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Zvizdić in Brussels: Positive momentum should continue

SARAJEVO - Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić paid today an official visit to Brussels, where with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn and EU High Representative  Federica Mogherini discussed recent developments in the BiH’s European path.

Denis Zvizdić and Johannes Hahn

Zvizdić first met European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Hahn, with whom he talked on a possibility for inclusion of BiH’s request for European Union membership at the agenda of the up-coming General Affairs Council of the EU, as well as the adoption of a Conclusion on forwarding to the European Commission of a request for an Opinion on the BiH request, announced the Council of Ministers.

Chairman Zvizdić underlined that BiH, following the adoption of a text Coordination Mechanism for EU issues, has fulfilled the last condition necessary for consideration of the BiH application at September 20 meeting. He added that BiH is strongly committed to the continuation of reform processes, aiming getting the candidate status by the end of 2017. Commissioner Hahn commended the progress and congratulated to Chairman Zvizdić for removal of the last obstacle to consideration of the application.

Progress in the context of the Reform Agenda and the SAA implementation

Chairman Zvizdić informed Commissioner Hahn of the level of realisation of defined aims from the Reform Agenda, saying that the Council of Ministers of BiH has realised 53 per cent of the prescribed measures. He noted the regular course of implementation of the Stabilisation and Accession Agreement, and informed that the procedures needed for signing of a Protocol, as well as those concerning the establishment of the coordination mechanism-related bodies are in the process of implementation, so the questionnaire is expected to be received as early as possible.

Also, he briefed Commissioner Hahn of the adoption of the transport policy by the Council of Ministers, by which BiH fulfilled the condition for accessing the regional and national EU funds.

“Court awards must be obeyed to”

They discussed also the current political situation in BIH and a possibility of holding the announced referendum in the Entity of Republika Srpska. Chairman Zvizdić and Commissioner Hahn agreed that in BIH, as well as in all other countries, court awards, especially those of the Constitutional Court, which is the part of the Constitution of BiH, must be obeyed to. Commissioner Hahn especially stressed that the process of approximation to the EU requires changed behaviour of all-level authorities in terms of a full respect and promotion of rule of law.

Chairman Zvizdić informed Commissioner Hahn of registration of military property, which took place in Han Pijesak recently, underlining that by that move, Bosnia and Herzegovina got closer to NATO integrations and that all political stakeholders in BiH must show responsibility towards the historic chance.

Commissioner Hahn concluded that he expects the next session of the General Affairs Council to urge the European Commission to start preparations of a questionnaire for BiH.

Mogherini: Crucial progress in recent months

On the same topics Zvizdić spoked with EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Mogherini.

Mogherini said that BiH made crucial progress in recent months in the context of the Reform Agenda, with the initialling of the SAA adaptation and the adoption of the Coordination Mechanism, announced the Delegation of the EU to BiH.

These concrete steps, she concluded will feed into the upcoming discussions with the Council when considering BiH’s application for EU membership.

The positive momentum should continue, Mogherini said.