Disinfo: Bosnia is pushed into NATO against the Serbs’ will


Bosnia is pushed into NATO against the Serbs’ will.

The Annual National Programme (ANP) is the first step towards the country’s integration into NATO. Due to its flexible criteria, NATO can within a short period of time from receiving the ANP, submit a reply that would say: “You have fulfilled the criteria and you can adopt the NATO membership in the Parliament.”


The NATO accession process consists of a series of formal steps which both the aspirant country and the Alliance continuously confirm. Countries wishing to join have to meet certain requirements and complete a multi-step process involving political dialogue and military integration.

The ANP is a precondition for the activation of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Membership Action Plan (MAP) for NATO. MAP is a NATO programme of advice, assistance and practical support tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the Alliance. Participation in the MAP does not prejudge any decision by the Alliance on future membership.

“Annual National Programme is another step in the partnership between Bosnia and NATO. That's an important step but is not a decision on membership nor it prejudges the membership. There is a lot to be done both within the Alliance and Bosnia before the NATO and Bosnia could start talks on the membership,” said Brigadier General Marti Bissell, NATO HQ Commander in Sarajevo. "NATO HQ in Sarajevo is ready to provide advisory and professional assistance including among other things the explanations on the Annual National Programme (ANP)."

Read more disinformation cases about the NATO enlargement here.

Learn more about relations between NATO - Bosnia and Herzegovina www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_49127.htm,


  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian
  • Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija


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