Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, Vice President of the ALDE Party, last weekend visited Bosnia and Herzegovina where he met with ALDE member parties and participated in the ‘Liberal vision for Europe’ seminar.
Organised by the European Liberal Forum with the support of LYMEC, the event gathered 15 young visionaries from Europe and its neighbourhood to discuss the future of Europe, the ways to reform it and the European integration – both improving it for the Member states of the Union and achieving it for the candidate countries.
“The result from the European election gives us reason to believe that the European citizens want the pro-European forces to work together for the achieving a true reform and finding working solutions to their growing concerns,” Mr Kyuchyuk said.
“We cannot close our eyes to the unpleasant truth: that millions of people like Europe and what it gives to them, but do not like it in its current shape and form. They want a reform of the way the institutions work – that can be done through working on transnational lists, insisting on the convening of a pan-European citizens platform as also promised by the Commissions President-elect – Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen, and introducing the majority voting system in Council for a wider range of areas. That being said, we should also focus on improving our work on supporting to the European aspirations of the Wester Balkan countries, as they deserve to have a European future.”
During his visit to Sarajevo, Mr Kyuchyuk met with Predrag Kojović, President of Nasa Stranka and Hasib Salkic, president of LDS, both members of ALDE Party.
In his meeting with Nasa Stranka, he once again affirmed strong ties between the Bosnian and European liberals as well as the unquestioned support of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament to Bosnia and Herzegovina process of accession to the European Union.
One of the main topics of the meeting was the upcoming amendments to the electoral law in BiH and the support of European liberals to the proposals of Nasa Stranka. Both Mr Kojović and Mr Kyuchyuk stressed that the continuation of BiH's ethnicisation through the new electoral should not be allowed.