In the framework of the project “Supporting BiH on its way to the EU” the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) today starts with implementation of its first training for selected chapters of the acquis communautaire, that is designed for Bosnian civil servants. A two-day training is held at Directorate for European Integration in Sarajevo and covers the topic of freedom of movement for workers.
Three Slovenian experts from the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and Employment service of Slovenia are sharing their knowledge and experience on the challenges that Slovenia has encountered in the context of the mentioned topic in the adoption of the acquis. Thirty civil servants from different ministries and governmental working groups of BiH are participating at the training.
Maja Rimac Bjelobrk, assistant director at the Division for Communication and Training in the Field of European Integration at the Directorate for European Integration, welcomed participants and stressed that the CEP’s training was prepared just at the right moment, as BiH has received the first opinion of the European Commission on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for membership of the EU yesterday. For the country, this is the first assessment of the situation and the first set of recommendations for further work in the pre-accession process.
Participants were addressed by Zorica Bukinac, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Sarajevo as well. She agreed that the Commission’s opinion is an important message for BiH, adding that Slovenia continues to strongly support the EU’s enlargement. BiH should understand the opinion of the Commission as a signpost for direction of the future work, and the document itself indicates that BiH is in the right direction already. She told participants that in the pre-accession process they should learn from the mistakes of others that have been through the same processes, including Slovene.
The project is part of the CEP program activities supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia in the framework of the Slovenia’s Development Cooperation.