October 20, 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most important task now is to form a new government based on the results of the October 12 general election and start implementing reforms on a step-by-step basis, the head of the European Parliament delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, Tonino Picula, said in an interview with the Dnevni Avaz daily published on Monday.

Picula said that a speedy formation of government would indicate that the new government could function in a different way than the previous one and that this could encourage the European Union to become more actively involved in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Picula said that he regarded the present administrative organisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, established by the Dayton agreement that ended the country’s 1992-1995 war, as an obstacle to its development and EU integration, and that he expected initiative for constitutional changes to come from the election winners. In that respect he said that mediation and good services from abroad could be expected.

Picula said that the election results had shown that nationalists no longer had so much influence as before, citing the case of Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik who did not achieve the success he had expected.

source: Dalje.com