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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our system of cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is based on the French Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IFBH) present in Mostar, Tuzla and Banja Luka, and on the André Malraux Centre, set up in Sarajevo during the conflict, which plays a key role as a cultural bridge and language centre.

A Franco-Bosnian cultural, scientific and technical agreement was signed during the visit of Foreign Affairs Minister de Villepin to Sarajevo in 2002. In a country that is still extremely bruised by inter-ethnic conflicts, our actions are firmly focussed on the future - and on young Bosnians, firstly (young audiences and young creators).

There is a great deal of cultural and artistic dissemination, giving priority to supporting young artists and local initiatives, cultural festivals and events involved in putting Bosnia and Herzegovina back on the European cultural map. In addition, support is given in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, architecture and heritage. The "Rencontres européennes du Livre" (European Book Meetings), organized by the André Malraux Centre, have become a major event of this type in this part of Europe, with the tenth edition being held in October 2009.

Audiovisual cooperation, led by a regional attaché, favours the training of journalists, through our support at the regional school of journalism in Sarajevo, MediaPlan, in partnership with ESJ of Lille (225 students trained in nine years). RFI is negotiating an agreement with the private radio station, Bobar, to have its programmes (news in a first phase) broadcast over the entire country. Our cooperation also consists of support for film ("Mladi Most" Association, Sarajevo Film Festival, Kid’s Festival, project for a reciprocal film festival between Tuzla and Saint-Denis) and photography.

In the areas of governance and technical cooperation, our actions are focused essentially on the legal system, with the provision of a judge at the Office of the Prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina for organized crime, and a lawyer at the Bosnia and Herzegovina State Court for war crimes. It emphasizes three main topics: training (cooperation with the French National School for the Judiciary), modernization of the legal system and juvenile justice.

In the area of medicine, the presence of a technical assistant attached to the Kosevo Hospital in Sarajevo, on a plan to support the reform of emergency medicine and intensive care, strengthens the actions of the France-Bosnia Medical Association, active for more than ten years with twinnings between French and Bosnian hospitals (Sarajevo, Zenica, Strasbourg, Angers, etc.) with the local support of the André Malraux Centre and the Embassy. More than 160 hospital-based physicians and health care workers have been trained in France.

Support for NGOs concerns partners working for young people and in the most disadvantaged regions of the country (eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina), from an angle of reconciliation and promotion of citizenship.

Cooperation for French is in line with the intergovernmental agreement signed in 2006. There are two French chairs in Sarajevo and Banja Luka in partnership with the University of Tours. In academic instruction, our efforts concern the transformation of the French school of Sarajevo into a Franco-Bosnian school, strengthening bilingual departments in Sarajevo and Mostar and enhanced French classes, as well as teacher training. French classes for specialized learners concern first and foremost civil servants and journalists.

In the field of universities and research, efforts are focused on the development of university and research partnerships, more scholarships, support for research projects and university exchanges. Decentralized cooperation is developing in priority areas that have been defined: rural development, tourism and civil security. A framework cooperation agreement was just signed in March 2009 between the municipalities of Saint-Denis and Tuzla. Various partnerships are in the works, specifically with the Regional Council of Auvergne, which organized a seminar in June 2009 in Clermont-Ferrand. At the beginning of December 2006, the cities of Millau and Mostar signed a cooperation agreement on educational infrastructures. Similarly, the town of Saint Quentin (Aisne) has been cooperating with the town of Banja Luka since 2008 on planned cultural and artistic exchanges.

Updated on 18.03.10



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