16:58 / 30.01.2023.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Plenković and Čović: Resolve key issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a step forward on the European path

Čović and Plenković

Čović and Plenković

Foto: Twitter / Vlada RH

Today, a meeting between Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the President of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr. Dragan Čović was held at the government building in Zagreb. They discussed all the processes that follow after the confirmation of the new Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Ministers and further reform processes after the acquisition of Bosnia and Herzegovina's candidate status.

Andrej Plenković and Dragan Čović emphasized that the election of Borjana Krišto as the chairperson of the Council of Ministers is an opportunity for bilateral relations between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to be raised to an even stronger level in the coming period. They cited cooperation in terms of joint infrastructure projects, strengthening of bilateral trade, economic relations, as well as the transfer of Croatia's experiences in the process of accession and full membership in the EU.

Dragan Čović pointed out that the new government at the state level and the partners that make it up must complete the process of agreement on key political issues. It was concluded that the political dialogue of the representatives of all three constituent nations has no alternative in reaching an agreement on the Bosnia and Herzegovina Electoral Law, which would give momentum to the consolidation of internal relations and the creation of a positive atmosphere for all much-needed reforms in business, economic and technological aspects. He thanked Prime Minister Plenković for all the efforts he made to help the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as for his key contribution in obtaining candidate status of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership in the EU.

Prime Minister Plenković emphasized the need for urgent formation of authorities at all levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the Federation, in order to ensure the functionality of all institutions and the state. He emphasized that political representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina should open the subject of electoral legislation reform as soon as possible in order to ensure the full equality of all three constituent peoples, especially the Croats as the smallest. He added that he expects high-quality and effective cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Council of Ministers on a number of topics that connect Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he will discuss soon in Zagreb with the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Borjana Krišta, during her official visit to Croatia.

Source: HRT

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