2016 Country Report presented to Entities’ governments and parliaments

Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, and Deputy Head of Delegation Khaldoun Sinno presented the European Commission’s 2016 Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic and the Prime Minister of the Federation of BiH Fadil Novalic, in separate meetings held on 10 November 2016 in Banja Luka and Sarajevo respectively.

Wigemark and Sinno praised the key positive developments, such as progress in the implementation of the Reform Agenda, agreement on the Coordination mechanism, conclusion of the negotiations on SAA adaptation, and adoption of the framework transport strategy, among others.

They also discussed the findings of the Report with the leadership of the Entities’ parliaments, and the Committee for European Integration of the RS National Assembly.

The Report provides clear assessment of situation in a wide range of areas, and gives specific recommendations that should be taken as guidance for the reforms that BiH needs. In that respect, Wigemark and Sinno encouraged the authorities to continue to address the socio-economic challenges, strengthen the judicial independence and ensure that there is a new strategic framework needed for public administration reform and civil service legal framework. They particularly emphasised the need for the country-wide strategies in agriculture, energy and environment to be adopted.