UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina

30th August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Search Continues

International Day of the Disappeared is not an abstract commemoration of a far off event. Many around us are living with a terrible curse, not only of losing a loved one, but of not being able to put them and their memory to rest. In my time in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), I’ve met many […]

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21st August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

PRIDE (In the Name of Love)

Last September, I counted myself lucky to join hundreds of others in the first ever PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite security concerns beforehand, it was a happy and joyful event, a celebration showing that this country is a home and open to all. This year there will be no physical event – a […]

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13th February 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

What will you do?

In November this year, the UK and Italy will together host the UN Climate Change Conference, popularly called COP 26, in Glasgow. It is a great responsibility, but one which both of our governments are enthusiastic and determined to deliver on. The situation facing all of us today is critical. The science is clear – […]

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13th November 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

BiH citizens do not need a new Reform Agenda… they need reforms

Two weeks ago I appeared on N1. Zvonko Komsic asked me some tough and insightful questions, particularly on the political situation and what BiH politicians should do on the EU path. To several of the questions I gave the same answer – ‘They need to form governments quickly, and get on with reforms’. This repetition […]

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5th September 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Every election is determined by the people who show up

On Sunday 7th October, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will get the chance to decide the course of their country for the next four years. The United Kingdom, as a guarantor of the Dayton Peace Agreement and a firm supporter of BiH, has both an obligation and a strong desire to see BiH make […]

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27th October 2017

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Every child needs a family

Autumn has come, and so my wife Caroline is busy organising this year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar, BiH’s biggest charity event.  Last year, around 15,000 people crowded into Skenderija to eat, drink, play and shop at the stands manned by 40 Embassies as well as over 70 local NGOs and businesses. Thanks to generous sponsorship, including […]

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10th August 2017

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Would you like to study in the UK?

Have you heard about Chevening?  It’s the UK’s world-beating scholarship programme for international students.  It allows you to study for a Masters degree of your choice at any university in the UK.  You do the work, and we cover the costs, including your tuition fees and travel costs.  We even pay for your living expenses! […]

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7th August 2017

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Holidaying in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Normally, we go back to the UK for a few weeks during the summer, to catch up with family and friends.  But this will be our last full summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as I’m due to leave in August next year.  So this year, we decided to spend some time discovering some new parts […]

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16th December 2016

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Re-writing History

BiH has a lot of history, and a lot of different versions of it.  But it’s worrying to see how the histories of war and of peace are being re-written to promote the political agendas of different groups.  The newspapers are full of arguments about the past.  Much less attention is paid to the future.  […]

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10th August 2016

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Supporting modernisation: putting our money where our mouth is

The UK’s role, together with Germany, in initiating the EU’s new approach in BiH is pretty well known. Perhaps less well known is the role that we are continuing to play in supporting the implementation of the Reform Agenda which is at the heart of that approach. The Reform Agenda isn’t ours, it’s yours. It wasn’t imposed. It […]

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