Extracts from the joint press briefing by Nikola Špirić, President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Olli Rehn

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-058925   Duration: 10:29:50  Lieu:
End production: 17/09/2008   First transmission: 17/09/2008
Following his meeting with Nikola Špirić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, told journalists that the reforms in the country should move now to the top of the political agenda. All leaders need to understand that current lack of consensus on key European reforms and constitutional evolution is not helping the country's progress on its road towards the EU; the Commissioner added referring to the current political instability in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nikola Špirić said he hoped to receive a positive progress report from the European Commission in October. A positive progress report would certainly motivate and create additional potential in his country to be very committed to accelerate Bosnia's path towards the EU which he thinks is the most important thing for everyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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10:26:11 Title 00:00:05
10:26:17 General view of the joint press briefing. 00:00:06
10:26:23 Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, saying (in ENGLISH) that Prime Minister Špiric and him share the same vision for Bosnia and Herzegovina; that is a successful and stable State within the European Union; that is their vision. This is a powerful vision and one that requires strong political will and plenty of work from both of them and from the leaders and people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 00:00:30
10:26:53 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:26:59 Olli Rehn saying (in ENGLISH) that following the signature of the SAA in June in Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina now has to demonstrate its capacity to deliver on its commitments. The EU-relative reforms should move now to the top of the political agenda and all leaders need to understand that current lack of consensus on key reforms and constitutional evolution is not helping the country's progress on its road towards the EU. 00:00:43
10:27:42 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:27:47 Nikola Špirić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying (in BOSNIAN) that his priority but also the priority of his Council of Ministers, is to do everything that the European Commission has set before them in order to make sure that the progress report is very positive. A positive progress report would certainly motivate and create additional potential in his country to be very committed to accelerate Bosnia's path towards the EU which he thinks is the most important thing for everyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They received 30 tasks from the European Commission. It was his pleasure to inform the Commissioner that almost 2/3 of those have already been completed and he also informed him about the very challenging political debate about the issues that are not yet complemented, such as the constitutional reforms or the law on state property. He also informed him that through political debate they are looking for the best possible solutions that will be acceptable to all and will not deviate from European standards. 00:01:08
10:28:55 Olli Rehn saying (in ENGLISH) that it is a very challenging environment, of course partly related to recent history and to certain deficiencies in the state structure. They need an effective interface, they need an affective partner, and they need an affective state structure to carry out the obligations of EU membership. They are both professional optimists: with Prime Minister Špiric, he is sure that these challenges are made to be met and that these cretin political obstacles are made to be overcome. He is sure that they will overcome. 00:00:43
10:29:38 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:29:50 Departure 00:00:14
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