In an interview for Sarajevo-based daily newspaper Dnevni avaz, Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU Special Representative in the country Johann Sattler said that Bosnia and Herzegovina has received more than EUR 200 million from the European Union for implementation of a number of projects between 2018 and 2020, including the construction of Corridor Vc.
“However, the money, as well as many other projects worth nearly EUR one billion, are awaiting formation of the authority”, said Sattler, reminding that 13 projects are waiting for an approval in the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The EUSR noted that Bosnia and Herzegovina was progressing too slowly towards the European Union.
“Even though the EU can be somewhat to blame, numerous instruments are being used way too often in this country in order to additionally slow down this path. Some politicians are using divisive rhetoric, and there is a lot of empty talk. None of that is helping BiH make some progress, on the contrary”, said Sattler.
According to Sattler, EU Member States’ decision not to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia was not fair, but it does not mean the EU enlargement process has been completely and permanently stopped.
Sattler concluded that he expected the EU leadership to have a clearer picture on the issue before the EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb in the spring of 2020.