Good RCC-BiH MFA co-operation to continue

Good RCC-BiH MFA co-operation to continue

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanović, met on Tuesday, in Banja Luka, with the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak.

As the RSS press release reads, the two officials discussed co-operation in the region, especially in light of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Chairmanship in the Office (C-i-O) of the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP), taken over from Slovenia at the SEECP Annual meeting, in April.

Crnadak informed Svilanović about the priorities of the BiH SEECP C-i-O under the motto “Better Connectivity for Better Life”. He stressed that connectivity, especially digital, infrastructural, business, security and youth, will be in focus of their SEECP C-i-O priorities.

Further on, Minister Crnadak briefly presented plans in regards to the SEECP calendar, adding that the ministry relied on the continuation of strong co-operation with the RCC, as it is the SEECP’s operational mechanism in charge of promotion and strengthening of regional ties and activities. The Secretary General welcomed the presented priorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s SEECP C-i-O, stressing its complementarity with the RCC agenda in the forthcoming period.

“At the Trieste Summit last year (2017), the region’s leaders endorsed the Long term action plan for the Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) we have prepared, which focuses on strengthening of the Western Balkans’ economic development through connectivity, mobility, investments and trade. Less than a month ago, at the high-level summit of the heads of governments of the region and the EU in Sofia, I presented the preliminary results of the MAP implementation. The full report will be ready and presented to the leaders at their annual Berlin Process Summit, in London, in July”, Svilanović noted.

He said that the MAP REA is well-internalised, with commitment across all levels and in an ongoing implementation phase, especially in the area of connectivity. Therefore, BiH SEECP priorities will be a welcoming additional impetus, because more projects and interventions are needed so that the implementation of MAP REA could be stepped up.

The two officials concluded that the RCC will work closely with the country’s SEECP C-i-O in order to harmonise and maximize planned activities yielding better results for the region…. / IBNA