Italy supports “Bosnia-Herzegovina’s process of closer integration with Atlantic and European Union structures”. These were the words of Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, at the end of his meeting at the Farnesina with the Bosnian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Zlatko Lagumdzija.
Terzi pointed out that “the process now under way should lead to Sarajevo becoming a member of the European Union”. The starting point is the ratification of the stability and association agreement by all members, followed by Bosnia’s candidate status to attain real partnership. For Italy, “The future of the western Balkans lies in Europe”.
Bosnia will try, “by the end of the year, to submit a credible bid to the EU”, explained Lagumdzija. He thanked Italy for its help in achieving the birth of “a more cohesive society, from the institutional, economic and social standpoints, and for fostering a more rapid route to NATO for Bosnia, which I hope will enter [the Alliance] in the near future”.
Turning to bilateral relations, the Deputy Premier underscored the strong partnership in the energy, infrastructure and communications sectors. He also noted the high presence of Italian banks in Bosnia.