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General Affairs and External Relations Council: the Signing of the SAA with Bosnia and Herzegovina on 16 June; Satisfaction with the Elections in Serbia

The European Union will sign the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina at the June meeting of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council, which will be held on 16 June in Luxembourg. Such an agreement was adopted at yesterday’s GAERC meeting. The Foreign Ministers of the Member States also called upon Bosnia and Herzegovina to endeavour to start implementing the Agreement at the earliest possible opportunity. The GAERC also expressed satisfaction with the start of dialogue today regarding visa liberalisation with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

GAERC President, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, welcomed today’s decision and outlined that the provision of the European perspective to all Western Balkan countries has been a priority of the Slovenian EU Presidency and that Slovenia has succeeded in achieving the goals that were set. “By signing the Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina, all the Western Balkan countries will be equipped with agreements, which will ensure their European perspective. It depends on them when they succeed in fully realising such,” stated the Slovenian Foreign Minister.

The Council also discussed the situation in Serbia at today’s session and noted with pleasure that the parliamentary elections were carried out smoothly and in an organised, peaceful, and democratic manner. The EU Foreign Ministers welcomed the strong support for the pro-European forces and expressed their hope that a pro-European government will be formed and that it will constructively integrate into the stabilisation and association process. The GAERC Council also confirmed that Serbia may continue on the path towards the EU, including acquiring candidate country status when all the necessary conditions have been fulfilled.


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Date: 30.05.2008