Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/bosnia and Herzegovina : Ep Rings Warning Bell on Political Stalemate in Bih

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/bosnia and Herzegovina : Ep Rings Warning Bell on Political Stalemate in Bih

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The European Parliament has sounded the alarm over the prolonged political stalemate in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which is dragging the country away from the European Union. "The situation could not be worse," said Doris Pack (EPP-ED, Germany), the author of the resolution on Bosnia, which was adopted by the plenary session on 23 October. "Divisions along ethnic lines are growing, the Office of the High Representative is not using its powers and nobody fears or respects it. Politicians are doing nothing" to overcome this stalemate, Pack said. She strongly urged the Bosnian government and the political elite to stop quarrelling and adopt "real political reforms," including one on administration. Due to the complex structure of the country, some 167 ministers are currently working in Bosnia, Pack noted, underlining that such a construction is extremely insufficient and generates high costs.

Bosnia is divided into two entities: the Republika Srpska (49% of the territory) and the Federation (51%) as well as a self-governing administrative unit - the District of Brcko. Each of the two entities has its own political structure and administration, with an overarching but relatively weak central government.

Echoing Pack's remarks, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn warned that continued "lack of common vision among the country's leaders about its future and absence of consensus on EU reforms" could jeopardise the successful implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), which Bosnia signed with the EU in June. …

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