German Chancellor Merkel: Changes to Election Law are necessary

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Members of the tripartite Presidency of BiH - Bakir Izetbegovic, Mladen Ivanic and Dragan Covic - met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday evening in Berlin. 

Merkel told a press conference before the meeting that Bosnia and Herzegovina needed to amend the Election Law, and expressed concern over the deadlock in the country.

Amendments to the Election Law are necessary (…) Election date has been set, and we are going to discuss how to achieve progress. We do not want to have institutions blocked”, said Merkel.

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The German Chancellor underlined that Germany supported European prospect of all the Western Balkan countries.

Last time we intensely talked about all the steps, and those steps, in the eyes of the EU, represent conditions, and we are going to discuss this reform process and the EU accession”, she said.

Chairman of the Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic expressed hope that Bosnia and Herzegovina would be given the status of the EU Candidate Country by the end of 2018.

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Negative news sometimes come from Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are making progress on the EU path. We are the first in the region when it comes to export and decrease of unemployment rate. You helped us on our new course, and that is a lot for a small country such as BiH… We need peace, reforms, and we do have funds, we do have laws and plans. We need a friend on that path”, said Izetbegovic.

According to Presidency member Dragan Covic, the meeting was an opportunity for BiH officials to discuss political and economic situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Merkel.

Covic said after the meeting that they had also discussed the upcoming general elections in the country. He explained that members of the Presidency of BiH had painted a correct picture of the situation in BiH, and informed Merkel about how they were doing everything in their power to prevent the situation from escalating even further.