European Commission to call for urgent adoption of changes to Election Law

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The European Commission is about to publish the ‘Enlargement Package’, an annual document which assesses the situation in countries that want to join the 28-member bloc. 

Radio Free Europe (RFE) claims to have seen the document, which allegedly calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to urgently adopt changes to the Election Law.  

The document, set to be published on April 17 in Strasbourg, also reads that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to speed up reforms on country’s path to EU membership in order to eradicate deep structural problems.

According to the RFE, the European Commission notes that the country “delivered at a slow pace throughout 2017” when it comes to EU-related reforms.

The report also reads that “economic developments remain slow, suffering from a weak rule of law, poor business environment, inefficient and fragmented public administration, and major labor market imbalances”.

Furthermore, the EC reportedly believes that the Coordination Mechanism in Bosnia and Herzegovina was an efficient tool in the process of creation of a number of answers to questions from the Questionnaire, which were necessary for creation of European Commission’s opinion about country’s application for membership in the EU. 

Adequate functioning of this mechanism will remain crucial in order for the country to be able to deal with growing challenges in the process of Euro-integration”, the document reads.

Meanwhile, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called on leaders of the Western Balkans “to leave their personal egoism aside, because it is fatal for the future of their countries”.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov [EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

The EU does not want to import new crises and countries, which aspire to be a part of the Euro-Atlantic integration, should resolve problems before they apply for the EU membership”, Borissov said.