Ministers Crnadak, Mektic discuss European integration, bilateral cooperation with officials from Ireland and Italy

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak held a meeting on Thursday with Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with the Government of Ireland Helen McEntee

Following the meeting, Crnadak said that he was happy to meet with delegation of a friendly country, which has been supporting BiH in the process of European integration.  

“From the fact that they were among the first to ratify the Stabilization and Association Agreement, and the fact that they held the enlargement and our region high on their list of priorities while presiding over the EU, to the support to our progress in the past year”, said Crnadak.

Commenting on bilateral relations between BiH and the Republic of Ireland, Minister Crnadak said that they were flawless in a political sense, but underlined it was necessary to improve the economic cooperation.

Crnadak informed McEntee about the most recent developments in BiH related to European Commission’s Questionnaire, underlining that “completion of the final technical issues and sending the Questionnaire back to Brussels” was “a matter of days”.

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The two officials also discussed the new EU strategy for the Western Balkans, and Crnadak pointed out that it was important for Bosnia and Herzegovina to have the EU continue with the individual evaluation of countries.

Minister McEntee said that BiH was on the path to the EU and that the country would continue to receive support from Ireland. She also noted that she had been informed about the progress in implementation of the Reform Agenda.

Meanwhile, Italian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Nicola Minasi met with Minister of Security of BiH Dragan Mektic to hand him a letter by Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti, as a follow up to the Regional Police Cooperation conference held on October 24, 2017 in Trieste, within the framework of the IPA project funded by the EU to advance integration of the Western Balkans.

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Mektic and Minasi discussed possibilities for bilateral cooperation, as well as the appointment of the EUROPOL point of contact from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ambassador Minasi expressed encouragement to authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to go ahead with this crucial step to help the European integration of the country.