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Minister Fajon in Sarajevo to pledge further support and assistance to BiH on its EU path

During her working visit to Sarajevo, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon expressed contentment with the European Council's decision to initiate accession negotiations between Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the EU. She reaffirmed Slovenia's steadfast support for BiH's reform efforts.

Minister Fajon's visit to Sarajevo occurred shortly after the European Council granted Bosnia and Herzegovina approval to commence accession negotiations for full EU membership, a decision actively supported by Slovenia from the outset.

Discussions with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elmedin Konaković, primarily focused on the country's European future and the requisite reforms necessary prior to advancing further along the EU path. Minister Fajon commended BiH for the progress made in recent months, underscoring the country as a commendable illustration of the transformative impact of the EU enlargement process, which sends an encouraging message throughout the entire region.

"Bosnia and Herzegovina faces a challenging and protracted negotiation process, during which it must fulfil its obligations. It can rely on Slovenia's unwavering support," stated Minister Fajon. She hoped that the start of accession negotiations, a pivotal step in EU integration, will encourage further reform efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, securing a brighter future for all its citizens, especially its youth. During the press conference, the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina presented Minister Fajon with a special plaque as a token of appreciation for her personal and Slovenia's contributions to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress towards EU membership.

Minister Fajon and her host affirmed the longstanding and amicable relations between their respective countries, noting the absence of significant unresolved issues. They concurred on the importance of robust economic ties as a cornerstone of their cooperation, underscoring Slovenia's position as one of the top five investors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "Slovenian companies are interested in operating and investing in the BiH market. We earnestly wish for and anticipate a secure and stable business environment within the country," emphasized Minister Fajon. On succession issues, the two ministers called for accelerated implementation of the Agreement on Succession Issues.

The two ministers agreed that cooperation between their diplomatic services, particularly in multilateral affairs, is highly effective. On migration issues, where Bosnia and Herzegovina is an important partner, Minister Fajon expressed her expectation that the country will sign a Frontex status agreement as soon as possible, which will enhance the management of migration pressures in the region and bolster border control effectiveness.

Minister Fajon also discussed BiH's path towards the European Union with Ms Željka Cvijanović, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of her visit, the Minister also met with women in leading positions in BiH companies and with young people who took part in an international youth competition on entrepreneurial ideas. She will also visit the grave of Ivo Štandeker, a Slovenian journalist who was killed in 1992, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.