Sarovic: BiH will come in contact with the EU
The Council of Ministers of BiH is working to increase in great measure the number of border crossings with the Republic of Croatia through which goods and foods of plant and animal origin could pass.
The previous meeting on this topic of a delegation of BiH with representatives of the EU and Croatia was held in the middle of last month in Brussels. At the meeting, they discussed the Port of Ploce and the Neum corridor, and BiH has committed to provide the participants the statistical data of trade in goods with Croatia with the aim of justifying the sought new border crossings, Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Minister of BiH Mirko Sarovic told
Oslobodjenje. Negotiations, he said, will continue into the coming months, and the Minister expects that they will meet BiH's requests, including the request for more border crossings for food of plant origin.
Exceeding EU standards
According to Sarovic, the greatest number of border crossings with Croatia have, in the past few years, with EU funds in excess of EURO 35 million, been infrastructurally equipped and developed. Besides Gradiska and Metkovic, the crossings at Izacic, Gorica, Samac, and Orasje have been built to EU standards.
"Agreement with Croatia is not in question, but rather our obligation to increase the quality and security standards of our products that we have until now exported to Croatia, which on 1 July 2013 becomes part of the EU. This isn't about non-tariff barriers, but rather the strict
rules of the EU market, which we will also have to adopt through our legislation if we want to maintain the Croatian market, or in the other EU countries", Sarovic said.
"Our goods should conquer the domestic market, but also the CEFTA market. Get in the large shopping centers and see how many domestic products are in them. Ask manufacturers why they aren't more represented. And this is an important issue, not to say a problem,
that we will address in the coming months", Sarovic said.
The Council of Ministers, aware of the importance of the moment of Croatia's accession to the EU, adopted an action plan that contains a series of measures that should be taken on the level of the state and the entities, but also on the level of exporters and the economic
sector in general, in order to that we can preempt the possible negative consequences.
The Action Plan, partly because of the non-formation of the Council of Ministers at the time, has not followed the anticipated schedule, but the Presidency of BiH with its conclusion recently requested that the document be updated.