Ljubljana – Foreign Minister Anže Logar assured his Bosnian counterpart Bisera Turković on Tuesday of Slovenia’s support for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s EU accession process, including when it comes to reforms the country needs to adopt to join the bloc. Turković said her country was ready for EU candidate status.
Logar told Turković during her working visit that “empty statements saying the EU has no serious desire for enlargement should not and cannot be a reason to stall reforms”.
Progress on reforms is the strongest argument for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s accession, he said at a press conference after the meeting, highlighting Slovenia’s support for such efforts.
Granting EU candidate status to Bosnia-Herzegovina as soon as possible would also contribute to the adoption of reforms, said Turković, noting that the country “is ready for candidate status”.
Having acknowledged that a lot of work still awaited Bosnia-Herzegovina, she announced efforts to step up the fight against corruption and crime.
The ministers lauded the informal EU-Western Balkans summit, which was held in Brdo pri Kranju last week under the Slovenian EU presidency.
They also discussed migration in the region with Turković assuring Logar that the migration situation in her country was under control.
Logar called for a cooperation agreement between the latter country and Frontex as soon as possible, including in the light of violent pushbacks from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina.