Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development signed

Published: 27.04.2016. 16:24 Updated: 02.05.2016. 14:26

The Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection Slaven Dobrović and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Šarović have today in Zagreb signed an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.

„By this Agreement we ensure a better quality joint action aimed at environmental protection and the resolution of open issues. We are primarily referring to the issues such as air pollution in Slavonski Brod and construction of the hydroelectric power plant Dabar that could have a negative impact on the Neretva River valley and we expect concrete progress in this regard. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the process of approximation and accession to the European Union and will have to adopt and implement EU standards in the field of environmental protection wherein we can assist them with our experiences“ – said the Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection Slaven Dobrović.

„This act speaks of the desire of our two nations to cooperate closely on issues that are of particular interest to the citizens of both countries. Cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in the field of environment has been in place for many years and each day becomes more significant. This is particularly important for both countries since Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted an application to join the EU and immediately received full support from Croatia, which also announced wholehearted support in meeting the demanding European Union accession process. The very act of signing will gain in value if we immediately start with its implementation through determined efforts for responsible, wise and sustainable management of resources and environment“ – said the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Šarović and added that the signing of the Agreement should particularly be viewed in the light of the recently signed Paris Agreement as well as the meeting of UN’s Sustainable development goals.

Through the conclusion of this Agreement an international legal framework is created for further development and strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection.

The Agreement encompasses cooperation in the process of approximation and accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union, exchange of experiences in the implementation of international conventions and agreements in the field of environmental protection, protection of climate, air, water and soil, waste management and wastewater treatment, management and treating of chemicals, nature conservation and protection, and education in the field of environmental protection.

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