Spanish FM: Bosnia, Balkans high on EU’s priority list

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos stated in Sarajevo that the Western Balkans and Bosnia-Herzegovina were high on EU’s priority list.

After talking to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj, the Spanish FM, whose country is presiding over the EU, repeated that the EU-Western Balkans summit, planned for June in Sarajevo, would be held.

He stressed that the meeting would have a historic significance and that it would be an opportunity for Bosnia-Herzegovina to show its determination and commitment to its European future.

Alkalaj said that Bosnia had great expectations from the summit and reiterated his country’s strong determination to continue implementation of reforms on the European path.

The two ministers also spoke about the process of EU visa regime liberalization for Bosnian citizens.

Alkalaj pointed out that Sarajevo had fulfilled all conditions, that a decision to put Bosnia-Herzegovina on white Schengen list under an expedited procedure would be very important for the country, and that it would “significantly contribute to creation of a positive atmosphere”.

Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia had EU visa requirements imposed on them lifted at the end of last year.

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