Slovenia supports Bosnia’s EU candidate status

STA, 19 June 2022 – Slovenia has presented a proposal to grant Bosnia and Herzegovina EU candidate status already at the EU summit next week. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon will present it to her European counterparts on Monday at a session of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

The proposal obtained by the STA shows that Bosnia would obtain the status at the summit on June 23 and 24, which will be attended by Prime Minister Robert Golob.

Golob suggested during his visit to Brussels earlier this week that he will offer to grant Bosnia and Herzegovina candidate status.

According to the proposal, Bosnia would have to adopt the laws set out in the political agreement reached by Bosnian political parties during talks in Brussels a week ago before membership talks can begin.

These are the law on the Superior Council of the Judiciary and Prosecutors, the law on the courts, the law on the prevention of conflicts of interest and the law on public procurement.

Once these laws come into force, the negotiation of chapters 23 on justice and fundamental rights and 24 on justice, freedom and security could be opened.

The other negotiation chapters would be opened once Bosnia had fulfilled the criteria set out in the Brussels agreement in the area of ​​elections and other relevant areas.

As EU sources told the STA, Minister Fajon will, if given the opportunity, present the proposal at Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers.

President Borut Pahor has recently been actively advocating for granting Bosnia candidate status.

This week, he outlined the initiative in a letter to European Council President Charles Michel, as he is expected to seek his support at the Three Seas Initiative summit in Latvia on Monday.

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