Wigemark in Banja Luka to negotiate on the reform agenda

Wigemark in Banja Luka to negotiate on the reform agenda

Banja Luka, June 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

EU Special representative in BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark came in Banja Luka on Friday to hold a meeting with Republic of Srpska PM, Zeljka Cvijanovic, and to discuss the reform agenda and conditions for its adoption as a condition for the continuation of the path towards the EU.

After the meeting, Cvijanovic told the media that she expect that in the next several weeks an acceptable text will be made and that it is important that the text meets all criteria of those who is supposed to implement it.

“We discussed certain solutions which were offered by RS and those which were offered by Federation BiH, because they also have some comments on the previous text. Our wish is to come down to a reliable document”, Cvijanovic said.

She added that RS Government gathered comments from all ministries and that the reform agenda was discussed at a government session. The government considered this document as the draft material of the agenda, Cvijanovic said, and government wants it to contain solutions which will be able to implement and which definitely are all what BiH needs to reform the economic and society.

Wigemark stressed that it is important that reform agenda reflect the views of all sides, including RS.

“We discussed the details of certain questions which are very important for the reform program. It is also very important to preserve the momentum that has been achieved in relations between the EU and BiH”, Wigemark said on the press conference.

Welcoming the efforts of RS Government on this document, Wigemark emphasized that he is optimist about the reform agenda and that talks will continue in next days. As he said, it is not the time certain key issues for future of the country be blocked for petty political attitudes.

Answering the question whether the reform agenda provides the privatization of the energy sector, which was the main obstacle for the RS signature, Wigemark said that he didn’t see something like that in the documents he was able to review. But, he said that certain reforms in this sector are also necessary and all sides know that.