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The Committees on European integration of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia met in Banja Luka

July 9th  2015, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Joint picture of the two delegations after the meeting, in the plenary hall of the National Assembly of Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka.

 

On July 9th  2015 representatives of the European Integration and Regional Cooperation Committee with the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska met with their counterparts from the European Integration Committee in the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka.

The participants in the meeting concluded that the countries in the region should work together closely in order to improve economic cooperation (by developing road and energy infrastructure) and cooperation in the European integration process. They also proposed organizing a joint meeting between the Committees in charge of European integration from all three parliaments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Integration Committee in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Another conclusion was that the organization of a meeting of representatives of the local self-governments from border municipalities in the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska with the topic “How can local self-governments best use the European Union IPA 2 funds” is also necessary. Besides the representatives of the local self-governments and the two parliamentary committees, the organizers would also invite representatives of the executive and the EU delegations in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The MPs also used the opportunity to meet with Mr. Dusan Beric, Chairperson of the Committee for Economy in the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska, and with Mr. Zlatan Klokic, Minister of Economy in the Government of the Republic of Srpska. 

This is the second meeting between these two Committees, following up on the meeting that took place on October 6th  2014 in the National Assembly of Republic of Serbia in Belgrade. At this first meeting the Chairpersons signed the “Protocol for cooperation” between the two committees.

The meeting was organized as part of the activities of NPC, and supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy through the Western Balkans program.

 

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