Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob said on Thursday that he was not disappointed with the fact that Slovenia's efforts to make sure that Bosnia and Herzegovina should also be granted status of EU candidate country did not produce results at the ongoing EU summit meeting.
“I am not disappointed. I believe important headway has been made considering that topic,” Golob told reporters after the conclusion of the first day of the Brussels summit meeting.
We have pulled Bosnia and Herzegovina from a sort of European oblivion, said Golob adding that the country has been put back on the EU's agenda.
Commenting on the European Council's conclusions and their segment referring to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Golob said that those two paragraphs (20th and 21st of the document) for the first time explicitly mentioned the possibility for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be granted the status of candidate country provided that the country implements “a substantial set of reforms” out of the 14 priorities already defined by the European Commission in its opinion on BiH.
Golob explained that a time framework was now defined for making it possible for Bosnia's application to be put back on the agenda of the Council of the European Union as soon as possible.
All that can happen in the remainder of this year, and this does not depend on Slovenia or on the European Commission but on the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said the Slovenian PM.