Stay on Track with the Reforms, European Lawmakers Tell Bosnia

Bosnia needs to overcome its divisions and remain united throughout the EU membership application evaluation process, said members of the European Parliament in a resolution adopted Wednesday.

Parliament’s rapporteur on Bosnia Cristian Dan Preda said: “2016 was a particularly good year for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they launched an official application to join the EU in February and the European Commission sent out its questionnaire in December. Considerable progress has been achieved and we very much hope that the  Commission will shortly be stating that BiH has won the status of a candidate country. We need to encourage the authorities to stay on track with the reforms decided upon in 2015, so that Bosnia and Herzegovina can become an effective, inclusive, democratic country based on rule of law.”

MEPs regret that “the declared political commitment to combat corruption did not translate into tangible results” in Bosnia. They see a need for effective scrutiny of political party and electoral campaign financing, transparent public sector employment and an end to corruption in public procurement cycle.

MEPs stress that the EU remains committed to Bosnia’s EU perspective, territorial integrity and unity. They call on Bosnia to use the EU membership application evaluation process to prove that it is a functioning state. They view the Republika Srpska entity government’s efforts to establish parallel channels of communication with the European Commission as unacceptable.

 

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