Sunday, September 16, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 16,2007) – The Bosnian Prime Minister Nikola Spiric informed in Sarajevo the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Head of the Dutch Constituency Age Baker and the MMF Head of the SE Europe Sector Dimitri Demekas on the interior political situation in the sector of Bosnia's cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

Spiric emphasized that the consequences of non-adoption of the April package of reforms can now be seen. He added that the existing Bosnian constitutional structure is able to absorb the three EU principles of the police reform.

The MMF officials were interested in the possibilities of the bank supervision unification. Spiric said that one acceptable solution would be that the Bosnian Central Bank gets a stronger role in the sense of coordination with the entity banking agencies.

Spiric informed the guests that the economic trends analysis for the first 6 months of 2007 showed that there is a growing trend of Bosnian economy.

The MMF officials announced participation of the Bosnian Prime Minister at the annual meeting of the World Bank and the MMF. The meeting is to take place in October 2007 in Washington,USA.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 16,2007) – The FBiH Entity House of Representatives held a special session in Sarajevo to discuss the FBiH entity government’s proposal of the budget rebalance.

The FBiH Entity Prime Minister Nedzad Brankovic and the FBiH Entity Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda explained the proposed budget rebalance.

It proposes a budget increase of 140 million Bosnian Marks and according to Branokvic this represents the first step towards the full compatibility of the budget positions with the entity government’s program.

If approved by the FBiH Entity Parliament the Budget will total 1.575.716.529 Bosnian Marks.Most revenues in the current budget come from indirect taxes, budget liquidity has been impeccable so far and it should remain so, Minister Bevanda said.

The budget rebalance proposes a 30 million Bosnian Marks increase for the current reserves.

Welfare, veterans’ protection and the development of the FBIH entity were given top priority in preparing changes to the budget, Brankovic said.

The FBiH Entity Prime Minister Brankovic stressed that the FBiH Entity Parliament is for the first time in a position to consider a budget increase in the amount of 140 million Bosnian Marks.

The FBiH Entity government will probably propose a further budget rebalance in 2008 and it will try to forward to the FBiH Entity Parliament the proposal of the budget for 2008 by the end of October, Brankovic announced.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 16,2007) – Members of the GROZD non-governmental organisation have launched in all major Bosnian cities a public information campaign on the irregular and illegal spending of public funds, which according to audit reports is present at practically all levels of authority.

The campaign includes the distribution of 50.000 leaflets with information on the irregular spending of money.

Audit reports show that funds are spent without proper documentation to cover for its spending and that money is also used for holidays and buying gifts, which according to GROZD representative Sevko Bajic is disgraceful.

“The allocation of funds is not transparent, purchases are conducted without the announcement of public tenders,” Bajic said.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 16,2007) - The Presidency of the Union of Associations of Refugees, Displaced Persons and Returnees in Bosnia has adopted the Decision to support the campaign of sustainable return in Bosnia by supporting the consistent application of the Strategy for the Implementation of Annex VII of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

The Union has sent a request to the Bosnian Parliamentary Assembly Speaker and all its members urging them to take care of the needs of the refugees, displaced persons and returnees when they vote on the budget of the Bosnian government for 2008.

The Union stressed that representatives of international organisations and leading donors in the return process (EU, SIDA, SDC, USAID, Dutch Embassy) expect the Bosnian state institutions to finally realize the importance of the return process and to start providing significant amounts for this process in the coming year.

The million or so Bosnian Marks, which was the annual amount provided from the Budget of the Bosnian Council of Ministers in the previous years, represented a symbolical amount and was in no way able to cover for the real needs of this process, the Union stated.

The Union stated that the return process was not accompanied by the coordinated work of all participants and that this has resulted in poverty, homeless people and desperation.

The Union reminded that 23 political parties signed and pledged to implement the Platform for Refugees, Displaced Persons and Returnees in Bosnia before the elections in 2006.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 16,2007) – The Bosnian government discussed in Sarajevo the Bill on Medicines and Medical Funds. The Bill will be possibly adopted in the course of the following session, the reason being the necessity of additional consultations. Also, the Bosnian Ministry of Civil Affairs is to consider the suggestions proposed during the discussion.

Platform for Negotiations and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Institutional Frame for Initiative for Readiness and Prevention of Disasters in the Southestaern Europe was also in the procedure.The Bosnian Ministry of Safety will send the Platform for Negotiations to the Bosnian Presidency for further procedure. Samir Agic, Advisor to the the Bosnian Minister of Safety will sign the Memorandum.

the Bosnian Minister of Safety Tarik Sadovic stated at a press conference after the session that the memorandum will advance the cooperation in the region and will create conditions for realization of concrete projects such are the training and equipment of civil protection structures.

The Bosnian Council of Ministers determined Platform for Negotiations for the purpose of signing the Agreement of Military Grants between Bosnia and Turkey. The Bosnian Ministry of Defence will send the Platform for Negotiations to the Bosnian Presidency for further procedure. Igor Crnadak, Deputy Minister of Defence will sign the Agreement.

Sadovic said that the agreement will enable the implementation of Turkish government’s donation of 850.000 Bosnian Marks. The donation is aimed to equip BiH Armed Forces and the Turkish company ASELSAN provided the implementation program.

The Bosnian Council of Ministers approved the Bosnian Agency for Safety of Food initiation of procedure for fulltime membership to the Codex Alimentarius Commission.Bosnia is currently an observer in the Association.

The Council also passed a decision on using the 250.000 Bosnian Marks of budget reserves for purchase of the ear tags to mark the cattle.

Sadovic, answering the journalist’s question if the Council of Ministers discussed the Proposal of Agreement on Cooperation between the Bosnian Council of Ministers and the Bosnian Interreligious Council, Sadovic said that that was one of the proposals to the agreement offered by the Council of Ministers Chairman Spiric.