Bosnia needs to show resolve by taking concrete steps to build a sustainable track record in countering and eradicating corrupt practices, a conference in Sarajevo was told. The conference heard from high-level speakers from EU and Bosnia, anti-corruption experts from the country and representatives from the civil society.
Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and EU Special Representative, said in his opening remarks that Bosnia recently made some progress in addressing a few of the outstanding GRECO recommendations, but that still a lot of works needs to be done: “Next to more ambitious efforts to build a legislative and institutional framework capable to address also high-level corruption, Bosnia needs to step up transparency, ensure an open discussion with the public and better engage citizens to become ‘watchdogs’ of the public interest”.
Monitoring mandate of corruption prevention bodies needs to be further strengthened
The EU Project “Capacity Development for Prevention of Corruption and Creation of Strategic Documents in the Field of Fight against Corruption in BiH” is financed by the European Union in the amount of EUR 200,000 under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The Project was designed to support the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption, APIK, together with the anti-corruption bodies and teams on entity and cantonal level.
Director of APIK Hasim Šabotić thanked the EU for the steady support and all the work done to fight corruption in Bosnia.
Project team leader Londa Esadze provided an overview of the findings and results of the Project. In her conclusions she highlighted that “the monitoring mandate of all corruption prevention bodies in Bosnia needs to be further strengthened and sufficient financial and staff resources must be made available for the successful implementation of anti-corruption strategies and action plans on all levels of governance”.