PM Kristo hopeful Bosnia will get positive response for work on EU-related reforms

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Head of Bosnian government Borjana Kristo met with the General Affairs Council members in Brussels on Tuesday, to discuss the reform activities that the country is conducting on its European path in an effort to meet 14 priorities from the European Commission's Opinion on Bosnia's membership application.

The meeting was hosted by Enlargement and Neighbourhood Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi and Austrian Minister for the EU and Constitution Karolina Edtstadler.

“I presented the results of our work to the members of the General Affairs Council of the EU i.e. the progress achieved in a little longer than a year. I emphasised that the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted and sent to parliamentary procedure 13 draft laws, of which nine are ‘EU’- labelled. Seven of them have already been adopted in the Parliament of BiH,” said Kristo following the meeting.

“I informed them that only last week we held the inaugural session of the Coordination Committee for the Public Administration Reform, when all the acts necessary for the further work were adopted, and previously a coordinator for the public administration reform was appointed too,” she noted.

According to Kristo, the Collegium for the European integration has already convened six times and after a year-long deadlock the body adopted a model of BiH's integration into the EU.

She also emphasised that the obligations referring to the implementation of the Growth Plan were finalised as well, “and we joined the countries of the region in meeting all these obligations in line with the set deadlines.”

“I also informed the General Affairs Council members that we are doing a swift work on the remaining obligations that are lying ahead of us, which refer to certain laws that are in the stage of the harmonisation such as the Law on the Court of BiH, the Law on the Prevention of Conflict of Interest, the law on the Border Control, the Law on the Protection of Personal Data,” said the Chairwoman of the Council of Ministers.

Kristo also informed the EU officials about “intensive and active” work on the changes to the electoral legislation.

“I emphasised that we all in BiH find it particularly important to conduct a comprehensive reform of electoral legislation. That includes both the implementation of the Constitutional Court of BiH's decisions on legitimate representation of the constituent peoples as well as the implementation of all decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, and we all in BiH are fully committed to that. But, that we also must work, make other repairs regarding the democracy and transparency of the electoral process in BiH,” she stressed, adding that all the solutions must be a result of internal dialogue and agreement and that she insists on that.

Kristo said she is convinced that the European Union i.e. the European Council will make a positive stance towards the results that BiH achieved on its European path.

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