Varhely: Western Balkans Should Take Advantage of Croatian EU Presidency

By 28 January 2020

ZAGREB, January 28, 2020 - European Union Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhely said during a meeting with the chairmen of both houses of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament in Brussels on Monday that the Croatian presidency of the Council of the EU would be a chance for Western Balkan countries, calling on Bosnia and Herzegovina to carry out the necessary reforms.

According to a statement from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament, Varhely said that the forthcoming summit in Zagreb was an opportunity to put the focus on the Western Balkans region and encourage the development of education and the economy. He also expressed concern about the influx of migrants into the region.

The chairman of the House of Representatives, Denis Zvizdić, and the chairman of the House of Peoples, Dragan Čović, said that Bosnia and Herzegovina expected further assistance from the EU to put the migrant crisis under control.

They expressed their country's full commitment to EU membership, saying that Bosnia and Herzegovina was focused on meeting the criteria for obtaining the status of a membership candidate.

Čović emphasised the importance of EU integration for strengthening the internal stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina and said he expected an agreement on electoral legislation to be reached by early April, which would enable elections to be held in the southern city of Mostar.

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