European Western Balkans

Council of Ministers of BiH: Action plan for EU Report priorities implementation

SARAJEVO – The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on it’s 84th session, adopted Information on “2016 Enlargement Package”.

The Council tasked the Directorate for European Integrations to elaborate measures for implementation of priorities, specified in the 2016 Progress Report for BiH, and develop an action Plan for the implementation thereof, in cooperation with competent institutions in BiH.

The Directorate for European Integrations will prepare a template Action Plan for the implementation of priorities set in the 2016 Progress Report for BiH.

The Action Plan will contain measures for the realisation of 76 priorities from multiple areas, with a view of continuation of reforms and further progressing of BiH, after the Euroepan Commission assessed in its 2016 Report that BIH fulfils priorities concerning reforms, especially those defined in the Reform Agenda.

Simplification of customs regulations for CEFTA signatories

The Council also defined a Proposal Additional Protocol 5 to an Agreement on Amendments and Accession to Central European Free Trade Agreement, and will forward it to the BiH Presidency, with a proposal for the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations to accept it at the CEFTA Joint Board session.

The Protocol will additionally promote the trade by the simplification of inspections concerning all customs procedures and streamlining of formalities and data exchange among customs authorities to the extent allowed under national laws, as well as by mutual recognition of state programmes of authorised economic entities in each CETFA country-signatory, if harmonised with the European Union acquis.

The conclusion of the Protocol, prepared by the Ministry of foreign Trade and Economic Relations, is in line with the BiH Reform Agenda, it is a part of the commitments taken within the Berlin process, as well as conclusions of the Western Balkans Prime Ministers’ summits held in Vienna and Paris.

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