Bosnian Croat leader: I expect EU’s Borrell to prompt election reform in Bosnia

NEWS 14.03.2022 17:11
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Source: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL

Bosnian Croat leader, Dragan Covic, on Monday said that he expected European Commission Vice President, Josep Borrell, to prompt an agreement on amendments to the election law and remove the blockade of state institutions when he visits the country this week.

“Mr Borrell is coming to attend a meeting between representatives of all three constituent peoples in order to adopt very clear conclusions to immediately resolve the issue and remove any political misunderstanding which must not undermine Bosnia’s functioning any longer,” Covic told a press conference in Mostar when asked about the continuation of negotiations on the election legislation reform.

As part of his tour of Southeast Europe this week, Borrell, who is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday where he will meet with senior officials in the country as well as visit the EUFOR military mission.

The EU delegation in Bosnia said that Borrell’s visit will once again demonstrate the EU’s commitment and support to the region against a backdrop of the Russian war against Ukraine and its impact on Europe’s overall security.

Covic announced the resumption of the talks on the election reform with the U.S. and European mediators as well as the Bosniak side but also the Serb side which, according to Covic, is included in the process. He added that over the past ten days he had online meetings with US Special Envoy Matthew Palmer and Managing Director at the EU’s External Action Service, Angelina Eichhorst regarding the completion of the process.

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