The Alliance for EU Integration (A4EU) today presented the EU Ambassador to BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark with the civil society’s report titled “Alternative Responses to 716 Questions from the EC Questionnaire for BiH”. The responses were prepared by civil society organisations from the entire country, with the support of the EU’s Technical Assistance of the Civil Society Organisations in BiH (TACSO).
Ambassador Wigemark welcomed the report, stressing it shows that civil society in BiH is taking the integration process seriously
Two more meetings of the Alliance’s working groups have been scheduled for September 2017. The first one will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Sarajevo, in the hotel “Bosnia”. It is the first meeting of Working Group 5 formed within the Alliance for EU Integration, dealing with the issues of “Social Policy and Employment”. The aim of the meeting is to get to know other members of the Working Group who provided answers to the questions from Chapter 19, and a review of the answers provided to the mentioned chapter from the European Commission Questionnaire – “Social Policy and Employment”, which the Foundation for Social Inclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a coordinator of Working Group 5 has collected during the months of August and September.
In Sarajevo on September 13, a regional meeting of the Alliance was held, attended by representatives of the working group eight, who chose to provide alternative responses to the European Commission Questionnaire on issues that deal with institutional responsibilities. The issues are related to Public Procurement (Chapter 5), Judiciary and Fundamental Rights (Chapter 23) and Justice, Freedom, and Security (Chapter 24). At a meeting held at the Astra Hotel, representatives of civil society organizations had the opportunity to get to know each other and to go through the summarized responses to the questionnaire related to the three areas covered by the working group 8.
Following the meetings in Bihać and Travnik, the Alliance for EU Integration was presented in five more cities across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Regional meetings took place in Bijeljina on 3 May, Foča 4 May, Sarajevo 10 May, Mostar 12 May and Banja Luka 15 May.
Regional meetings of the Alliance in April (Bihać, Travnik)
Centres for Civic Initiatives (CCI) and the Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development (ACED) in April launched a campaign to engage non-governmental actors in the Bosnia and Herzegovina EU integration process. With this initiative, CCI and ACED aspire to bring together civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, academia, media, activities, bloggers, etc. in taking an active part in the Alliance for EU Integration.