The fifth Ministerial meeting of the EU – BiH Structured Dialogue on Justice was held in Sarajevo on 17 February 2016. The meeting was co-chaired by the Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, Christian Danielsson, and BiH Justice Minister Josip Grubeša. It reviewed the state of play of the reform priorities in the judiciary, taking stock of expert discussions in the framework of the EU-BiH Structured Dialogue on Justice.
“The focus of our discussion was the jurisdiction of the State Court and a possible new Law on the State Court. We made real progress, but we have still some way to walk,” said Christian Danielsson. “One of the most important features for successful process leading to membership in the European Union is an efficient and independent judiciary. Rule of law is also an essential part of the ambitious Reform Agenda. Progress has been achieved in terms of economic and social reforms, but more work is required in order to guarantee a legally sound business investment climate,” he added.
The meeting was attended by Deputy BiH Minister of Justice, Nezir Pivić, FBiH Minister of Justice, Mato Jozić, RS Minister of Justice, Anton Kasipović, President of the Judicial Commission of Brčko District BiH, Safet Pizović, and the President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH, Milan Tegeltija.
Since 2011, the Structured Dialogue on Justice has aimed to advance structured relations on the rule of law with potential candidate countries. It assists Bosnia and Herzegovina to consolidate an independent, effective, efficient and professional judicial system.