Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday sent a message of congratulations to the leadership and people of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the occasion of the submission of Sarajevo's request for the status of EU candidate and said that Croatia would continue advocating Bosnia and Herzegovina's integration into the EU.
"Being your sincere friend and advocate inside the European Union, Croatia is a committed proponent of the process of the European integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina and will be at your disposal along this demanding journey and will continue transferring its acquired experience to you," reads the president's congratulatory note.
Earlier on Monday, the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Covic, submitted his country's application for EU membership to the representative of the EU chair in Brussels, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.
The processes of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South-East Europe are crucial for the permanent stabilisation and progress of our continent and for the final consolidation of Europe, the Croatian president writes in her message.
Upon receiving the membership application from Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that Brussels would analyse the application and that it was good news both for Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the EU.
Mogherini said that "this is something on which the Bosnian authorities together with us have worked very hard and I believe this is a moment that is going to be important for all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also for the European Union. In the moment where the European Union is questioned from within, it is still very attractive from the outside. This is a sense of energy and a positive sign that we welcome very much."