Leaders of the SNSD, HDZ and the SDA on Monday in Sarajevo signed a document titled “Principles for the Formation of Authorities at the Level of BiH” which stipulate that the Council of Ministers will be formed within 30 days.
Principles on the basis of which the authorities at the level of BiH will function stipulate that the Dayton Peace Agreement and its 11 annexes, including the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, are respected, as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of BiH as an element of its international subjectivity, “which is the best guarantor of peace and stability, while respecting the Dayton constitutional structure.”
The document says that integration processes should resume in keeping with the Constitution and laws while harmonizing positions and interests of all government levels in BiH.
“The commitment to improve relations with NATO should be confirmed, while not prejudicing future decisions in connection with membership of BiH. All activities in this regard are implemented in keeping with all relevant decisions of the BiH Presidency, the BiH Parliamentary Assembly and the BiH Council of Ministers, having in mind the constitutional competences of the Presidency for the implementation of foreign policy,” says the item 3 of the agreement.
It was agreed on Monday that a commission tasked with NATO integration will cooperate with all relevant institutions with the aim of implementing relations with NATO, which will include the drafting of plans, based on decisions of the BiH Presidency and the Council of Ministers.
The item 4 says that all rulings of domestic and European courts pertaining to the BiH Election Law should be implemented in order to provide for the constitutional and institutional equality of the constituent peoples and citizens and their legitimate representation in the territory of the whole of BiH, in keeping with the BiH Constitution.
It was agreed that the representation of the constituent peoples and others should be secured in institutions at all levels, and that selection and appointments should be done in keeping with competencies of candidates.
The item 5 says that it is necessary to adopt laws and implement measures necessary to prevent and eliminate discrimination on ethnic, religious or other grounds, and to ensure equality in exercising the right to employment, education, social protection, and health care.
“Harmonization of domestic legislation with the EU Acquis communautaire should be done through the mechanism of coordination of European integration of BiH with the aim of meeting necessary conditions for accession to the EU through drafting an action plan for meeting priorities from the European Commission’s Opinion. Conditions should be gradually created through the process of progress towards membership in the EU for BiH institutions to assume full sovereignty and for the OHR to end its mandate in BiH,” says the 6th principle for the formation of authorities in BiH.
The leaders of these three parties reached an agreement stipulating that a new set of socio-economic reforms should be agreed and implemented as the continuation of the previous Reform Agenda, which will be in keeping with the program of economic reforms in BiH, and that the building of a transport, energy and digital infrastructure of strategic interest for BiH and the region should be accelerated.
The 8th item of the agreement pertains to the intensive implementation of measures that will enable for a sustainable return of expelled and displaced persons.
It was agreed that an institutional and legislative framework will be improved and that the prevention and fight against corruption, organized crime, including money laundering and terrorism, should be reinforced.
“Good neighborly relations with Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro should continue while resolving open issues on the principles of reciprocity, mutual respect, and respect for international law,” says the 10th principle for the formation of authorities.
The leaders called on the BiH Parliamentary Assembly to form a commission tasked with appointing the Council of Ministers and other working bodies in keeping with the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure.
“In case the BiH Council of Ministers is not formed within 30 days since the signing, the agreement will be invalid,” says the final item of the agreement.