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Gilles: EU working hard on a new approach


French Ambassador Roland Gilles says all European capitals are currently developing a new EU approach to Bosnia and Herzegovina announcing that in mid April B&H will be on the agenda of the Union’s foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

Gilles said the recent political gridlock, which ensued after the Sejdic-Finci ruling was not implemented and the coordination mechanism for EU related matters was not agreed upon, prompted the EU to create another approach to B&H.

France does not think that the EU should lower its criteria towards B&H, Gilles said, emphasizing that the reforms that B&H needs will not be skipped.

The ambassador recalled that the last meeting of the EU technical sub-committee was delayed because Bosnia and Herzegovina had not reached an agreement on the coordination mechanism.

“It is France’s view that the major issues must be resolved, such as the Sejdic-Finci ruling and the coordination mechanism,” Gilles told reporters ahead of the Association of Independent Intellectuals “Circle 99” session, where he spoke on the topic entitled “B&H in Gap between Past and Present: What’s Next?”

According to the ambassador, other procedures need to be designed in order to establish the dialogue that would help reach an agreement the people demand, especially in the social sphere.


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