Council of the European Union reiterated on Monday its unequivocal commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country.

The press release issued on the official web site reads that “the Council renews its call on Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with government formation and start work without any further delay, in the interest of all citizens”.

The Council recalls that “effective implementation of reforms is necessary to advance on the EU path”.

Furthermore, the Council “welcomes the continued presence of Operation Althea, which in the follow up of the Strategic Reviews 2017 and 2019 has refocused on its core mandate, while retaining the collective training as a task of the Operation”.

In this context, as part of the overall EU strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Council confirms the EU’s readiness to continue at this stage the executive mandate of Operation Althea to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities to maintain the safe and secure environment, under a renewed UN mandate”, the statement reads.

Also, according to the statement, “the Council looks forward to the presentation of the next Strategic Review in 2021 as a basis for discussion with Member States on EUFOR’s tasks and options for the future of the Operation, also bearing in mind the need to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress in its EU integration process and taking into account the security situation on the ground”.

The Council recognized the importance of continued coordination of EUFOR Althea with other international actors on the ground, and continued to “urge the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to accelerate, with the support of the international community, their efforts in the disposal of ammunition, weapons and explosives surplus, as well as in demining”.

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