After almost 16 years of membership in the Council of Europe,
Bosnia and Herzegovina should step up efforts to implement the country’s
obligations and remaining commitments to the Organisation. While
respecting the Entities’ and the Brčko District’s autonomy, the
necessary reforms should be implemented on the basis of a shared
vision of the development of the country’s institutions. This requires
a fully fledged constitutional reform, without which the country’s
democratic institutions cannot function properly and Bosnia and
Herzegovina cannot become a genuinely civic State of all its citizens.
The Monitoring Committee is concerned about the increase in
nationalist and ethnic rhetoric, especially in the context of the
election campaign for the October 2018 general elections.
It is also concerned about the growing disrespect for the
rule of law and urges the authorities to implement, ahead of the
2018 elections, final and binding decisions of the Constitutional
Court, notably as regards election reform for the city of Mostar
and the completion of the Federation House of Peoples. To fulfil
the membership obligations and commitments, the committee expects
Bosnia and Herzegovina to take a number of concrete actions, in
accordance with the recommendations contained in the present report.
Pending their implementation, it proposes that the Assembly continues
the monitoring procedure with respect to Bosnia and Herzegovina.