Prime ministers in BiH close to an agreement on the coordination mechanism

Prime ministers in BiH close to an agreement on the coordination mechanism

Sarajevo, June 8, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

One of the most stressful issues in the political scene of BiH is the agreement on “coordination mechanism” or the manner of decision taking which will be used in relations with EU, on the BiH path to full membership.

After several meetings of RS Prime Minister, Zeljka Cvijanovic, her colleague from Federation BiH Federation BiH, Fadil Novalic, and Chairman of BiH Council of ministers, Denis Zvizdic, they didn’t agree on the basic questions in this mechanism. This, by opinion of many members of international community, slows down the tempo of reforms and the path to EU will be longer. But after a day-long meeting, which finished on Tuesday late afternoon in Sarajevo, all of participants expressed optimism.

Cvijanovic said to the media that the topic for the meeting was planned, but the meeting itself was very eventful. As she said, the system should enable all levels of government to act in accordance with its constitutional powers, and to successfully manage the process of implementation of European commitments.

“We can soon test such a new coordination mechanism as a very complex issue requiring numerous consultations. We have entered the final stage and now, our expert teams need to amend some technical details and conduct some simulations as early as Thursday and Friday, so we could be able to again exchange our views on Monday, Cvijanovic stated.

She pointed out that coordination mechanism doesn’t provide the creation of new institutions or administration during this process, but different joint bodies are only being formed on the basis of the existing structures in order to enable greater mobility, better coordination and more efficient joint work in the European integrations process.

Zvizdic said that an agreement on a coordination mechanism is very serious and demanding work that has been successfully completed, which has almost brought this process to the very end.

“We will finalize this process and harmonise coordination mechanism in the next meeting scheduled for the next week”, Zvizdic said.

Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, also appeared optimistic after the meeting, congratulating Zvizdic, Cvijanovic and Novalic on the excellent job they achieved together.

“EU and myself are very interested in their success, because this is closely related to the functioning of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. It is important for BiH to have efficient and transparent coordination mechanism which will involve all levels of government in line with its constitutional powers”, Wigemark stressed.

According to the Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, it is necessary to reach a consensus for everything in BiH, and this principle includes this issue as well.