In light of the upcoming vote of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the constitutional amendments proposed by the BiH Council of Ministers and endorsed by the BiH Presidency, the European Union welcomes the recent adoption of this important reform package by the Constitutional and Legal Committee of the BiH House of Representatives.

The EU reconfirms its support for the constitutional reform process in BiH which is a key element in the establishment of a modern, functional, self-sustainable and citizen-oriented multi-ethnic European state.

The swift and timely adoption of this reform package by the BiH Parliament continues to demonstrate the country’s readiness to assume local ownership and to adopt and implement the reforms that the BiH citizens need.

The Acceding Country Bulgaria, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

Ref: 8607/06 (Presse 112)