EU official urges BiH to form government, implement reforms

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/3/29 8:30:40

Members of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic (2nd L), Vjekoslav Bevanda (3rd L) and Mirko Sarovic (1st L) attend a meeting with Johannes Hahn (3rd R), commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), March 28, 2019.(Photo: Xinhua)

Visiting EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn on Thursday urged Bosnia and Herzegovina's authorities to form a government quickly in order to resume reforms.

During a meeting with Chairman of BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik and Presidency members Sefik Dzaferovic and Zeljko Komsic, Hahn said the European Commission is working on the preparation of an opinion on the country's responses on 3,242 questions.

"Our ambition is to deliver the opinion until the end of May this year, under the condition for authorities to form the government at all levels, not only at the country's level, but also at the level of Federation of BiH," Hahn told reporters.

It is important in order to have authorities which will continue implementation of the reforms, he said.

Five months have passed after BiH held its general elections on Oct. 7 of 2018, electing, among others, the Federation of BiH (FBiH) Parliament and assemblies of ten cantons in FBiH, one of the entities.

Different political views of parties that represent three major ethnic groups in the country -- Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs -- had resulted in the deadlock in government formation.

For their part, BiH's Presidency members have highlighted the commitment to continue socio-economic reforms, intensifying the fight against corruption and creating favorable conditions for investment and job creation, according to a statement by the BiH's presidency press office.


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