On 3 May 2007, the EU Member States approved the text of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conclusion of this Agreement could bring Bosnia and Herzegovina a step closer to the EU.
At the opening of negotiations it was agreed that the conclusion of an Agreement would depend on the progress made in building up the country’s public administration, in implementing police reform and in implementing public broadcasting legislation, as well as on full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Presidency, however, is concerned that the necessary reforms have not yet been effected.
The EU Presidency therefore calls upon all parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to work together constructively to overcome the remaining obstacles as soon as possible. To this end, the political leadership in Bosnia and Herzegovina must assume its responsibility in a clear, immediate and determined way, and overcome the current lack of progress.