An exchange of views was held during the session of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament with the newly appointed European Union Special Representative and Head of the EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina Lars Gunnar Wigemark. The meeting was chaired by Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee Andrej Plenković, and along with many others members that participated, Vice-President of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, Dubravka Šuica, was also present.
˝Since I am from Croatia, I am particularly interested in plans for an EU special representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and how you will help that the commitment of political leaders be implemented, and here above all I refer to the Declaration by High Representative Mogherini and the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. My personal opinion is that along with the problems of economic and social nature, there are deeper problems related to the current unsustainable internal arrangement of Bosnia and Herzegovina. That's why I'm interested in what concrete steps you mean to take in order to ensure equality of all three constituent peoples, and at all levels, and whether you will support constitutional reforms˝, Šuica asked the EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Answering questions from MEPs, Wigemark said that a possible radicalization in Bosnia and Herzegovina could be caused by economic and social problems and that a way needs to be found to get young people who have Croatian documents to remain in the country and not to have to look for happiness outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that he believes that the Croats are well represented in political positions.
˝We are left to believe that the Croats will fight for equal footing with the other two constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Croatian delegation in the European Parliament will be at all times be there to support them to achieve this goal, as well as on the Euro-Atlantic path of Bosnia and Herzegovina,˝ concluded the head of the Croatian EPP delegation Dubravka Šuica.