Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Croatia Tonino Picula noted that it was difficult to say when Bosnia and Herzegovina would get the status of the EU Candidate Country.

Former Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the country was not making any progress, as there were no political, economic and social reforms, and it only contributed to already poor relations among political parties and blockade of institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Picula believes that principles of equality, subsidiarity and federalism are being insufficiently respected in Bosnia and Herzegovina, even though implementation of those principles is necessary for the country to complete transition into efficient and fully functional state.

Looking at the past 20 years, I can’t help feeling that above all right-wing governments in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are using unresolved issues, such as borders and inter-ethnic tensions, to mobilize their voters”, said Picula.

He concluded that “three ethnic political elites in the country actually do not want to undo the Gordian Knot and upgrade the dysfunctional Dayton organization, electoral and political system, while preserving territorial integrity of the country”.