Lajcak: Bosnia and Herzegovina Advancing Slowly towards EU

Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (stock photo by TASR)

Sarajevo, November 21 (TASR-correspondent) – No other issue has such large support in Bosnia and Herzegovina as European integration, even though the country is making only slow progress in this direction, stated Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak in Sarajevo on Monday.

“I know this country, and I feel the need to become acquainted with current events here,” said Lajcak, who served as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina/EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2007-09.

While Bosnia is approaching European integration, albeit slowly, Lajcak said that he’s heard about a particularly bad public atmosphere in the country.

“I’ve heard that there hasn’t been such a bad atmosphere since the end of the war. People are even beginning to fear what’s ahead,” said Lajcak, who’s included meetings with almost all political leaders during his two-day visit to Sarajevo and Banja Luka aimed at providing a big picture of the situation.

Lajcak said that he wants to urge the country’s politicians to focus more on the European agenda than on quarrelling. “This is what people expect of them,” he added.