A delegation from the Republika Srpska, a constituent republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, headed by President Željka Cvijanović, as well as the chairman of the board of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) Franz Schausberger, met the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Austrian Parliament, Reinhold Lopatka (ÖVP) for an in-depth talk on Thursday, 24 January 2019. The central topic of the talk was the political situation after the elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina in October 2018, which turns out to be very complex.
Austria’s relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina are close and very dense as well as very well developed at all levels. This has many reasons, historical and current ones. Austria has received 90,000 refugees during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. Around 20,000 still live in Austria today. Austrian companies are the strongest investors in Bosnia-Herzegovina.