The Chairman of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending Veroljub Arsic met at the National Assembly House with the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska Milan Petkovic.
At the beginning of the meeting, Arsic stressed that the relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska are at an extremely high level, that the cooperation between the leaderships is sincere, open and gives results to the satisfaction of both sides. On the occasion, he mentioned the construction of the Bijeljina-Raca highway, where works were officially opened during the celebration of the Flag Day, jointly celebrated by the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska.
"That highway will help the economic development of both sides and bring our people living in two countries still closer together", Arsic said.
Deputy Speaker Petkovic said it was always a special pleasure for him to visit Serbia and the National Assembly.
"This is the motherland for all of us, as well as the light at the end of the tunnel and we always know that we have a safe harbour here, especially in the last years with President Aleksandar Vucic at the helm, who provides selfless support to the Serbian people and the entire Republic of Srpska,” stressed Petkovic.
He pointed out that the cooperation between the two parliaments is at an extremely high level and, in light of exchanging parliamentary experiences, wanted to know more about the procedure for adopting the republic's budget, which Arsic explained in detail. On the occasion, Arsic proposed having a joint session of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending and the complementary parliamentary working body in the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska.
The officials also agreed that it would be advisable to establish cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in the context of regional cooperation, mentioned the importance of the "Open Balkans" project and the opportunities it provides to all of its members.
Arsic once again stressed that the Republic of Serbia is committed to dialogue as the tool to resolve disputed issues between the countries in the region and it supports the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the sovereignty of the Republic of Srpska in accordance with the Dayton Accords.