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A state-of-the-art Bosnian-Croatian border crossing was opened at Bijaca near Ljubuski on Friday, an investment of EUR 9.6 million, the majority of which came from the European Union.

The ribbon at the opening ceremony was cut by Bosnian Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda and the head of the cooperation department in the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Melvin Asin.

Bevanda said Bosnia was symbolically getting a finished border crossing with the EU, of which Croatia is a member, only days before applying for EU membership.

The head of Bosnia's indirect taxation authority, Miro Dzakula, said Bijaca was one of the most modern border crossings in this part of Europe. He said the European Commission had set aside EUR 18 million for the construction of border crossings with the EU and another EUR 5 million for software for the unification of customs authorities.

Asin said the Bijaca crossing, which is on the Vc corridor, would have special significance as it was equipped with laboratories for the export of goods of plant and animal origin.

Bosnian authorities set aside EUR 4 million to build and equip the crossing and the European Commission EUR 5.5 million through the IPA pre-accession fund.

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