Summary: September 17, 2003: Press Release. Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, met Adnan TERZIC, BiH Prime Minister, and Mladen IVANIC, BiH Minister of Foreign Affairs (Brussels)
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) met today with Adnan TERZIC, BiH Council of Ministers' Chairman, and Mladen IVANIC, BiH Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Javier SOLANA underlined that relations between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina were strong and improving. He expressed the EU’s commitment to BiH, and to assisting the country in the future. He cited the successful work of the EU Police Mission (EUPM) since its launch in January 2003, as an example of the EU’s growing role in the country. But he said that how fast BiH moved towards EU membership depended not on the EU, but on BiH and the pace of reform. There was much work to be done.
In this context, the two ministers briefed Javier SOLANA on the reforms that were now being undertaken in BiH as part of the process of European integration. Javier SOLANA welcomed the progress that had been made in the Commissions on the three major reforms: introducing VAT and unifying customs; bringing the BiH armed forces under proper civilian control at the state level; and reforming BiH’s intelligence services. He said that it now depended on the BiH government and parliaments to get this groundbreaking legislation through in time.
Javier SOLANA said: “The eyes of Europe will be on BiH this autumn. We will be wishing you well as you take these key reforms through the parliamentary process. If you succeed, BiH will have passed a major milestone on the road to Europe.”