Ambassador Johann Sattler, Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU Special Representative in the country, and EU Heads of Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina met on Monday with members of the Presidency of BiH.
Statement published on the official website of the EU Office in BiH reads that the meeting focused on ways to use political momentum to move the country forward on its EU accession path, in light of the 14 key priorities from the European Commission Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU membership application.
“The first key priority from the Opinion identifies the need to ensure elections are conducted in line with European standards. We expect to see the proper holding of local elections this year, Mostar included, as well as improvements to democratic processes and electoral standards”, Sattler and representatives of the EU Member States informed members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The EU continues to underline that Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to see tangible economic reforms, making the country’s economy fit for Europe. “We stand ready to support authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina on all reforms they undertake to advance the country’s modernization and its ability to take on the obligations of EU membership”, the statement reads.
The ambassadors of the EU Member States underlined that on the eve of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb in May 2020, the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina “should seize the opportunity to demonstrate its readiness to improve the lives of citizens and undertake genuine efforts to address reconciliation and overcome the legacy of the past, as an inevitable element of the EU accession process”.
“Success in this endeavor is important both for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Europe as a whole”, they concluded.
Statement issued by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the meeting reads that Sattler, representatives of EUFOR, ambassadors and representatives of the embassies of the EU Member States have expressed support to formation of the new convocation of the Council of Ministers, and called for cooperation and coordination among all levels of authority in the country.