The EU can enact binding laws with regard to welfare provision, human rights, minimum wages, environmental standards, food safety standards, and more. After failing at its formation in 1993 to deal effectively with the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, the EU has matured as a regional security actor. The EU is moving towards a ‘security community’ in Europe in which the Union, rather than member states acting as sovereign entities, pursues a European foreign policy and increasingly a security role in Europe and Africa.
What is relation between "failing at its formation in 1993" and "dealing with the break up of Yugoslavia" ? i think these two accident happened at same time (?) and author only wanted to give more historic information (?) what do you think as native English speakers?