Zovko welcomes the EU’s decision to grant candidate status to BiH
Strasbourg, 15 December 2022
Bosnia and Herzegovina has officially received candidate status for EU membership. The EU heads of states and governments granted the candidate status during their EU Council Summit in Brussels after the Commission’s recommendation of last October.
Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko, who is also Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the EPP Group in the EP and the Delegation on relations with Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina applauds the historic decision. Bosnia and Herzegovina became a potential candidate for EU membership in 2003 and applied for candidacy in 2016.
Zovko mentions that the candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina is a strong message of support for the Western Balkans as a whole and a clear commitment to integrate the region in the EU. For the country it is a sign that the EU believes in the success of the reform process BiH needs to adopt before final accession. She states that it is now up to the political leaders to use the momentum and find the courage to agree to the necessary compromises.
The MEP underlined that the candidate status is an achievement thanks to the work in the EU Council of Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic and the Croatian diplomatic efforts that have paved the way to the decision taken today. She also stressed that the EPP at large is the most vocal and active supporter of the European future of Bosnia and Herzegovina.