Sarajevo, November 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
Head of EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, met on Friday with prime ministers of RS, Zeljka Cvijanovic, and BiH Federation, Fadil Novalic, Chairman of BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, to discuss the implementation of the Reform agenda, as a document of the biggest importance for BiH future and approach to EU integrations.
After meeting Wigemark, he said that the Action Plan for the Reform agenda shows the commitment of all levels of government in the state in its implementation and added that the Council of Ministers, as well as the government of the entities are on the right path.
“We can see that governments on all levels in BiH meaningfully move towards the EU. This is a rare moment in BiH to see a strong commitment to reform. This state begun to catch up with neighbors in this progress towards the EU, which will certainly be reflected in a new report on progress”, Wigemark said.
However, EU Special Representative in BiH strongly underlined that authorities in the country must work harder to establish the rule of law and the fight corruption. Wigemark recalled that anti-corruption strategy was adopted at the state level, emphasising that everyone must respect it and implement their part. He also repeated that the EU is ready to provide financial help to BiH for reforms, but BiH must show good will for those reforms.
“The EU is not trying to centralise this country or change its constitution. We respect the competences of all levels of government. We simply appeal to your politicians to work together for the common good, and I think they are doing so. Moving closer to European standards of economy and good governance are in the interest of everyone. It is a win-win situation”, Wigemark emphasised.
RS PM, Zeljka Cvijanovic, said she is satisfied with meeting, in which participants analysed everything done so far. She added that, for the first time, an atmosphere of real teamwork was created. Cvijanovic reminded that the RS Government implemented large part of the reforms outlined in the Reform agenda through legislation. Part of them, as she said, have already been adopted by the RS National Assembly, and some of them are prepared for Parliamentary procedure or still waiting to be prepared.
“I expect that we will continue down the same path. I also expect that, by the end of the year, we will make a real report on the implementation of the Reform Agenda”, Cvijanovic pointed out.
Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, said that by the end of the year a large part of the reform agenda should be incorporated into legislation, and announced that next month one section of the agenda will have been concluded. He stated that BiH, if it continues with the expected dynamic, by the end of the year could submit a credible application for EU membership.
The meeting was attended by representatives of several financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.