Monday, September 24, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 24,2007) - The Transparency International Bosnia (TI BiH) Board of Directors Chairman Boris Divjak described the Bosnian authorities’ treatment of corruption as “unacceptable” and warned that if the “implementation of anticorruption measures does not start immediately, the consequences could be far-reaching and inconceivable”.

“The Bosnian authorities are still an integral part of the problem of corruption by not doing anything on addressing this problems, which raises suspicion among Bosnian citizens that the Bosnian authorities are also involved in illegal activities”, Divjak said in his address at the second workshop on social integrity organised by TI BiH with the support of the Bosnian Open Society Fund in the northern Bosnian city of Banja Luka.

The “Advancing Social Integrity” project implemented by TI BiH is aimed at offering recommendations for improving the fight against organised crime in cooperation with expert, Bosnian state institutions and civil society organisations.

Achieving a broad consensus on anticorruption measures needs to contribute to the quality of solutions and real progress in the fight against corruption.

Transparency International research has shown that the risks of corruption in the aforementioned areas are extremely high, while corruption represents the greatest threat to the Bosnian society.

Numerous cases of illegal privatisations, drastic violations of laws on public purchases and intransparent management of public finances have cost Bosnia almost 1 billion Bosnian Marks (720 million US Dollars) a year, and even more worrying than this is that such behaviour can be expected to continue in the future,Divjak said.

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