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BiH Council of Ministers: Sanctioning of corruption and regulations harmonisation

SARAJEVO – The Council of Ministers of BiH at yesterday’s session adopted, upon a proposal of the Ministry of Justice, Information on implementation of priorities 2015 Report of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the belonging Action Plan – Part A, on an introduction of stricter sanctions, having a better diverting effect in  targeting  prevention and fight against corruption, announced CoM.

The Council of Ministers finds the existing sanctions provisions, prescribed in the Criminal Codes in Bosnia and Herzegovina for criminal acts of corruption adequate in terms of effectiveness of punishing, while punishment policy proved mild and inadequate.

Information on implementation of activities as per priorities from the 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Report, will be provided by the Ministry of Justice to the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Entity governments and to Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to Entity Ministries of Justice and Legislative Committee of the Brčko District of BiH.

The Council of Ministers of BiH urges to the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council to make the Information available to managers of all legislative institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the sake of realisation of a Strategic Programme 3.11. “Improvement of Sanction Policy for criminal acts of corruption aiming proactive deterrence from acts of corruption” under the 2015 – 2019 Action Plan of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.

The Council of Ministers also urges the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina and managers of legislative institutions to use services of both the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina  and Public Institution Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska and start realising a strategic activity 3.1.1.2. “To use an analysis should serve as a basis for definition of proposals for more effective deterrence from acts of corruption” under the 2015-2019 Anti-Corruption Strategy Action Plan

The Ministry of Justice is responsible to provide the Information ot the Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of Anti-Corruption Activities concerning the realisation of an activity 3.11.1 “To make an analysis of the Criminal Codes concerning the seriousness of sanctions for acts of corruption and of practice of prescribing thereof in the sense of an effective deterrence from acts of corruption” under the 2015 – 2019 Anti-Corruption Strategy Action Plan.

Based on data provided in the information, the Ministry of Justice will prepare a Report for the next session of the Council of Ministers.

The 2015 European Commission Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina indicates that Bosnia and Herzegovina has made a certain level of preparedness for anti-corruption activities and that a progress has been achieved. However, the legal and institutional frameworks are still weak and inadequate, while a missing law implementation has a negative impact to both citizens and institutions.

The Council of Ministers considered and adopted Information on an additional public administration project within the IPA 2016 state programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along with a project proposal – the Support to Public Sector Governance Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a constituent part of the IPA 2016 State Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Directorate for European Integrations will provide to the European Commission the new project proposal – the Support to Public Sector Governance Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a part of the whole revised annual package of IPA 2016 State Programme  for Bosnia and Herzegovina, accompanied by received letters of support.

Regulations harmonisation with EU directive

The Council of Ministers of BIH yesterday also adopted Information on solution-finding in the area of protection of nutrition products, with marks of origin, geographic origin and of renowned food in BIH, in order to achieve the functionality of the system.

The protection of nutrition products, with marks of origin, geographic origin and renowned standing of food in BIH is the subject of the European Commission recommendation for BIH institutions to harmonise their regulations with the EU Directive 1151/2012.

BiH may easily compete because of its diversified offer of domestic nutrition products and traditional specialities, but due to administrative unclearness, it has been unable thus far to start protecting its nutrition products, primarily in BiH itself, and also at the EU level, as prescribed and enabled under the European Union legislation.

The BiH Agency for Food Safety will up-date its resolutions as to the level of levy for registration of origin marks and geographic origin marks of food and authorising legal persons for marking origins and geographic origin of nutrition products, and will provide the up-dated resolution to the council of Ministers as early as possible.

The BiH Agency for Food Safety will draft and provide as urgent as possible to the Council of Ministers of BIH for consideration amendments and supplements of the Regulation on marks of origin and marks of geographic origin of food and Regulation on marks of traditional renowned food.

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