EU Programmes

The European Union is the largest single donor of funds and financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through its activities, it relies on various financial instruments, including centralised European Union programmes aimed at supporting EU policies and improving cooperation between EU member states and their citizens in various fields: culture, science, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, consumer policy, education, health, justice, and fiscal and customs policy, etc.

Participation in EU programmes was made possible by the conclusions of the Thessaloniki European Council in June 2003, with the aim of supporting efforts on the path to European integration, exchange of good practices, experiences and knowledge, and adoption and implementation the EU acquis. The participation of the countries of the Western Balkans in EU programmes is regulated by framework agreements on the general principles of participation of each individual country in these programs.

Since January 2007, with the entry into force of the Framework Agreement on the General Principles of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Participation in Community Programs, certain programmes have become open to BiH. Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to expand its participation in EU programmes, based on institutional, human and financial capacities and needs.

Programs of the European Union 2021-2027


Horizon EUROPE, a continuation of Horizon 2020, is the largest EU research and innovation programme with more than 95.5 billion euros available for the period 2021-2027, as well as additional private investment attracted to it.

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Erasmus+ supports education, training, youth and sport. With a budget of 26.2 billion euros, it provides an opportunity to study, train, gain new experiences and volunteer abroad.

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The Creative Europe programme supports the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. Various funding schemes encourage audiovisual, cultural and creative workers to do business across Europe, reach new audiences and develop new skillsFor the period 2021-2027, the program budget is 2.4 billion euros.

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The goal of this new European Union programme is to strengthen and promote EU rights and values. The programme, a continuation of the successful Europe for Citizens, has a budget of 1.55 billion euros for the period 2021-2017, which is the largest fund of the European Union for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights, rule of law and democracy.

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The COST programme (European Cooperation for Science and Technology) provides funding for the creation of research networks – COST Action. COST Actions enable the cooperation of scientists in Europe and beyond and encourage progress in innovation. COST is funded by various EU research and innovation programmes.

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COSME is a programme of the European Commission, which supports the development of competitiveness of small and medium enterprises.

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EUREKA is an international network in which more than 40 countries participate and is publicly funded. The aim is to increase European competitiveness by encouraging innovative entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industries, research institutes and universities.

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Customs 2020 is an EU cooperation programme that gives national customs administrations the opportunity to develop expertise and exchange information. The program enables the joint development and operation of large trans-European IT systems and networking of government officials across Europe with a budget of 547.3 million euros for the period 2014-2020.

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Fiscalis 2020 is an EU cooperation programme that enables state tax administrations to create and exchange information and expertise. It enables the joint development and use of key trans-European IT systems, as well as the networking of government officials across Europe. The program budget is 234.3 million euros for the period 2014-2020.

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