Acimovic: EU is not unfair to BiH, Ukraine passes laws even during war
”Of course, we didn’t deserve candidate status. You can see that it is very specific that our authorities are trying to obtain something, by not fulfilling any conditions. Without meeting at least the basic requirements, which they could have done, I don’t see the point of vying for candidate status,” said Drasko Acimovic, former ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to Belgium, in an interview.
Commenting on yesterday’s summit of European Union (EU) leaders, during which Ukraine and Moldova are expected to be granted the status of candidate countries, Acimovic said that the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina apply this model not only to the EU but also to the international community in general, citing the example of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
”Simply, all the credit institutions in the world are shocked when they ask for loans, but there are no conditions from the IMF,” he said.
On the actual proximity of the Western Balkans to the EU, Acimovic said:
”If we leave BiH, fulfilling the three basic conditions that could be fulfilled at any session, at any time during these two years, these three laws, on public procurement, on conflict of interest and on the CSMP, BiH would get candidate status, they would get it one hundred percent, even if they didn’t meet the other eleven conditions. However, they also did not want to fulfill these three crucial conditions. BiH certainly has no future with this set of authorities. Unfortunately, I see candidates for Parliament, for presidential positions in the next elections and this gives me no optimism for possible changes.”
As for the other Western Balkan countries, he felt that Montenegro and Serbia were doing very well, especially Montenegro, which had opened all its pre-accession negotiations and was now working to conclude them.
”I think it will be the fastest for them. Unfortunately, we find that North Macedonia is, in a way, hostage to the geopolitical game. Albania, being in the same package as North Macedonia, is in the same situation,” Acimovic said.
The EU is not unfair to BiH, he said, citing the example of Ukraine.
”As of 2017, Ukraine met around 70% of the conditions. Last week, as a country at war, they pushed through their parliament a mass of legislation that was expected of them – against corruption, for the advancement of the law – basically, those things that our leaders did not want not adopt for four years. It is a symbolic but justified gesture which shows that even a country at war can fulfill the conditions,” assessed, among others, Drasko Acimovic.