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Stabilization and Associations Council meeting held today in Brussels

HRVP Federica Mogherini and Denis Zvizdic, President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina © European Union , 2017 / Photo: Elvis Barukcic

SARAJEVO – The meeting of the Stabilization and Association Council between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union held today in Brussels, after which the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić addressed the journalists.

Mogherini said that BiH is working on preparing the answers to the European Commission Questionnaire, and that everything is reduced to the reform of the economy and public administration.

Delegations at the meeting discussed the progress BiH has made in the process of implementing the reforms, and Mogherini stressed that BiH will adopt a set of laws on increasing excise taxes. She also added that it is necessary to work on structural reforms and an impartial judiciary. She concluded that she expects BiH to sign a transport agreement.

Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić said that the economic environment in BiH has significantly improved and that the progress has been presented in the last year’s EU Report for BiH. He also said that the fight against all forms of crime and terrorism continues.

He added that BiH is committed to strengthening regional cooperation, recalling the recent session of the Council of Ministers of BiH and the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

Speaking about the recent marking of the anniversary of the genocide against Bosniaks captured in Srebrenica in July 1995, Mogherini said that she belongs to the generation for which Srebrenica is the worst scar on European skin.

Mogherini did not want to specifically answer the question about possible sanctions against President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik for denying the genocide. She said that she talked to Dodik last night, as that and that he said to her he is determined to be constructive.