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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4247, tabled on 19 January 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they, the European Union, and others are taking to reduce the level of unemployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular for young people.

Answered on

2 February 2015

The recent EU Initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) stresses the need for socio-economic reform which aims to tackle, amongst other important issues, unemployment. During his visit to BiH last week with his German counterpart, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) reiterated Her Majesty’s Government support for the EU Initiative, and emphasised that it was time to stabilise and stimulate the economy and to create jobs – especially for the young. We welcome the BiH Presidency’s agreement to a written commitment to the EU Initiative, and look forward to their pledges being swiftly implemented.