September 12, 2023 Parlament Activities

Picula: BiH deserves a decision on the start of negotiations in December

Croatian Member of the European Parliament, Tonino Picula, met with Elmedin Konaković, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, today in Strasbourg to discuss the potential start of negotiations with the EU.

The meeting was prompted by Minister Konaković's visit to Strasbourg, with the main topic of discussion being Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress on the European path and the possible commencement of EU negotiations.

Minister Konaković presented the results and efforts made in meeting the criteria for opening EU negotiations. Bosnia and Herzegovina recently adopted a law on the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (VSTV), the body responsible for selecting and dismissing judges and prosecutors. This is one of the most important conditions for starting negotiations on EU accession.

MEP Picula expressed his support for the European Council's decision, expected in December of this year, to initiate accession talks.

"Since the remarkably swift formation of the government, Bosnia and Herzegovina has begun to deliver tangible results. The granting of candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina, due to geopolitical circumstances and the Russian aggression against Ukraine, has indeed brought about positive developments and concrete results that Bosnia and Herzegovina has started to deliver. I believe that it is the right time for the European Council to acknowledge these results and make a decision to start the accession negotiations with the EU in December of this year. It would be the best response to unconstitutional actions by those who question Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state," Picula concluded.

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