Sarajevo, November 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met on Monday in Brussels with Dragan Covic, Chairman of the BiH Presidency, to take stock of the state of play in bilateral relations as well as the challenges ahead.
At the meeting, participants concluded that all institutions at the state and other levels in BiH are doing their best to fulfill integration commitments, especially those which were defined by the conclusions of the Council for Foreign Affairs.
As Covic said to reporters after the meeting, which purpose was to discuss the application for BiH membership in the EU, during the conversation he reminded Mogherini on the progress that BiH has made in order to fulfill the requirements for the next important step on the road towards the EU. The Chairman of BiH Presidency also expressed his satisfaction with the recently published report on the progress of BiH for 2015, in which emphasis is placed on the visible results of the dedicated work of the BiH on European integration process.
“He pointed out that a positive progress report, further motivate local authorities to continue to meet the remaining obligations”, it was announced from the BiH Presidency.
In this regard, Covic noted that the current highest priority issues are the further meaningful implementation of the Reform agenda with functional coordination mechanism, and adaptation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. This adaptation must be done in order to take in account of the Croatian accession to the EU.
EU Delegation in BiH announced that participants on the meeting discussed impressive progress BiH has made in the context of its Reform Agenda over the past year and further concrete steps that need to be taken for the positive momentum to continue, thus paving the way for the next phase on BiH’s European path. This will be further discussed at the upcoming first EU-BiH Association Council in Brussels on December 11.
“High Representative Mogherini and Mr. Covic also exchanged views on the reinforced efforts to prevent radicalisation and the fight against terrorism, crucially important in the wake of the recent attacks in BiH, the EU and beyond, emphasises the EU Delegation in BiH in its announcement.
On the meeting it was jointly concluded that it is necessary to continue to address all significant issues, with regular meetings at the highest level, which will have the goal of guiding and encouraging progress in the EU accession process.