Council Decision 2011/426/CFSP of 18 July 2011 appointing the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Council Decision 2011/426/CFSP of 18 July 2011 appointing the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Articles 28, 31(2) and 33 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,


  1. On 11 March 2009 the Council adopted Joint Action 2009/181/CFSP(1) appointing Mr Valentin INZKO European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  2. On 11 August 2010 the Council adopted Decision 2010/442/CFSP(2) extending the mandate of the EUSR in Bosnia and Herzegovina until 31 August 2011.

  3. Mr Peter SØRENSEN should be appointed EUSR in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1 September 2011 to 30 June 2015.

  4. On 21 March 2011 the Council adopted conclusions setting out the Union’s overall approach to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  5. The Union is further strengthening its policy and its presence on the ground through a single, reinforced Union representative who will take a lead in supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina on Union-related matters to support the country’s progress towards integration with the Union including through a broad and balanced set of instruments.

  6. The EUSR’s mandate should be implemented in coordination with the European Commission in order to ensure consistency with other relevant activities falling within the competence of the Union.

  7. The Council foresees that the powers and authorities of the EUSR and the powers and authorities of the Head of the European Union Delegation Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be vested in the same person.

  8. The EUSR will implement his mandate in the context of a situation which may deteriorate and could impede the achievement of the objectives of the Union’s external action set out in Article 21 of the Treaty,


Article 1 European Union Special Representative

Mr Peter SØRENSEN is hereby appointed as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from 1 September 2011 until 30 June 2015. The mandate of the EUSR may be terminated earlier, if the Council so decides, on a proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR).

Article 2 Policy objectives

The mandate of the EUSR shall be based on the following policy objectives of the Union in BiH: continued progress in the Stabilisation and Association Process, with the aim of a stable, viable, peaceful and multiethnic and united BiH, cooperating peacefully with its neighbours and irreversibly on track towards membership of the Union. The Union will also continue to support the implementation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) in BiH.

Article 3 Mandate

In order to achieve the policy objectives, the mandate of the EUSR shall be to:

  1. offer the Union’s advice and facilitate the political process;

  2. ensure consistency and coherence of Union action;

  3. facilitate progress on political, economic and European priorities;

  4. monitor and advise the executive and legislative authorities at all levels of government in BiH, and liaise with the authorities and political parties in BiH;

  5. ensure the implementation of the Union’s efforts in the whole range of activities in the field of the rule of law and the security sector reform, promote overall Union coordination of, and give local political direction to Union efforts in tackling organised crime and corruption and, in this context, provide the HR and the Commission with assessments and advice as necessary;

  6. provide the Head of Mission of the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) with local political guidance; the EUSR and the Civilian Operation Commander shall consult each other as required; consult with the Head of the EUPM before taking political action that may have an impact on the police and security situation; provide support for a reinforced and more effective interface between criminal justice and the police in BiH, in close liaison with the EUPM;

  7. without prejudice to the military chain of command, offer the EU Force Commander political guidance on military issues with a local political dimension, in particular concerning sensitive operations, relations with local authorities and with the local media. Consult with the EU Force Commander before taking political action that may have an impact on the security situation;

  8. coordinate and implement the Union’s communication efforts on Union issues towards the public in BiH;

  9. promote the process of integration with the Union through targeted public diplomacy and Union outreach activities designed to ensure a broader understanding and support from the BiH public on matters relating to the Union, including by means of engagement of local civil-society actors;

  10. contribute to the development and consolidation of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in BiH, in accordance with the Union’s human rights policy and the Union Guidelines on Human Rights;

  11. engage with relevant BiH authorities on their full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY);

  12. in line with the Union integration process, advise, assist, facilitate and monitor political dialogue on the necessary constitutional changes;

  13. maintain close contacts and consultations with the High Representative in BiH and other relevant international organisations working in the country;

  14. provide advice to the HR as necessary concerning natural or legal persons on whom restrictive measures could be imposed in view of the situation in BiH;

  15. without prejudice to the applicable chains of command, help to ensure that all Union instruments in the field are applied coherently to attain the Union’s policy objectives.

Article 4 Implementation of the mandate


The EUSR shall be responsible for the implementation of the mandate, acting under the authority of the HR.


The Political and Security Committee (the PSC) shall maintain a privileged link with the EUSR and shall be the EUSR’s primary point of contact with the Council. The PSC shall provide the EUSR with strategic guidance and political direction within the framework of the mandate, without prejudice to the powers of the HR.


The EUSR shall work in close coordination with the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Article 5 Financing

Article 6 Constitution and composition of the team

Article 7 Privileges and immunities of the EUSR and his staff

Article 8 Security of EU classified information

Article 9 Access to information and logistical support

Article 10 Security

Article 11 Reporting

Article 12 Coordination

Article 13 Review

Article 14 Entry into force