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BUCHAREST, March 14 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska President Zeljka Cvijanovic told SRNA that ways for the regions to reinforce and maintain their economies are being discussed at the European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bucharest, that efficient decentralized systems are being promoted and that this approach suits Republika Srpska.


“This is something that we understand well and we see in it a huge benefit for everything we are trying to do for our citizens and to strengthen our institutions,” said Cvijanovic, who is taking part in a two-day summit which started on Thursday.

Cvijanovic says that this is a well-organized summit which gathered representatives of European regions and that Republika Srpska is taking part thanks to the productive and long cooperation between and joint projects by the Republika Srpska Representative Office in Brussels and the EU Regions Committee.

Noting that Europe is on the eve of elections, Cvijanovic said that the summit should offer some answers to the questions of future politics and behavior after the elections that will be conducted in May, and after institutions are established in the fall, and to the questions of how to reinforce the Committee of Regions, which is the greatest proponent of the needs of regions and local communities.

Cvijanovic stressed that the summit is an opportunity to talk with representatives of regions of EU member states and recalled that Republika Srpska has good cooperation with several regions in Italy with which it has signed certain agreements.

Cvijanovic says that she had an opportunity today to speak with representatives of new regions with which Srpska could cooperate and that she expects to meet on Friday with representatives of several regions which want to promote firmer ties and cooperation between institutions at the regional level.

Cvijanovic says that she told them that the structure of Republika Srpska is much simpler than that of some regions and that she expressed satisfaction with the fact that Srpska managed to implement election results, form a new government and continues to function unhindered, and that she expects this to happen at other government levels.

“Some of the questions were how do we see a further path to the EU and obligations relating to additional questions from the European Commission’s Questionnaire. The formation of authorities at all levels remains an obligation which needs to be met in order to enable the European Commission to voice its opinion so that we could get a candidate status, possibly this year,” Cvijanovic said. /end/sg