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MEP Tanja Fajon named Person of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ljubljana, 29 December 2009 – Slovenian Member of the European Parliament Tanja Fajon was named Person of the Year 2009 in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week by the readers of the newspaper ‘Nezavisne novine’ for her endeavours to abolish visa requirements for citizens of the Western Balkan countries.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulates Ms Fajon sincerely, as this title also represents a significant acknowledgement of Slovenia's endeavours in this regard. Visa liberalisation is a project which makes the principled policy in the countries of the Western Balkans more tangible, as it has a direct impact on the quality of life.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue its efforts by offering bilateral aid to Bosnia and continuing activity within the EU to assist the country in reaching its objective before summer 2010 to join Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – countries whose citizens no longer need visas to enter the Schengen area as of 19 December this year.