Peace Implementation Council members to express support to High Rep Schmidt

NEWS 08.12.2022 11:45
Source: F.Z./N1

Political directors of the Peace Implementation Council's Steering Board are commencing a two-day session on Thursday, during which they will discuss developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. N1 learns from diplomatic sources that the PIC member states will express support to the international peace envoy in BiH, High Representative Christian Schmidt, and his activities towards strengthening of functionality of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other levels of authority.

Reportedly, the main topics of the two-day session will include meeting of the conditions for Bosnia's integration into the European Union.

The PIC SB's conclusions will be presented by Schmidt on Friday.

The High Representative who oversees the implementation of the peace process in the country was assigned with special powers via the Dayton Peace Agreement to impose laws and dismiss officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Since he assumed office in August last year, Schmidt used the Bonn powers on several occasions, with the latest instance on the election night when he imposed changes to the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina and changes to the Constitution of Bosnia's Federation entity (FBiH), titled ‘Measures to improve Federation Functionality‘, which among other things define election of delegates in Federation's House of Peoples, appointment of judges to the Federation's Constitutional Court and prevents abuse of the vital national interest mechanism.

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