Statement by the EU Spokesperson on the agreement to form a new Council of Ministers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brussels, 5 August 2019 – Today’s agreement of political party leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina to form a new Council of Ministers – facilitated by EU Special Representative Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark – is an important step forward, first and foremost for the country and its citizens. The formation of a government is also crucial for the country’s advancement in the European Union integration process.

The political parties have firmly committed to establish functioning authorities and to continue with the implementation of necessary legislative and socio-economic reforms as well as with concrete steps in the key area of fighting corruption and organised crime.

To keep the necessary momentum, we expect the political leadership in Bosnia and Herzegovina to proceed with the formation of authorities and to enable the regular functioning of all institutions without further delay to ensure reform implementation in line with European standards and values.