Can Europe – but according to our measure? It is not BH politicians who still took a step forward towards solving the 1+3 package, but they set their own conditions. They are looking for a specific date as a motive for fulfilling obligations, which they should fulfill even without the European path. For the future of the country and the well-being of citizens. However, while they are quick on their demands, they are giving themselves a breather and a new deadline of seven days for the commission’s harmonization of reform laws.
The conditions of the European Commission were specified a long time ago. Meanwhile, the bar has been lowered. Of the 14 priorities originally defined, five were adopted, and now the winning formula 1+3 is in force. But if they fulfill it. March – the month of decision has long been defined as crucial for the European path. The mission is clear: to join the opening of negotiations with the EU. The road has been made easier, but for BiH leaders still thorny. Instead of accounting, the leaders of the state coalition sent a request to those who determine the rules of the game – European officials.
“Please give us a date. If there is no date, then the EU played and is playing with us”, said Milorad Dodik, president of RS entity.
Brash or brave move by the managers of the European destiny of Bosnia and Herzegovina? They condition the European Commission, while they hardly fulfill the European conditions and the set task. The last meeting only gave birth to a conversation and an announcement for a new one. While the fate of the reform laws is uncertain, the condition is exact.
“Let us clearly know the same from our side, if we finish everything, it seems that we can have a precise date, the date of the start of negotiations”, said Dragan Čović, president of HDZ BiH.
“Insist on the fact that if negotiations are opened, we will immediately receive a date,” added Nermin Nikšić, president of the SDP.
The leader’s request is understandable, but unusual to say the least. Those who failed the exam in December are now conditioning Europe by bidding on dates. At the same time, they are not at all sure that they will fulfill the March task.
On the eve of Brussels in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s diplomatic offensive to the political scene. The support of the member states is ambiguous, and the calculation is clear. I can state the conditions, but the tasks must be completed. Within the deadline.
“Each country is an equal party in the negotiation process. If one party sets a condition, it should be carried out. I cannot prejudge the exact date”, said Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia.
The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina gives a green light to the European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The decision to open negotiations with Frontex was adopted. The members of the Presidency have done their job. They are satisfied with the intensification of the leaders’ talks. The final adoption of the law is also awaited.
“After the meeting that took place in Sarajevo, I can say that I am satisfied with what I heard. In order for me to be completely satisfied, this part of the implementation is missing, but I am honestly optimistic”, said Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (DF).
But one should be honest. Unlike previous years, we are getting closer to the door of the EU with small but surer steps. And behind the door are never more favorable conditions and privileges for Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the sale season is only valid until March.
“It’s like when, at the end of the season, stores open their range of goods at discount prices and then when they see that it doesn’t work either, then they give an additional discount,” said political analyst Ranko Mavrak.
And the state coalition could not get a bigger discount. There are only three other laws on the list – on the prevention of conflicts of interest, the Law on Courts, the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and, of course, Frontex. In the next seven days, four priorities for the European road before the host Čović and partners. But also the old challenge. Harmonizing the views of the leaders who would like to get an exact date for the opening of negotiations, while in the meantime they spend time discussing amendments to the Electoral Law, which are not among the priorities for March, Federalna writes.