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Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic
Photograph: HINA/ FENA/ Emanuel soca/ ua

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party and First Deputy Prime Minister, Tomislav Karamarko, and the Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Dragan Covic, agreed in Zagreb on Monday that it was realistic to expect Bosnia and Herzegovina to receive EU candidate status in early 2017, the HDZ said in a press release.

Covic briefed Karamarko about the political situation in his country and about its plan to submit the application for EU membership in Brussels on February 15.

The two officials said that by submitting its application, Bosnia and Herzegovina "will confirm its determination on the European path and take the first major step towards the European family."

Karamarko said the new Croatian government would support Bosnia and Herzegovina's aspirations to become part of the large EU family.

The meeting also focused on the political and economic situation in the two countries, the position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and cooperation between the HDZ parties in the two countries, the statement said.

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