SAPC members recognize the efforts of BiH institutions and the progress in fulfilling EC priorities

The session of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC) between the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH (BiH PA) and the European Parliament ended today in Sarajevo with discussing the fulfillment of 14 key priorities from the Opinion of the European Commission on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for membership in the European Union (EU) and adopting the joint statement of co-chairs.

“In a frank and open discussion, the members of the SAPC recognized the efforts of the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the progress achieved in fulfilling the priorities of the European Commission with the aim of further progress on the European path of our country,” announced the Press Service of the BiH PA.

The participants of the two-day session expressed the hope that Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue to implement reforms and fulfill the priorities of the European Commission in the coming period, as well as that the European institutions will make positive decisions in November and December of this year, especially the decision to open accession negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be of great importance for the future of all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a strong incentive for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina to speed up the European path.

SAPC co-chairs Snježana Novaković Bursać (BiH PA) and Romeo Franz (European Parliament) agreed on a joint statement, which emphasizes that the 3rd session of SAPC was held at a crucial moment since next week the European Commission will announce the expansion package for the year 2023.

In this regard, the joint statement expressed the hope that the successful holding of the SAPC session in Sarajevo will lead the European Commission to the conclusion that key priority number 3 from the Opinion has been fully fulfilled.

The statement also expresses the determination not to lose momentum in inter-parliamentary relations between BiH PA and the European Parliament and to breathe new life into the parliamentary dimension of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between BiH and the EU.