Sarajevo, November 6 – The Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, said today that the Action Plan for the Reform Agenda shows the readiness of all government levels in BiH to implement the Agenda, and noted that the BiH Council of Ministers, as well as the Governments of Republika Srpska and the FBiH, took the right path. Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalic, and the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, today presented the Action Plan for the Reform Agenda and an update to its implementation to representatives of the EU, international financial institutions and the US Embassy.
Wigemark told a press conference after a meeting that much work remains to be done in the socio-economic sphere and the rule of law, and added that BiH started to catch up with its neighbours on the path to the EU.
He said that the EU and international financial institutions are ready to secure 1.5 billion euros in the next three years for the implementation of reforms and infrastructure projects.
Wigemark stressed that the EU is not working to centralise BiH in any way and that it respects all its government levels.
Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said that she is satisfied with today’s meeting where everything that has been done so far was analysed, noting that an atmosphere of teamwork has been created for the first time.
She said that the Republika Srpska authorities implemented a large part of reforms stipulated by the Reform Agenda through laws, some of which have already been passed by the Republika Srpska Parliament, and some have been drafted or are being drafted.
“I expect we will continue working this way in the future as well,” Cvijanovic said, adding that she expects a real report on the implementation of the Reform Agenda to be made by the end of the year.
The Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, said that a great part of the Reform Agenda should be incorporated in laws by the end of the year, and announced that another update of the implementation of the Agenda will be made next month.
Zvizdic said that when it comes to the implementation of the Reform Agenda, BiH is meeting deadlines and reiterated that BiH could file a credible application for membership in the EU by the end of the year.
Regarding a coordination mechanism, Zvizdic stressed that the constitutional structure of BiH will be strictly respected.
FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalic said that the Action Plan in the FBiH was transformed into 51 items, ten of which have passed Parliament, and that 12 are in the concluding phase, eight of which will be before Parliament by the end of the year.