Bosnia investigates loss of EU funding

Posted - Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:42 a.m.



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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - The Bosnian prosecutor's office says it is investigating who is at fault after the European Union halved the country's funding because its squabbling leaders have not changed the constitution to allow more rights for minorities.

The EU announced it would cut funding this year by 45 million euros ($62 million) because of a lack of action on a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it must amend its constitution.

Power in Bosnia is split between three main ethnic groups and minorities are excluded from leadership. A Roma and a Jew sued the country in the EU court and won, but politicians have argued for four years over implementing the ruling.

Bosnian prosecutors said Wednesday that disrespect for the ruling has deprived the country of badly needed money.

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