European Western Balkans

BiH adopts Anti-Corruption Strategy

Sarajevo; Photo: Wikimedia Commons

SARAJEVO – After five years of delay, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted the Anti-Corruption Strategy 2024-2028 and the Action Plan for its implementation, N1 reported. These documents align with the 14 key priorities that BiH needs to meet for EU membership.

According to Council of Ministers’ announcement, EU accession is a strategic priority for BiH, and the fight against corruption is one of the key challenges in the area of the rule of law. Council of Ministers notes that the general goal of the Strategy is to establish priorities in the prevention and fight against corruption, principles and mechanisms for the joint actions of all institutions in BiH, as well as all parts of society in this field.

“The principle of efficiency is crucial in the development and implementation of the Strategy because it ensures that resources, time, and efforts are directed towards the most effective measures that will yield the best results in combating corruption. The application of the principle of efficiency will ensure that limited resources are used in the best possible way”, the Strategy states.

The Strategy identifies weaknesses in the inefficient system of public institutions in preventing corruption, as well as lack of adequate normative and institutional framework, which creates legal uncertainty and undermines public trust. Strengthening the mechanisms for detecting and proving corrupt criminal acts and prosecuting perpetrators, as well as enhancing the capacities of judicial, police, and other bodies, are listed as strategic goals of the Strategy.

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