Bosnia's bid to join the European Union faces being frozen and a planned election next year declared invalid without urgent reform of its constitution, the EU enlargement commissioner said today.
Eighteen years since the end of Bosnia's war, the Balkan state continues to wrestle with deep ethnic rivalry that has left it languishing behind its fellow former Yugoslav republics on the long road to EU accession.
It must reform its constitution to remove a restriction on ethnic minorities running for office before it can even apply for EU membership, but political leaders have still to agree how to do so.
Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule told reporters in Sarajevo the political leadership here has not prioritised the EU agenda and translated its declared commitments on the EU into concrete action.
He said this is very disappointing, adding that without an agreement (on the reform) and then a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) fully in force, (Bosnia's) EU path would be frozen.