Sanctions Profile: Bosnia & Herzegovina

At a glance

EU sanctions on Bosnia were first imposed in 1997, by Common Position 97/193/CFSP, and consisted of a travel ban on three people said to have been involved in violent incidents that occurred in Mostar municipality on 10 February 1997. The three people are no longer subject to sanctions (measures were lifted on 20 March 2018 under Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/458).

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New sanctions were imposed in March 2011 by Council Decision 2011/173/CFSP, in support of the 1995 Dayton/Paris peace agreement, which was designed to end the war in Bosnia and preserve the country as a two-region state. These sanctions impose an asset freeze and travel ban on people and entities that undermine the sovereignty of Bosnia, threaten its security situation, or undermine the Dayton/Paris peace agreement.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:


  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

People and entities whose activities:

  1. undermine the sovereignty, territorial integrity, constitutional order and international personality of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  2. seriously threaten the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; or
  3. undermine the Dayton/Paris General Framework Agreement for Peace and the Annexes thereto, including measures established in the implementation of the said Agreement; and
  4. people and entities associated with them.


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EU lifts travel bans imposed over Mostar attack (10 Feb. 1997)

The EU has adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/458, which repeals Common Position 97/193/CFSP. That Common Position imposed EU-wide travel bans on 3 individuals – Ivan Hrkac, Zeljko Planinic, and Bozo Peric – who were identified as “persons having perpetrated violent acts during the incidents in Mostar on 10 February 1997”.

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Third countries align with EU’s Syria, Libya, Egypt and Bosnia sanctions

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EU extends Bosnia & Herzegovina sanctions

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OFAC designates President of Republika Srpska

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Current Sanctions



Council Decision 2011/173/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2011/173/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2012/158/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/134/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/157/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/487

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/477

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/607

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/459

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018