Summary: Statement by EU Commissioner Rehn at meeting of Bosnia and Herzegovina political party leaders to discuss Constitution (12 November 2005: Brussels)
The European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn made the following statement on 12 November :
"I welcome the meeting of political party leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who came to Brussels to discuss their Constitution. This is a clear sign of an emerging consensus to review the Dayton Constitution. Leaders of the country have the ownership of the process, which the European Commission is ready to facilitate. As we highlighted in our Progress Report of 9 November, it is necessary for the country to develop a functional multiethnic state to serve better its citizens and also to make progress towards European integration. Bosnia and Herzegovina is approaching a new phase of its relations with the European Union with the prospective start of negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. We need a sound and solid partner who is able to take decisions during the negotiations and implement the Agreement later on. It is up to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to decide on constitutional changes. We recommend a constitutional evolution, rather than a constitutional revolution. Ten years after Dayton, it is time for Bosnia and Herzegovina to move from peace building towards state building."