Bosnia under pressure to change if it wants EU membership

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Bosnia is falling behind on commitments to human rights and the rule of law, making its chances of joining the European Union increasingly remote, according to EU officials. In a debate on Thursday, members of the European Parliament agreed that the former Yugoslav republic had not gone far enough in fighting corruption, implementing European rights law or carrying out constitutional reforms. “Bosnia and Herzegovina is unfortunately still lagging behind other countries in the region,” Reuters quoted Doris Pack, a German from the centre-right EPP group who is one of the most prominent legislators on enlargement issues, as saying. Bosnia is still struggling with a complex and unwieldy sub-division into a Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat Federation under a weak central government, and with the corrosive impact of corruption. Specifically, Bosnia is being asked to change its constitution to better protect minorities, to implement a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on equal rights of citizens to stand for election, and to reform its public administration.

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