EEAS: Statement by the Spokesperson on the vote in the Republika Srpska National Assembly

The authority and the integrity of the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Constitutional Court as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest judicial authority is unquestionable. Its decisions, which are final and binding in the whole country, must be respected.

The Republika Srpska National Assembly has no authority to decide not to apply the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yesterday’s vote to render Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s decisions inapplicable in Republika Srpska is therefore without legal basis. The vote marks a clear departure from the expectations that accompanied the granting of EU candidate status. Suspending cooperation on achieving EU key priorities is regrettable and completely contrary to the wishes and interests of all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The EU has consistently demonstrated that it is a loyal partner to Bosnia and Herzegovina with an unequivocal commitment to the country and its EU accession perspective as a single, united and sovereign country.