This is the first official visit of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s collective three-member heads of state abroad since they were elected last October. Milorad Dodik, Željko Komšić and Šefik Dzaferović are due to meet with Federica Mogherini, EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policyand Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations, and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council. The three members hope to receive the assurances that BiH will get the EU membership candidate status this year. The formal conditions for this, however, have not yet been fulfilled. The chairman of the presidency Dodik said earlier today that “the path towards the EU is the matter of consensus among all political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Aljazeera reports. He added that it is necessary to secure the candidacy as soon as possible.
Corruption perception index 2018: negative trends
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), recently published by NGO Transparency International shows a concerning negative trend for Croatia. The country achieved a score of 48 points, which is considerably worse than the average for Western Europe and the European Union (66 points). Corruption in Croatia and its public administration is considered widespread and deep-rooted, according to the report. The report notes there is currently no serious will to appropriately address the issue and make improvements. In order to reverse the negative trend, Croatia must improve transparency of public administration and restore citizens’ confidence in its work. Slovenia did better on the index than Croatia (60 points), but also scored slightly worse than the previous year. According to the report, general negative trends on corruption contribute to the global crisis of democracy. “Given the vulnerability of various democratic institutions around the world – often threatened by authoritarian or populist leaders – we need to do more to strengthen the mechanisms of control and protect the rights of citizens”, said Patricia Moreira, the managing director of the international secretariat of Transparency International.