Wigemark: Emphasis of Strategy for Western Balkans is on regional cooperation and component of reconciliation

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Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative Lars-Gunnar Wigemark attended a roundtable organized under auspices of the Paneuropean Union of BiH in cooperation with BiH Parliament Joint Commission for European Integration in Sarajevo on Monday, where he said that the EU’s Strategy for the Western Balkans will be used as basis for all upcoming activities of the six Western Balkan countries in process of integration. ‘BiH in EU enlargement process – response to perspective’.

Wigemark also noted that the Strategy emphasized regional cooperation and component of reconciliation, and also that all unsolved border issues must be solved. He called on all actors in the country to refrain from mentioning any deadlines, regardless of whether it is about status of candidate or some other activities, because often mention of deadlines creates expectations and, when they are not met, it leads to disappointment. He announced the upcoming visit of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. According to Wigemark, the EU officials will convey three significant messages during the visit; they will welcome completion of process of answering the EC's Questionnaire and completion of other reform measures; their second message will be call for continuation of these activities, because there is no room for making any breaks although this is the year of elections; the third message will be that regional cooperation has to be intensified.

Bulgarian Ambassador to BiH Avgustina Tzvetkova – Karabascheva, who attended the event as well, recalled of the slogan of Bulgarian EU Presidency – United we stand strong, adding that Bulgaria got an opportunity to bring the focus back on countries of the Western Balkans. “We thank our partners in the EU for making it possible, so, that the focus of our everyday activities is on the Western Balkan countries. Now, of course, it is on leaders and citizens of the Western Balkan countries to speed up the EU integration process”, she added. Tzvetkova - Karabascheva also reminded of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, which will take place in May in Sofia, and which will focus on efforts in process of the EU integration.

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