turizm ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi v Ireland (45036/98) [2006] 42 EHRR 1, Bosphorus complained that, by impounding an aircraft leased from Yugoslav Airlines, Ireland had violated its rights under A1P1. Ireland contended that impoundment was pursuant to EU Regulations imposing sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Ireland obtained a preliminary ruling from the ECJ which supported their case. The ECtHR dismissed Bosphorus’ complaint and held that although there had been an interference with Bosphorus’ possessions but was justified in accordance with Ireland’s obligations under the EU Regulations.

 

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