Yesterday in Mostar, the President of HDZ B&H and Deputy Chairman of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of B&H Dragan Čović held a meeting with a delegation of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, including Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Nataša Tramišak, Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds.
Together with Čović, the meeting was attended by Darijana Filipović, HDZ vice president, and Slaven Zeljko, president of the HDZ Mostar City Board, and Mario Kordic, holder of the city list in front of the party for the upcoming elections in Mostar who attednded online due to being tested positive for coronavirus.
The meeting was followed by a working conference during which EU funds and opportunities for cross-border cooperation were presented. In the statement for the media, the head of Croatian diplomacy stated that the Republic of Croatia sees Bosnia and Herzegovina as whole, stable and functional at all levels, in which all three constitutive nations, as he stated, will have a harmonious relationship.
Grlić Radman also said that Croatia strongly supports B&H on its path to the European Union and NATO membership, and that he will be a sincere and true advocate in this regard.
- If we want B&H in the EU and NATO, then B&H really needs to achieve those standards of the rule of law and all democratic European rights, and one of them is to make changes in the Election Law, which will eliminate discrimination and guarantee every nation equality and adequate political participation and, of course, to ensure equality in all institutions and bodies - said Grlić Radman.
Čović was asked to comment on the fact that US Ambassador to B&H Eric Nelson stated in his blog that the shortcomings of the Dayton Agreement must and can be corrected, he said that "regarding the 25 years of Dayton and the statements about the Dayton Peace Agreement, we have different views. “.
- But, for 20 years, we have been searching for changes and solutions on how to shape the Constitution of B&H on the trail of the transition from the Dayton to the European phase, and that is something we will continue to do. Unfortunately, I do not feel that we have enough quality in the parliamentary debate, and it should have two-thirds majority in both houses of the State Parliament, and I am not optimistic that we could make a change. However, that is why I am very optimistic that in the first six months of next year we will get changes in the Election Law that will ensure the legitimate representation of all three constitutive nations and make preparations so that we can make a step towards European B&H - Čović said.
A generous envelope
Tramišak stated that Croatia expects a generous envelope in the new multi-year financial framework, which is more than 24 billion euros.
- For the territory of B&H, we have the opportunity to use Interreg IPA Croatia – B&H - Montenegro and we can say that already now, in this programming period, there were quality projects and cooperation, and in the context of the new 184 million euros, surely a larger allocation of funds will be directed to this area - said Tramišak