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Eu/bosnia and Herzegovina : Eu Cautiously Welcomes Agreement on Bosnia's Police Reform

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/bosnia and Herzegovina : Eu Cautiously Welcomes Agreement on Bosnia's Police Reform

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The European Commission cautiously welcomed agreement reached on 23 November of six Bosnian political parties to implement the long-delayed reform to the country's police system - the last remaining condition that needs to be met before Sarajevo can initial a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn gave his support to the agreement on the action plan aiming at the implementation of the Mostar Declaration on police reform. But, he stressed that it is just a first step to defuse the current political crisis and relaunch a much-needed process of reform. "Based on the information we received so far we see the possibility of building on that agreement. [ ] But the first step now is the normalisation of the political situation in the country," said Krisztina Nagy, the Commission's enlargement spokesperson, to Europolitics New Neighbours on 28 November.

The statement came after a meeting between Rehn and the EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Miroslav Lajcak, who visited the Commission on 27 November and on the same day also addressed the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

In his address to MEPs, Lajcak, who in June replaced Christian Schwarz-Schilling as EU Special Representative for BiH, described the outcome of the meeting held on 23 November between leaders of six political parties "encouraging". The political parties agreed on a detailed road-map for the implementation of the Mostar Declaration. …

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