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Since September 2012 the general management of the embassy lies in hands of ambassador Jurriaan Kraak. In the management team he is being assisted by his deputy, Mrs Ellen van Reesch who is also responsible for development cooperation and trade promotion and by Mr Martin Ouwens who is the Head of Administrative and Consular Affairs. Besides staff members of combined departments of development cooperation and trade promotion and in the consular and administrative section there is an Attaché for Police and a Defence Attaché working at the embassy. Due to the gradual withdrawal of development cooperation by end of 2011 and visa liberation as of December 15, 2010 the number of embassy staff is decreasing since 2009.
Contact: Ms Amela Botic
T: + 387 33 562 614
Culture and Education
One of the objectives of the Netherlands embassy in Sarajevo is to promote
cultural exchanges between Dutch and Bosnian cultural institutions, groups and
artists. The embassy has the role of an intermediary, bringing interested
parties together and stimulating supply and demand.
Within the Netherlands’ international cultural policy (ICB) the Western Balkans is a proprietary region. By working together with other Netherlands embassies in the region the embassy in Sarajevo aims where possible to create a bigger stage on which Dutch culture can perform.
The Dutch ICB is elaborated in the Cultural Policy Document of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The ICB covers all cultural disciplines. However, within the ICB emphasis is put on those disciplines in which the Netherlands has a strong position worldwide: design, fashion and architecture.
Possibilities for financial support
The embassy has a limited delegated budget for the promotion of Dutch culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Projects that promote Dutch culture should not exceed KM 10.000 (€ 5.000,-). Given the limited resources available activities should reach a broad audience. As a rule under this fund the Embassy doesn’t support activities of the same organization more than twice in succession. Only proposals written in English or Dutch can be taken into consideration. Proposals in hard copy should be submitted at least two months in advance of the start of the activity.
The embassy is member of the EUNIC cluster for Bosnia and Herzegovina. EUNIC
is a network of cultural institutions and embassies of EU member states that
promotes the creation across boarder networks, cultural diversity, enhances
mutual understanding between European societies and strengthens the
international dialogue and cooperation with countries outside of the EU.
The European Cultural Foundation is another fund that offers opportunities for cultural cooperation in the region.
For more information about financing opportunities in the Netherlands you can approach the individual cultural foundations and sector institutions. Subsidies are not in all cases available to non-Dutch organizations.
Ms Jantine van Bakel
T:+387 33 562 606
Mrs Amira Beganovic
T: +387 562 607
The main task of the Police Department is to offer possibilities for contacts
between the Netherlands and Bosnian police. These contacts can result in
exchange of information or transfer of knowledge. This Department is also tasked
with supervision of judicial matters.
The Police-Attaché is assisted by an assistant who speaks the Bosnian language.
Police-Attaché: Captain of Royal Marechaussee H.J. van Harten
T: 387 562 641
Assistant Police-Attaché: Mrs. Sanela Duran
T: 387 562 641
Defence (Embassy in Belgrade)
Defence Attaché: LtCol. Robbert Verbrugh
Assistant Defence Attaché: Mr. Erwin Muetstege
T: 381 11 202390
F: 381 11 2023999
Agriculture (Embassy in Belgrade)
Attaché for Agriculture: yet to be appointed
Assistant: Ms. Mila Mirkovic
T: + 381 11 2023900
F: + 385 11 2023999
Immigration Affairs (Consulate-General in Istanbul)
Immigration Liaison Officer: Ms Yvonne Geelen
Assistant: Ms. R.Huijberts
T: + 9 0212 393 2121
F: + 9 02 292 5031
Consular and Administrative Affairs
What can the consular affairs section do for you?
The consular affairs section of the Embassy Sarajevo looks after and protects the interests of Dutch nationals abroad, but this is just one of many tasks of the consular section. Consular duties involve a.o. the issue of Dutch passports and Schengen visas, dealing with nationality queries and issues, taking civic integration examinations and issuing Consular Statements. Assistance to Dutch prisoners abroad is also one of the duties the Netherlands Embassy is tasked with.
On these consular web pages you will find information for nationals requiring a Schengen visa, as well as information on visa fees.
Eventhough a visa free regime for Bosnian citizens in possession of a biometric passport has entered into force on 15 december 2010 we recommend you to look for more information regarding the conditions for stay in the Schengen area on the EU-banner on our homepage. For Bosnian citizens who do not have a biometric passport yet , the pages under Foreign Nationals coming to the Netherlands provide you with more general information on visa applications. You can find further consular information under Coming to the Netherlands.
The pages under Dutch Nationals Abroad contain information on a variety of
consular services provided to Dutch nationals.
The consular affairs section is open to the public for visa applications on Monday from 10 am to 12 am and on Wednesday and Friday, from 9 am to 12 am (with the exception of Dutch and Bosnian Official Holidays).
The consular affairs section is open to the public for passport applications on Monday from 10 am to 12 am and on Wednesday and Friday, from 9 am to 12 pm (with the exception of Dutch and Bosnian Official Holidays).
The general telephone number of the consular affairs section is +387 (0)33 562600.
For specific information on your visa application, you may call this number, between 2 pm and 5 pm.
For more general visa information you may call between 9 am and 5 pm, on +387 (0)33 562630