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Protocol for more intensive cooperation

October 6th 2014, Belgrade, Serbia

Mr. Branislav Borenovic, Mr. Aleksandar Senic and Mr. Boris Jerinic giving statements for the media after the signing of the protocol. 

 

On Monday, October 06th 2014,  the chairpersons of the Committees on European integration from the National Assembly of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Senic,  and the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, Mr. Branislav Borenovic,  signed a protocol on cooperation between the two committees. The protocol covers exchange of experiences on the EU path, sets the basis for preparation of joint application for IPA funds as well as promotes enhanced parliamentary oversight in the process of European integration

Mr. Aleksandar Senic said that the protocol promotes close cooperation between the two committees in terms of European integration, strengthening the parliament's oversight role and joint application for European IPA funds.

“We hope that the cooperation will contribute to faster EU integration for both Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and to better exchange of experiences in the process,” Senic said.

In a statement for the media, Mr. Borenovic stressed that the protocol makes room for lasting cooperation between the two committees.

“We believe that a part of the funds for international and other projects can be redirected to Serbian and RS citizens through joint projects,” he said.

“We think this is a good opportunity to use exchange of experiences and joint projects applied for IPA funds to make most of the circumstance very important for us - the fact that Serbia is a European integration leader in the region,” he said.

The protocol states that the cooperation between the two parliament committees would be carried out through exchange of experiences in the process of adjusting the legislations to the EU aquis and strengthening regional cooperation.

The signing of the Protocol was supported by the Network of Parliamentary Committees on Economy, Finance and European Integration of Western Balkans. WFD is supporting the Network through a three-year programme, from 2012 to 2015, aimed at strengthening the role of the parliaments in the Western Balkans in promoting competitiveness and economic growth as well as strengthening their oversight role.

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