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Call key data

EUPA4BiH - European Union Police Assistance for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Funding Program

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

Call number




20.10.2023 10:00

Deadline - 2nd stage


Funding rate


Call budget

€ 10,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

max. € 10,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The global objective of this call for proposals is to improve the security of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Call objectives

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals is/are:

  • To enhance the effectiveness of institutions involved in the fight against transnational organised crime, corruption, drugs, money laundering, cybercrime, trafficking of human beings, terrorism, radicalisation, violent extremism, corruption and ensure better institutional interoperability,
  • To further improve the collection and data exchange, and data protection according to the EU applicable standards and best practices,
  • To improve governance standards, to embed stability and progress towards EU membership, better identify and respond to threats, and strengthen capacities to prevent and fight crimes.

The priorities of this call for proposals are:

  • to build compatible crime fighting infrastructure at all levels, in order to foster effective cooperation in criminal matters across the BiH jurisdictions;
  • enhance capacity of LEAs to effectively prevent and fight transnational organised crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, drugs, cybercrime, radicalisation and violent extremism in BiH;
  • align with European standards and improve police legislation and bylaws, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Books of Rules (BoR), Guidelines, Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) and other required legal documents to establish the legal basis for better and more effective utilization of police capacities;
  • promote better use of Special Investigative Measures (SIMs) in line with EU best practices and standards as well as joint investigation teams;
  • enhance effective internal and international coordination, cooperation and information exchange;
  • support development of the country’s personal data protection capacity and alignment with EU’s acquis in the area;
  • provide effective legal and investigative tools to Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and prosecutors to timely investigate, prosecute and sanction severe crime and to utilize proactive investigations;
  • support the LEAs to develop and implement human rights based approaches to policing, in full compliance with EU standards;
  • support to the authorities in demonstrating progress towards establishing a track record of proactive investigations, confirmed indictments, prosecutions and final convictions against organised crime and corruption, including at high-level.

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Expected results

The action is foreseen to be implemented through sectorial all-inclusive approach. The below indicative key sub-sectorial components (which will be led by sector – specific experts) are pre-identified:

Component 1: Fight against transnational organised/serious crime, Trafficking of Human Beings (THB), drugs, corruption and cybercrime. This component needs to ensure that the necessary policy framework is in place by supporting the delivery of the sectorial strategies in order to increase impact and ensure full sustainability. The relevant sectorial strategies need to be accompanied by a realistic corresponding budget and relevant action plans that are monitored and reported on against concrete measurable indicators. Coordination mechanism will be facilitated within this component.

It is also required to establish an efficient Chapter 23 and Chapter 24 sector monitoring mechanism involving the relevant authorities.

Component 2: Prevention and Countering terrorism, P/CVE, cybercrime

Component3: Prevention and Countering Financial crime, Money Laundering

Component 4: Support the enhancement of effective cooperation among law enforcement bodies and with prosecutors; and judges

Component 5: Enhancing external cooperation and coordination, information exchange, as well as international cooperation and coordination with EUROPOL and Interpol

Component 6: Support for drafting legislation, in line with EU acquis, European standards and best practices (improve respective bylaws and police legislation, SOPs, BoR, Guidelines, MoUs and other required legal documents, including personal data protection area

Component 7: Support to the criminal justice authorities in demonstrating progress towards establishing a track record of proactive investigations, confirmed indictments, prosecutions and final convictions against organised crime and corruption, including at high-level

Component 8: Enhance border security, and fight cross border organised crime

Component 9:   Complementary assistance to procure required equipment to support better use of Special Investigative measures (SIMs), effective investigations, forensic capacities and specialised IT equipment that will enhance the capacity of the LEAs and further strengthening of data security and exchange.

The grant agreement EUPA4BiH will contain limited scale of subcontracting (maximum 10% of the total cost of the action) for supplies/equipment that will be needed for relevant LEAs and specific authorities to increase their professional performance in regard to tackle serious and organised crime in a proactive manner.

Component 10: Communication and outreach to BiH citizens / EU Visibility according to the Guidelines 2.1.3

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), United Kingdom

eligible entities

EU Body, Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person,
  • be a Public Body  of a Member State of the European Union or of the United Kingdom or their mandated bodies, entrusted with responsibilities related to the implementation of activities relevant to the call
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary

The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter.

Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.

The following entities can act as co-applicants: relevant decentralised EU agencies (distinct bodies from the EU institutions – separate legal entities set up to perform specific tasks under the EU law) such as but not limited to: the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), European Police Office (Europol), European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust).

The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies). Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.

other eligibility criteria

The Action will be implemented through a Grant Contract with EU Member States and will include the mobilisation of a Team Leader and a minimum of four Long Term Experts (core Team) who will be responsible for key sub-sectorial components. The core team will be based for the entire duration of the action in Sarajevo and be complemented by the assistance of Short-Term Experts. The Team Leader must be identified by enclosing the CV in the Description of the Action.

Actions must take place in the following country: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Specific activities relevant for the action such as specific trainings/study visits may, upon the approval of the competent EU Programme Manager, take place outside the country.

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Justice, Safety & Security

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 48 and 60 months

Additional Information

The lead applicant may not submit more than 1 application under this call for proposals. The lead applicant may not be a co-applicant or an affiliated entity in another application at the same time. A co-applicant/affiliated entity may not submit more than 1 application under this call for proposals. The co-applicants/affiliated entity may not sbe the lead applicant or affiliated entity in another application at the same time.

To apply for this call for proposals, lead applicants need to:

  1. Provide information about the organisations involved in the action. To this end, lead applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities should register in PADOR.  Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals. It is strongly recommended to register in PADOR well in advance and not to wait until the last minute before the deadline to submit your application. 
  2. Submit their applications in PROSPECT

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions on the concept note and the full applications in the grant application form annexed to these guidelines (Annex A). Lead applicants should then keep strictly to the format of the grant application form and fill in the paragraphs and pages in order.

Applicants must apply in English.

This is an open call for proposals, where all documents are submitted together (concept note and full application).

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