In a small step for Europe the European Commission is now urging the opening up of negotiations with Bosnia on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement.
In themselves, these so called SAA’s are not particularly impressive. They are less in both substance and commitment to what the Central European countries were once offered.
But theior symbolic importance is still huge, since they are seen as the first necessary step that might one day lead to full membership in the European Union.
They are the concrete expression of the soft power of Europe that is gradually taking the region from the nationalist conflicts of the past to the European integration of the future.
So, every small step is of importance.
And this small step for Europe is undoubtedly a big step for Bosnia.