Thursday, December 6, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (December 6,2007) – The European Union Police Mission highly welcomes Tuesday's initialing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Bosnia and the European Union,said the Head of the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia Brigadier General Vincenzo Coppola.

Coppola stated in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo that by adopting the Action Plan for Police Reform Bosnia's politicians have created a historic turning point for the future of Bosnia.

“I particularly welcome the fact that the Action Plan on Police Reform was brought in line with the EU principles as was confirmed yesterday by the decision of the Bosnian Government,” said General Coppola.

“This is an encouraging message by politicians in Bosnia towards the establishment of a modern, professional and multi-ethnic police structure.”

The EU Police Mission has worked diligently to achieve this goal and help Bosnia on its path to the European Union.he said.

“The Action Plan foresees legislative and structural harmonization within certain deadlines,” said General Coppola.

“I had a first consultative meeting with the Bosnian Minister of Security yesterday and we both agreed that an enormous task lies ahead of us. The EU Police Mission will continue to be a key stakeholder in the upcoming period and assist the local authorities in the implementation of police reform,” Coppola said.

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