“Bosnia and Herzegovina still does not have an electoral law that guarantees the equality of its three constituent peoples and other ethnic groups, and that is not good for the country’s stability. We need to make yet another attempt to carry out the electoral reform because that it the way towards EU membership candidate status,” Grlić Radman told reporters before a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
The main topics of the meeting will be the Western Balkans and the Russian military aggression against Ukraine and the EU’s response to it.
Grlić Radman said that the EU should send the Western Balkan countries a strong message regarding their accession to the Union, first of all by opening talks with Albania and North Macedonia and by making progress with regard to the liberalisation of the visa regime for Kosovo.
He said he would inform his EU counterparts of his visit to Ukraine last week together with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
“We have to increase pressure on Russia to stop the aggression. Croatia supports the sixth round of sanctions against Russia and can contribute to energy security given its geostrategic position and its infrastructure,” Grlić Radman said.
Two weeks ago, the European Commission proposed a sixth package of sanctions against Russia over its military invasion of Ukraine, including a ban on Russian oil imports. There is still no agreement among the member states, and the main obstacle is Hungary, which seeks an exemption from the oil embargo.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has said that the EU is hostage to one member state, without explicitly mentioning Hungary. “We must agree, we cannot be hostages,” he said.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has expressed doubt that ministers will be able to reach an agreement on the oil embargo given that some countries have very firm views.
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