ALDA – Europski ”obiteljski portret” se proširuje

The European family portrait gets wider – ALDA welcomes the application for EU membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European  Association for Local Democracy – ALDA  welcomes the application for EU membership submitted by Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15th February 2016.
Although Brussels  made  it clear Bosnia and Herzegovina must  carry  out  a series of reforms before the application can be considered, the event represents a milestone for the country, as well as for the process of EU integration.

“After the acces sion  of  Croatia,  my  country,  in  2013, and  the progresses of  Montenegro, Serbia,  and  Albania  towards  integration, I congratulate  Bosnia
and  Herzegovina and  all  the stakeholders who have made this crucial step possible” said Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA.
“We are all aware that this is the beginning of a long journey of reforms and improvements.
However,  I  would  like  to  quote  the  words  of  the  High  Representatives  for  Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, who highlighted that this is a great day for the country citizens, who can see that common objectives can be achieved when all levels of governance cooperate” continued Otočan.
ALDA has been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina since its establishment to rebuild trust in the wartorn country. Together  with  the  three  Local  Democracy  Agencies  based  in  Mostar, Zavidovici, and Prijedor, it has accompanied the transition of the country towards democracy, while promoting interethnic dialogue, civic participation, good governance, and development.

Oriano Otočan
President of ALDA


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