During his stay in Sarajevo, he said that the potential time for the country’s entry into the EU is 2025. He added that this could happen only if all conditions exist, but did not name them.
But at present, the national political situation in the Federation does not contribute to the accession into the European Union. In recent months, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been marked by high level of popular discontent, manifestations of which were regular protests of particular social groups. Veterans demand from the government the introduction of a new law regulating the system of payment of benefits, since the present system allows for numerous violations and the details of getting financial payments to other types of citizens in the event of forging documents. The authorities have been trying to resolve tension since July last year by promising to begin working on a new law on veterans, but no work was done. It must be noted that on February 28 they held the largest protest action, which was aimed on blocking the primary roads on the territory of the nation.
Active participants in the protest activities are industry employees who demanding payment of detained wages and pension payments. It is necessary to note the constant development of arrears against the backdrop of the tragedy as well as the unfavorable financial situation. The most frequent method of demonstration is blockading highways and streets, in addition to pickets in front of government buildings.
Participants in the protest activities are also pensioners, who demanding pensions grow and abolition of retirement contributions for privileged groups of citizens, particularly, military personnel. Since a few thousand people took part in the protests, the authorities of the country under stress accepted the changes. This step aroused dissatisfaction on the part of agents of the police unions, because allowances for former policemen decreased by 25-30%. This gave rise for the demonstration of several hundred police officers in Sarajevo.
In recent months, in several parts of the country, medical staff have conducted several short protest strikes. In connection with this, many of the patients’ receptions to experts were abolished, and the number of individuals in hospitals was restricted, except for emergencies.
However, collisions with the authorities, trying to lift the blockade in the roads, were already recorded. It should be noted that the demands of veterans have a broad media and public support, because this problem directly affects the majority of the populace of this country. For this reason, it can be noted that the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina is systematic.
The depth of the crisis is so serious that Bosnia and Herzegovina by 2025 can not obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership. And Junker understands it. So why does he give in advance unrealizable promises? First: with such flirting, he tries to direct the foreign policy vector of the development of the country towards the EU. By doing this, he tries to wrest this country from the world of interests of the USA, Russia and China.
The second: sparking the Bosnian political elites to consolidate efforts to prevent the country from slipping into civil war. After all, in the event of a military conflict, it will affect many countries in the region, including those which are already part of the EU. Brussels will not survive the new influx of refugees from the Balkans.
It turns out that both replies indicate that Junker gives empty claims in order to protect the European Union from fresh upheaval. In any case, we can say with assurance that the question of the nation’s accession to the European Union is not seriously considered by the organization’s leadership. And all the statements of the President of the European Commission are simply promises. After all, the top EU countries are not ready in the present realities to deal with newcomers’ problems. However, there are a great deal of problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina!