Ambassador’s Blog

Welcome to the EU Ambassador’s blog!

Ambassador Johann Sattler is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 1 September 2019.

He returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019, having been posted to Sarajevo and Tirana as part of European Community Monitoring Mission back in 1997. More recently, he was the Austrian Ambassador to Albania.

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You have good reasons not to care about politics – but this also means you should vote!

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, all too often, you hear the words, “I do not care about politics”. And indeed there is much to dislike and reject about the current state of politics in this country. But the way to make a difference is through voting, not by turning your back!

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With a little good will, BiH can do better

A quick conversation with people in Bosnia and Herzegovina will confirm what opinion polls have stated for many years – citizens are broadly pe...

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Reflections on Srebrenica

Fifty victims of the genocide against Bosniaks in Srebrenica were buried with dignity yesterday in the presence of their grieving families. The sight of their caskets, surrounded by their loved ones, is a heart wrenching one, especially when realising this is only a small fraction of the over 8,000 men and boys who were massacred during Europe’s single worst atrocity since the Second World War.

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Doing nothing is not an option as we only have one planet!

Joint Op-Ed on the Climate Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union and EU Special Representative in ...

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Russia is on the wrong side of history – no amount of propaganda will obscure this

Diplomats are used to operating within a framework of nuance and careful language. Often we get criticised for it, but it remains necessary for our work. This also requires us not to have any political preferences and try to understand and respect all perspectives.

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My wish for Europe Day: a continent united in peace and security

In the past few days, I have attended Europe Day events in Travnik, Trebinje and Sarajevo and met sportspersons, cultural figures, business owner...

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