EU integration, economy become focus of meeting between Finnish, BiH officials

Visiting Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto expressed support of his country here on Monday to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) path to the European Union (EU) membership.

After the meeting with BiH’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak, Haavisto told reporters that Finland would like to see the EU enlargement process continue, and cooperation with BiH to be enhanced.

“The EU strongly supports regional co-operation throughout the Western Balkans,” Haavisto said, adding that cooperation with BiH can be deeper and more active in the future.

“We are ready to enhance cooperation with BiH in field of environment, education, the rule of law,” Haavisto said.

For his part, Crnadak pointed out that economic relations between the two countries are “quite underdeveloped…”

“We need to bring the two business communities closer and work on regulation that will to give a formal framework to go faster. We talked about improving tourism, wood industry, forestry, renewable energy,” Crnadak said.