18:40 / 23.06.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

President urges EU candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina

President Zoran Milanović

President Zoran Milanović

Foto: Davorin Visnjic / Pixsell

President Zoran Milanović on Thursday again urged the European Union to grant membership candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for a two-day summit to decide on the membership candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova, for which there is widespread support.

Milanović requested the same status for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has Slovenian President Borut Pahor's strong support for this, and Austria has also joined the initiative.

The president denounced Prime Minister Andrej Plenković for not doing enough to ensure EU candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also accused local leaders in Bosnia of sabotaging efforts to pass reforms to the electoral law, a key requirement for many in Brussels.

"Croatia has been doing much more for much longer than anybody else. I can see that over the past five days that our friends in Slovenia and Austria have become more actively involved, which is great. But the whole push for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be given EU candidate status has always been led by Croatia," said Plenković in response.

"We have heard from all member states that Ukraine will get the candidate status, which is fine, but Ukraine, just like Moldova, has some huge problems," Milanović said.

"When it's happy hour everybody's drinks are cheaper. It can't be happy hour just for some people. Hold on a second here. It's happy hour. Drinks are simply cheaper for everyone," said Milanović, adding that it was a failed opportunity not to grant Bosnia and Herzegovina candidate status along with Ukraine and Moldova.

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