Comparison of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina Rural Development funding absorption
Catalys supported the Bosnia & Herzegovina NGO – Green Council – in the the development of a policy paper that identified the pros and cons of establishing a state level Agriculture Ministry. Catalys input focused on a comparison of the relative rates of absorption of IPARD funds.
“The immediate post war period was dominated by physical reconstruction, with the EU’s support to the former Yugoslav states up to 2000 totalling €5.5bn; nearly half of which was allocated to Bosnia alone – €2.16bn1 . The SAP was first proposed in 1999 as a means to create a path towards accession for all countries in the region; it included 5 countries (Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Serbia/Montenegro) and whilst it was acknowledged that each country had its own specific circumstances, the expectation was that all should be able to make broadly similar progress towards candidacy and accession”