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Parliamentary questions
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19 April 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-002107/2021/rev.1
to the Council
Rule 138
Klemen Grošelj (Renew), Irena Joveva (Renew)
 Subject: Redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans and the European perspective for Bosnia-Herzegovina

The European public and the people of the Western Balkans have been perturbed by the recent publication of a so-called ‘non-paper’ which apparently included the idea of a peaceful break-up of Bosnia-Herzegovina and other border changes, recalling the crazed nationalist ideologies of the 1990s. According to media reports, the document in question, drafted with the participation of certain Member States, was forwarded by the Slovenian Government to the EU Council. Given that any redrawing of borders could lead to further bloodshed in the region and would mean the total collapse of an approach to the region’s problems which is based on convergence with the EU, we would like to ask:

1. Did the EU Council receive such a document? It may be a diplomatic tool but we urge you nonetheless, given the consequences of the existence of the document, which poses a threat to peace and stability in the region as well as to the security of the EU itself, to unequivocally reject or confirm it and thus put a stop to the dangerous processes that have already begun in the region.

2. What is the EU Council’s position as regards the contents of the published documents, in particular the ideas about changing borders in the region, including the idea of creating a so-called third entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina?

3. How will the EU Council promote a European path for the region, and in particular for Bosnia-Herzegovina, so that it is based on the principles of citizens’ democratic rights and the rule of law?

Original language of question: SL
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