BELGRADE – Croatia has pledged to help its neighbour, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to join the EU bloc as soon as possible, reports.

The Balkan state’s new Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that Croatia would support Bosnia and Herzegovina in its efforts to join the EU during an official visit on Saturday. Plenkovic, a former MEP, said in Mostar that he would support in “the most constructive way possible the stability and European path” of the country.

Croatia formerly joined the EU on 1 July 2013 and became the bloc’s 28th member, a full decade after it first applied for membership in 2003.

Bosnia and Herzegovina made its formal application for candidacy on 15 February, after years of Brussels advising Sarajevo against making a premature bid.