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EU names Johann Sattler as special representative in Bosnia

The European Union has appointed Johann Sattler as its special representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also take over the role of the Head of the European Union’s Delegation in Sarajevo.

Mr Sattler will replace Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, who was appointed in 2015. Mr Sattler will take up his duties on September 1, and has been appointed initially for two years.

Throughout his previous experience, and currently as Austrian ambassador to Albania, Mr Sattler has had a particular focus on the Western Balkans.

EU special representatives promote the EU’s policies and interests in certain regions and countries as well as issues of particular concern or interest for the EU. They play an active role in efforts to consolidate reforms, stability and the rule of law. The first EU special representatives were appointed in 1996.