European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on Monday supported Bosnia and Herzegovina's ambitions to apply for membership to the EU by the end of January, Bosnia and Herzegovina's foreign ministry has reported.
In a statement to the press following a meeting in Brussels with the head of the Bosnia and Herzegovina's mission in the European Union, Lidija Topic, Mimica said that it was vital to accelerate Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress on the European path. He announced that he would personally support Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU bid.
Ambassador Topic informed Mimica that Bosnia and Herzegovina has started to implement changes as part of the reform agenda and other strategic documents and that Bosnia and Herzegovina has received an encouragingly positive report from the European Commission.
"Ambassador Topic has underscored that Bosnia and Herzegovina wishes to express political ambition and to submit its application for the EU membership in January 2016 at the very start of the Dutch chairmanship over the European Union. Submitting the application is an impetus to continue working on developing the stability and effectiveness of the country," a statement by the Bosnian foreign ministry says.