Zovko participated in the Conference “European Constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina’’
Neum, 15 March 2019
Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko participated on 14 and 15 March in the Conference with international participation titled “European Constitution for Bosnia and Herzegovina”, organised in Neum by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts of BiH, Rectorate of the Republic of Croatia and the University of Mostar, under the auspices of the Croatian National Congress of BiH.
The Conference was opened by the introductory speeches delivered by the Croatian prime-minister Andrej Plenković and the Chairman of the Croatian National Congress of BiH Dragan Čović. The work of the Conference was divided in three panels – general, political and constitutional-legal.
MEP Zovko moderated the panel “Available and Efficient Methods of Harmonising the Individual and Collective Rights, Modes of Harmonising the Individual and Collective Rights in the EU”. Zovko referred to the European Parliament Resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina, on which she was intensively working in last two years and pointed out that not only the most recent one, but also the earlier EP Resolutions on BiH repeatedly stressed the importance of the implementation of key institutional reforms, which are of uttermost importance for a successful European perspective of BiH. Furthermore, Zovko pointed out that the European Parliament recognised the importance of the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling from the year 2016 on the changes to the Election Law as a key institutional reform for the progress of BiH towards European integration. Other topics of the Conference were: analysis of the European tradition of federalism and European experience with overcoming the conflict between liberalism and communitarism, possibilities of creating social-political systems which efficiently protect individual and collective rights, comparison between the political system in BiH with the political systems of the EU member-states, constitutional law, constitutionalism, type and division of sovereignty, internal self-determination, consensus, international contract law etc.
The Conference gathered participants from public and cultural life, academia and various scientific areas, who gave their contribution to definition and adoption of solutions required for achieving the equality of Croats in BiH, which is in the interest of the European perspective and democratic development.