Varhelyi: European Commission recommends candidate status for Bosnia

NEWS 12.10.202213:50 0 komentara

European enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi confirmed on Wednesday that the European Commission has recommended the European Union candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Commission recommended that Bosnia and Herzegovina is granted candidate status by the Council on the understanding that the following steps are taken:

  • adopt, as a matter of priority, integrity amendments in the existing law of High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council
  • adopt a new law on the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council and adopt the law on Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • adopt the law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest
  • take decisive steps to strengthen the prevention and fight against corruption and organised crime
  • decisively advance work to ensure effective coordination, at all levels, of border management and migration management capacity, as well as ensuring the functioning of the asylum system
  • ensure prohibition of torture, notably by establishing a national preventive mechanism against torture and ill-treatment
  • guarantee freedom of expression and of the media and the protection of journalists, notably by ensuring the appropriate judicial follow-up to cases of threats and violence against journalists and media workers
  • ensure a track record in the functioning at all levels of the coordination mechanism on EU matters including by developing and adopting a national programme for the adoption of the EU acquis

Bosnia and Herzegovina formally applied for the membership in 2016 and three years later the European Commission issued the Opinion on the application, outlining 14 reform priorities the country need to implement before it is granted the candidate status.

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