Bosnian leaders asking for help from EU

World Bulletin (Turkey) Oct. 13, 2013

 

If Bosnian politicians fail to reach an agreement within a short time, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds will be reduced by 54 pct for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Leaders of the seven main political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be able to find a solution on how to implement the Sejdic-Finci ruling, Zlatko Lagumdzija, head of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Bosnia told the media in Sarajevo.

His remarks came just before he and six other political leaders from Bosnia left for Brussels on Thursday to ask for help from EU officials who have given them a deadline to deliver a proposal for the implementation of a 2009 ruling by the European Human Rights Court on the issue of the minority rights in Bosnia — the so-called Sejdic-Finci ruling.

“These seven people cannot find a solution. It is very clear,” Lagumdzija said adding that it is not an option to leave the problem unsolved.

“Having in mind we are talking about the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, they are much more qualified to say if something is in accordance with the judgment or not. And that is why, the most important thing is that the EU and the European Commission are involved in finding the solution,” Lagumdzija concluded.

The European Union (EU) announced to initiate the procedure to suspend EU funds for Bosnia and Herzegovina, after representatives of seven BiH parties have failed to presented any common proposition on implementation of Sejdic-Finci ruling.

If Bosnian politicians fail to reach an agreement within a short time, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds will be reduced by 54 pct for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would be tantamount to a loss of 47 million euros.

The EU has insisted that the solution on the implementation of the court ruling has to be found by the local political leaders.