State Secretary Štucin in Sarajevo on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European perspective and bilateral relations
They agreed that relations between the two countries are very positive and friendly, based on solidarity, and that bilateral cooperation is being strengthened and further developed. They called for the positive momentum of the visits to continue and for economic cooperation to be further enhanced.
The State Secretary encouraged his hosts to maximise their efforts in the coming weeks to adopt legislation in line with the EU agenda. With additional efforts, Bosnia and Herzegovina has a unique opportunity to start EU accession negotiations as early as March, when the European Council will take a decision on the matter. "We are confident that the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina at all levels will recognise this opportunity and accelerate the work on reforms; Bosnia and Herzegovina can continue to count on Slovenia's support," the State Secretary assured. Slovenia's goal is to make the country's EU accession process irreversible, which is crucial in the current international environment. He emphasised that we would like to send a strong message to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially to young people.
At the invitation of Minister Konaković, State Secretary Štucin also attended the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
During his visit to Sarajevo, the State Secretary met with the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt. They discussed the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed their hope that the country will soon start accession negotiations with the EU.
At the end of his visit, State Secretary Štucin will also address the reception hosted by the Slovenian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the XIV Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo in 1984.