The construction of the Pelješac bridge must be a matter of a full agreement between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and this issue should be considered as soon as possible at the highest interstate level, the BiH Ministry of Transport and Communications warned on Sunday.
In a statement to the media in BiH on various interpretations of the adoption of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region in the European Parliament 28. October, from this ministry stated that they welcomed this document, but stressed at the same time that it does not mean the final support for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge.
They mentioned that this strategy highlights the importance of projects such as the Adriatic-Ionian highway linking EU member states with countries that are not developing the energy network.
"Contrary to the newspaper's allegations that the strategy explicitly supports the construction of the Pelješac bridge, it does not mention this project in one place," said the press release.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications of BiH stated that the construction of this bridge should precede a bilateral agreement with Croatia, which would ensure free access to international waters for BiH in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Croatian side, as claimed, has not yet provided the names of the members of the joint committee who should consider this issue.
It also points out that BiH has not participated in the study of the impacts of the bridge construction on the environment, as it must have been the case because it is a major construction project near Bosnia and Herzegovina's territory.
Therefore, the BiH Ministry of Transport and Communications will propose that all outstanding issues be considered more quickly with Croatia at the highest level, according to a statement.