Bosnia’s current mechanisms for the prevention of the conflict of interest at the state level have not functioned adequately since 2013, the European Union mission to the country said and urged the authorities to pass a new law.
Swift adoption of the new law on the conflict of interest, currently stuck in a Bosnian parliament committee, is an opportunity to send a clear message to both Bosnians and the international community that the elected representatives are committed to building a society with equal chances for all, the EU Delegation in Sarajevo said.
“Effective prevention of conflict of interest in the public sector is essential to strengthen the prevention of corruption and to restore the public’s trust in its governing institutions. The fight against corruption is at the forefront of the EU’s efforts to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s road to stability, prosperity and full integration into the EU, but this requires active participation of government institutions. The EU continues to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina to build anti-corruption capacities with more than EUR 8 million in the past 5 years supporting institutions and civil society in this fight. Corruption remains prevalent in many areas and continues to be a serious problem with no quantifiable results. On its path to the EU, BiH needs to show determination to counter and eradicate corrupt practices,” the mission said.
Fighting corruption is key for a positive European Commission’s Opinion on Bosnia’s path to EU accession, the mission said.