Chairman of Bosnia’s collective head of state Dragan Čović and chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić presented the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with the response to the EC Questionnaire in Sarajevo.
A ceremony in the Presidency, attended by Bosnian top officials, was joined by the European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Zvizdić said that the work on the response was the most complex phase in the process of fulfilling the obligations from the country’s European agenda. Some eleven hundred government employees and officials took part in responding to 3,242 questions in the Questionnaire. The response contains more than 20,000 pages and 1,115 attached laws and bylaws.
The task took 14 months to complete. The EC will use the response to the Questionnaire to decide on granting Bosnia the status of a candidate for membership in the EU.
“There is no doubt that this is indeed a historic moment for both Bosnia and EU – Bosnian officials will once again celebrate their failure to do their job properly, while the EU administration will for the first time since the 1951 Europe declaration welcome a divergent, conflicting replies to its questionnaire and still declare it a victory for the potential member country,” Srećko Latal wrote in a comment piece on BIRN.