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MPs pave the way for more intense cross-border cooperation

June 19th 2015, Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Branislav Borenovic, Chairperson of the Committee for European integration and Regional cooperation, opening the bilateral meeting with montenegrin counterparts on behalf of the delegation of the National Assembly of Republic of Srpska. 


“There is a need for initiating a meeting between representatives of the local self-governments located at the administrative borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Republic of Srpska and Montenegro, aimed at providing a more efficient cross-border cooperation and utilisation of IPA funds. In addition to the representatives of the local self-governments, MPs from the parliaments in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of governments and EU delegations from the two countries should attend the meeting.”

This was the main conclusion of the bilateral meeting between MPs from the National Assembly of Republic of Srpska and the Parliament of Montenegro that took place on 19 June 2015 in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The discussion during the meeting focused on the process of harmonisation of the national legislation with the European acquis, exploring the possibilities for a joint approach of the Republic of Srpska/Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro towards the EU funds, especially in the field of cross-border cooperation or in the context of promoting economic cooperation and attracting foreign investments.

Additionally, they discussed the need for improving the road infrastructure, as well as cooperation in the field of energy. Bearing in mind what has been said, it was pointed out that it was necessary to define joint interests in these fields, in order to use the existing transport and energy resources on the territories of Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska/Bosnia and Herzegovina in the best manner possible.

Mr. Aleksandar Damjanovic, Chairperson of the Committee on Economy, Finance and Budget in the Parliament of Montenegro noted that: “This kind of meetings are aimed at promotion of the cooperation between the parliaments of Republic of Srpska and Montenegro, and in that sense straightening of the economic relations, as well as cooperation and sharing of best practices in the process of European integration.”

The participants in the meeting agreed on the conclusions and recommendations for the future cooperation between the two parliaments. On the margins of the bilateral meeting the two delegations met with the Mayor of Trebinje, Mr. Slavko Vucurevic, where they had the opportunity to discuss for the cross-border cooperation from local a self-government point of view.

The meeting was organized as part of the work of the Network of Parliamentary committees on Economy, Finance and European integration of Wester Balkans (NPC), and with the support of WFD through the Western Balkans program.