High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt said the country has a historic opportunity on its way to the European Union.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe Peace Implementation Council convened in the capital, SarajevocadSchmitt made his remarks after the session, and said that they believed that the “barrier” period in BiH had ended.
Noting that the progress made in efforts to form a government after the general elections held on October 2 in the country was encouraging, Schmidt said, “Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Union He got a historic opportunity coming his way. Granting the status of a candidate country for EU membership would be a welcome first step on this path,” he said.
Schmidt said he hopes to form a government in Bosnia and Herzegovina as soon as possible, adding that the most important part will start after that.
On the other hand, the members of the Council stated that the political actors should not lose the current positive dynamism in the country and indicated that Bosnia and Herzegovina can only move forward on its path to the European Union through reforms.
Recall that after the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a government with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and opposition parties may be formed in the capital, Sarajevo.
Schmidt took the lead with an election law he “imposed,” dubbed the “Jobs Package,” after polls closed on the evening of the country’s October 2 general election.
The law, said to be in favor of the Croats, was also submitted to the Constitutional Court by the Croatian member of the Presidency Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Željko Komšić.
Office of the High Representative and High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In addition to the complex political structure created by the Dayton Peace Treaty, the Office of the High Representative (OHR) created in the country, again with Dayton, has the power to make laws in case of need.
The Human Rights Office oversees the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of the international community. The High Representative also coordinates the activities of international institutions operating in the country.
The High Representative, who submits annual reports to the United Nations on developments and problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has broad powers known as the “Bonn powers”. The High Representative is able to expel persons who interfere with the implementation of peace in the country, including members of the Presidency Council, and to issue laws in case of necessity.
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