Ambassador of Republic Austria in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Pan-European Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina have organized in Sarajevo the conference “Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austrian Presidency of the EU” regarding Austrian presidency of the Council of EU.
Parliamentary Assembly of BiH has gathered representatives of the European Union, ambassadors of the state members of the European Union, creators of the politics in BiH, experts, analysts and civil society representatives in order to discuss the main aspects of the EU enlargement process and the process of the European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also reforms in the field of rule of law and bilateral help in establishing consensus, reconciliation and visions for future.
CEO President of Pan-European Union BiH Haris Ćutahija said that the Pan-European Union of BiH has been conducting activities in order to help establishing consensus of all the actors in the process of European Integration.
– Governing authorities and opposition should look for the common vision on how to avoid cheap political rhetoric in the process of European Integration. Bosnia and Herzegovina has friends in institutions of European Union but this means nothing if this country does not start certain processes and reforms on its own – concluded Ćutahija.
Ambassador of the Republic Austria in BiH Martin Pammer said that his country advocates for the further enlargement of the European Union though this has not been official attitude of all the state members. He stressed that Austria is interested to help BiH to develop in any way and expressed hope that after election our country will get the constructive forces who will continue to implement Reform Agenda and consolidate European path of BiH.
Klaus Wolfer, CEO of the Office for EU Enlargement by Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Austria, that chairs EU in this half-year mandate, is frustrated by the border disputes between members of EU and finds that the countries of the Western Balkans must solve such and other issues by dialogue before accessing European Union. Wolfer, who is very familiar with the region due to the years of being on the certain position in Belgrade and Zagreb, have praised over this and similar activities of the Pan-European Union BiH in the process of joining the European Union.
CEO of the Delegation of European Union in BiH Lars Gunnar Wigemark said that seemingly irreconcilable sides can work things out if there is a will, stating an example of the coordination mechanisms in BiH established as a connection between different levels of government in order to enable them to speak with Brussel “in common voice”. He invited political actors in BiH to initiate deal after elections on how to implement accomplished results in order to continue the process of European Integration and all in the “spirit of compromise”.
Numerous participants of the conference pointed to the problem of declarative advocacy of domestic politicians for EU Integration and lack of actual results, reminding that countless of young and educated people are leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina at this present moment.