Thursday, February 28, 2008


BRUSSELS, Belgium (February 28,2008)– The Bosnian Foreign Affairs Minister Sven Alkalaj had a meeting in Brussels with a member of the European Parliament and President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for the southeastern Europe Doris Pack.

Alkalaj informed her on the political situation in Bosnia and development of the events in the light of police reform. Bills of the police reform passed in the first reading in both the Bosnian state parliamentary houses.

Pack emphasized that she has been monitoring the processes in Bosnia with great attention. She added expectations that Bosnia will successfully continue the European integration processes.

She informed Alkalaj about her recent visit to Bihac which occurred as a part of the activities aimed to promote the educational reform in Bosnia.

They exchanged opinions on the political situation in the region and emphasized the need of preserving the stability which is a precondition for further progress of the southeastern European countries to the EU.

Alkalaj also met in Brussels with Michael Leigh, European Commission’s General Directorate for Expansion Director General.

Alkalaj emphasized the need of continuation of negotiations on visa regime facilitation for the Bosnian citizens.

Leigh expressed pleasure over a positive development regarding the Bosnian police reform and added that the European Commission is willing to provide help and support in the sector.

He emphasized the importance of stability of Bosnia and of the entire region, for that will enable progress of the EU association processes of all the southeastern European countries.

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