Minister of Foreign Affairs of BiH Igor Crnadak met, during his working visit to Brussels, with the Vice-President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
Minister Crnadak informed the High Representative Mogherini that the process of completing the Questionnaire of the European Commission is going in accordance with the expected dynamics and that BiH continues its activities with the aim of achieving the status of candidate for EU membership by the end of the year. Minister Crnadak informed the High Representative Mogherini that BiH continues with the implementation of the Reform Agenda and that the main priorities in 2017 are the fight against corruption, economic development, with special emphasis on reducing the high unemployment rate.
During the conversation, Minister Crnadak and High Representative Mogherini agreed that the process of European integration is of great importance for the entire region, and that the process of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans will be continued despite numerous challenges that the EU is facing, such as Brexit, elections in some member States, economic crisis, terrorism, migration etc.
Minister Crnadak discussed with the High Representative the potential revision of the lawsuit of BiH against Serbia for genocide, he introduced her to the possibility that it is a new source of mutual distrust and tensions in BiH as well as the fact that two members of the Presidency are specifically against starting the revision.
During his stay in Brussels, Minister Crnadak held working meetings with co-chairs the Friends Group of BiH in the European Parliament Jasenko Selimovic, members of the European Parliament Eduard Kukan, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Joseph Daul and the Secretary General of EPP Antonio Lopez-Isturiz.
At the end of the visit was scheduled a meeting with the permanent European Parliament rapporteur Cristian Dan Preda, as announced by the Office of Public Relations of MFA BiH.