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Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina should soon conclude an agreement on European partnership and, based on that document, come up with a solution to outstanding issues in their relations, it was concluded on Monday in Sarajevo at a meeting of a Croatian parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker Zeljko Reiner with members of the Bosnian presidency.

A press release after the meeting notes that the two sides agreed that after the expected agreement on European partnership is signed, a joint meeting between the Croatian government and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina could be held.

That meeting, as was said, should be an opportunity to find a solution to outstanding issues. Reiner spoke separately with Bosnian Council of Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdic about preparations for that meeting. Zvizdic said that he expected an agreement soon on that matter with Croatia's Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

The agreement on European partnership, which was announced earlier this year by Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac during his fist official visit to Bosnia, is currently in the process of ratification. The document should facilitate Croatia's assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina with expertise and technical support for the country's European integration.

Reiner and Bosnian Presidency members Bakir Izetbegovic and Dragan Covic underscored the significance of implementing infrastructure and energy projects such as the Adriatic-Ionian motorway, the Adriatic-Ionian gas pipeline and the bridges over the Sava River at Svilaj and Stara Gradiska.

The priority in bilateral relations continues to be in intensifying economic cooperation and the further development of cooperation in the fields of tourism and agriculture.

Talks also focused on finding an appropriate solution regarding the disposal of radioactive waste at Trgovska Gora in Dvor municipality pursuant to provisions of international conventions as well as problems regarding the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, which is polluting the environment.

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