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English09/10/2019

FORMATION OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS PREREQUISITE FOR PROGRESS TOWARDS EU

 

BRUSSELS, October 9 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović spoke today in Brussels with the Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey at the European External Action Service, Angelina Eichhorst, about the political situation in BiH, that is, a paralysis of joint institutions due to obstructions to the formation of authorities.

 

It was pointed out at a meeting that an urgent formation of a new Council of Ministers was a necessary prerequisite for the institutional stability of BiH and the continuation of its advancement in the European integration process.

The Republika Srpska president has said that Republika Srpska is the only one which formed the authorities after last year’s elections and pointed out its firm commitment to quicker progress towards the EU.

“In the same way as it is of crucial importance for the EU and its member states to implement reform processes and enable efficient and stable functioning of this organization, for us, who are in the process of joining or accessing the EU, it is of crucial importance to know how the EU, whose members we would like to be, will look like,” said Cvijanović.

During her visit to Brussels, Cvijanović also met with Christian Danielson, the Director-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, the office of the Republika Srpska president told SRNA.

They talked, among other things, about the implementation of the EU financial assistance to BiH, particularly in the fields of environmental protection, agriculture, rural development, and transport.

Cvijanović said on the occasion that the process of EU financial assistance programming must be carried out in keeping with defined procedures, with full respect for constitutional competences of all levels of authorities and the coordination mechanism in BiH.

Exclusively that way, Cvijanović said, it is possible that the EU financial assistance programming will be efficient and that the financial assistance will be provided to projects which fully meet concrete needs of citizens.

The Republika Srpska president also spoke with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, David McAlister. She has said at a meeting that membership in the EU and regional cooperation remain a priority for Republika Srpska institutions, stressing the necessity of activities that will accelerate the European integration process, which include the formation of authorities at all levels in BiH.

Previously, Cvijanović met with Marco Zanni, the Head of the Identity and Democracy Group in the European Parliament, and Rastislav Trnka, the president of the Slovak region of Kosice, which is this year’s partner of Republika Srpska in the European Week of Regions and Cities event which is being held in Brussels this week. /end/sg