Minister Logar with Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Turković on bilateral cooperation and Slovenia’s support for Bosnia and Herzegovina on its European path

In the light of the recent EU-Western Balkans summit organized on 6 October 2021 by Slovenia as the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the two ministers discussed the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road to EU. Minister Logar pledged Slovenia’s support on the path to a united and sovereign Bosnia-Herzegovina towards the European Union. He then underlined the need for the country to implement the 14 priorities identified by the European Commission in its opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership, as they provide an appropriate framework and guidelines. for further reforms in the country.

The ministers reviewed the bilateral cooperation and agreed that the relations between the two countries are positive and friendly. Minister Logar also drew attention to the unresolved issue of the status of the ITF – Strengthening Human Security, which has been operating successfully in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1998, and called for its early resolution.

Part of the discussion was devoted to the major challenge currently facing the Union and the countries of the Western Balkans. The two ministers agreed that the economy which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should recover in a way that will actively help reduce inequalities between countries in the region and EU member states. Minister Logar stressed the need to put into practice the economic and investment plan for the region as soon as possible and to provide the necessary executive bases by the end of this year at the latest.

The senior officials exchanged views on the current political and economic situation in the country and the wider region, specifically addressing the issue of migration and the exposure of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Western Balkans migration route. Minister Logar underlined that Slovenia will continue to support cooperation between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the management of migration. Frontex can play an important role in this regard.

Minister Turković thanked Minister Logar for the assistance and political support Slovenia is providing to Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way to the EU as well as for donations of vaccines and other equipment from Slovenia during the pandemic .

This visit, which is Minister Turković’s first bilateral visit to Slovenia, is a continuation of the regular dialogue between the two foreign ministries.

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