European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Sarajevo on Friday that Bosnia and Herzegovina and all other countries in the Western Balkans, had strong European prospects and reassured them that the European Commission would do its best to keep those prospects strong, however, the EU aspirants should carry out reforms and closer cooperate with one another to confirm their preparedness for EU membership.
The stability of the region can be preserved only with help of European prospect, the Commissioner said at a press conference.
He finds it encouraging that the Western Balkan prime ministers, who gathered for a summit meeting in Sarajevo on Thursday, showed their commitment to closer cooperation and to the establishment of a 20-million strong single regional market which will be beneficial to the exchange of goods and services and to regional economic potential.
All this is to be hammered out by a summit meeting of the Berlin Process which is set for July in Trieste. By then, legislative and institutional frameworks for the future single market should be proposed so that the most influential EU member-states could support it, according to the EC Commissioner.
Hahn, who attended the summit meeting on Thursday, met with Bosnia and Herzegovina's top officials including the country's Prime Minister Denis Zvizic and the two entities' premiers: Fadil Novalic and Zeljka Cvijanovic, on Friday.
The main topic of their talks were Bosnia and Herzegovina's fulfilment of its obligations stemming from the 2015 reform plan drafted within the then British-German Initiative on Bosnia.
Hahn today assessed that important effects had been achieved during the implementation of that reform plan, and added that reforms must go on so that ordinary people could feel their effects.
Hahn praised the executive authorities for their efforts and called on local lawmakers to keep pace with them and adopt necessary laws.