MEPs accuse EU officials of backing Serb split EU news

MPs in von der Leyen will investigate the role of the commissioner in assisting Dodik’s separatist ideals in Bosnia.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been asked to investigate an EU official for allegedly assisting Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik in an escalation of separatism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In a letter to von der Leyen, released on Monday, members of the European Parliament (MEP) wrote that a leaked document showed that the EU’s Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Wahley had “openly colluded” [with Dodik] The possibility of splitting Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

“The report states that Commissioner Varhelyi ‘agreed’ with Mr. Dodik regarding the date of the extraordinary session of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska and will announce a moratorium on the passage of legislation on unilateral withdrawal from state institutions for a period of six months,” the letter said. .

Bosnia is currently facing biggest political and security crisis Since the end of the war in December 1995, the Dayton Peace Accords have been signed.

The agreement divides the country into two semi-autonomous entities – the Bosnian- and Croatian-led federal entity and the Serb-administered Republika Srpska entity.

“Committee representatives do not appear to be able to appease the separatist movement in this way or go beyond their mandate to violate official EU policy in relation to the Western Balkans,” the MEP’s letter reads.

“If the committee’s impartiality and neutrality are called into question, the fragile geopolitical balance is immediately threatened.”

In October, Dodik, a Serb member of the Bosnian tripartite presidency, called on the Republika Srpska to withdraw from key state institutions and create its own parastatal, in violation of the peace treaty and the constitution.

Bosnian High Representative Christian Schmidt called Dodik’s moves “tantamount to division” and warned they could spark further division and conflict.

On 10 December, the Republika Srpska Parliament passed a series of laws enabling the entity to form its own institutions and its own army by May.

Dodik’s adviser, Radovan Kovacevic, denied Wahli’s involvement in planning the Republika Srpska parliamentary session following news of the leak of the Satler documents on 21 December.

The letter, signed by 30 lawmakers, noted that “as a neutral party with considerable influence”, the committee played a key role in ensuring that both sides respect the Dayton Peace Accords.

It asked the von der Leyen committee whether Varhelyi’s actions were considered consistent with his role and the official EU policy towards Bosnia.

“What is the Commission’s position on the territorial integrity of Bosnia? How does the Commission plan to ensure that the conclusions of the Dayton Agreement signed by the EU are not violated?” the letter asked.

Katalin Cseh, MEP of Hungary’s Progressive Momentum Movement, shared the letter on Twitter on Wednesday, writing: “The EU needs to stand firmly and credibly on the side of peace. [Bosnia and Herzegovina] and beyond that. “

“As a Hungarian MEP, it is especially important for me to send a message to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are forced to relive the horrors of war – that in these difficult times, there is a Hungarian with you besides Viktor Orban Stand together,” Cech said.

Last month, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network that his country was providing ($114.4 million) 100 million euros of financial aid to Republika Srpska and would block EU sanctions over Dodik’s separatist plans any of his actions.

Serbia and Republika Srpska are “key to stability in the Western Balkans,” Orban said.