Yesterday, on 8 February 2024, the President of the Constitutional Court, Valerija Galić, received for an official visit the State Minister for Europe and Climate at the German Federal Foreign Office, Dr Anna Luehrmann, and His Excellency, the German Deputy Ambassador, Bernhard Abels, with their associates. The delegation of the Constitutional Court included Secretary General Nataša Vuković and Registrar Sevima Sali-Terzić.
The topics of discussions were constitutional reforms and the position of the Constitutional Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On that occasion, President Galić reminded the present that the Constitutional Court is currently without three national Judges who retired during the previous year and in the beginning of this year. The President emphasized the difficulties the Constitutional Court is facing, since the competent legislators in the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska, for quite some time, failed to fulfil their constitutional obligations and appoint new judges of the Constitutional Court. However, as she pointed out, the Constitutional Court continuously undertakes all measures enabling the Court to work as efficiently as possible, given the current situation of the Court. The State Minister, Dr Luehrmann, underlined that the Federal Republic of Germany strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the work of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As she pointed out, the Constitutional Court makes every effort to maintain the rule of law and to act with the view of the well-being of all citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is important for the process of accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union. At the end, President Galić and State Minister Dr Luehrmann jointly called on the competent legislative bodies in Bosnia and Herzegovina to appoint new judges to the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina as soon as possible and thus enable its efficient and continuous work.