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EU signs Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreign ministers of the EU-27 and representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina today signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which formally launches Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the EU. Dr Dimitrij Rupel, GAERC President and Slovenian Foreign Minister, signed the agreement on behalf of the EU Presidency; Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on behalf of the European Commission; and Prime Minister Nikola Špirić on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The BiH Presidency Chairman, Dr Haris Silajdžić, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Sven Alkalaj, and the High Representative for the CFSP, Mr Javier Solana, were also present at this event.

Minister Rupel said that the signing of the agreement was an important event guaranteeing Bosnia and Herzegovina, after it has met the conditions, a European future and consolidating its statehood. He added that the signing was also a guarantee for the country’s stability. Minister Rupel commended the representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina on fulfilling the conditions for signing the agreement, which was a very difficult task.

On this occasion, Minister Rupel also emphasised that the signing of the agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of Slovenia’s EU Presidency priorities within the European perspective for the entire Western Balkans.


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Date: 20.06.2008