The contribution of Norway in Western Balkans, an exclusive interview with Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina
An exclusive interview with H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina
For highlighting the vital contribution of Royal Norwegian Diplomatic Mission, under the Leadership of H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this interview is presented.
H.E. Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe of Norway ©The Royal Norwegian Embassy in BiH
Q-Norway is one of the European countries that has a strong bilateral relation with BiH, since the mid-1990s. And Norway is among the biggest bilateral donors to BiH. Please give us an overview of the Norway’s contribution during recent years.
Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe: Norway has been active in BiH since the war, first with humanitarian aid and reconstruction. We have been among BiHs major cooperation partners. Since around 2000 focus has been on contributing to building a well-functioning democracy, based on the rule of law. When that is said, our main sectors for cooperation with BiH are the justice sector, the security sector, economic development and support to strengthening civil society – especially its watch dog capacity and advocacy ability. Important is of course inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation. Norway is a staunch defender of human rights for all – and we cooperate with women’s and minority organizations, such as in the LGBT community.
Norway fully supports BiH’s Euro-atlantic integration processes and see membership in EU and NATO as the best way ahead for BiH.