Strengthening the capacities of BiH institutions to prevent and combat corruption

On 29 November 2012 the first of a series of capacity building seminar on developing, implementing, coordinating and evaluating anti-corruption policies was held in Sarajevo within the framework of the EU funded project “Strengthening the Capacities of BiH Institutions to Prevent and Combat Corruption”. Mr Sead Lisak, Director of the Agency and Mr Roman Prah, Project Team Leader addressed the participant at the beginning of the seminar. Mr Prah stressed that “corruption is an organizational problem, and it requires organizational response. Such a response should be given at all levels, in all structures of power.”

The seminar was the first in a series of policy meetings with the State, Entity and District Brcko institutions to assist them to improve the structure and the way their organizations function. Participants will have a chance to voice out their political commitment to fighting corruption and to take visible steps towards more integrity within their institutions as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

21 high level public officials from Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption (hereinafter Agency), Public Prosecution Office, Ministry of Security, Directorate for European Integration, Labor and Employment Agency, Service for Common Affairs of the Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, SIPA, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of BiH, BiH Court, Public Procurement Agency, Agency for identification documents BiH, Agency for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education, Civil Service Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Audit Office of the Institutions of BiH, Council of Competition of BiH, Procurement Review Body participated at the seminar.

The participants exchange experiences and improve knowledge in developing the internal system and procedures required in order to put in place an effective system for policy development, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The project is funded by the EU from the Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA 2009) in the amount of 460.000 EUR. The project is a part of broader efforts of the European Union aimed at strengthening governance in BiH and is a logical continuation of the EU support for drafting the first Anti-corruption Strategy and establishing the BiH Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption. Its aim is to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in strengthening the capacities of BiH institutions to enforce accountability and to effectively fight and prevent corruption.

The main beneficiaries of the project are the BiH Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption and entity level bodies and District Brcko Bosnia and Herzegovina, designated under the Law for Establishing the Agency for Prevention of Corruption. The project commenced in February 2012 and will be completed in August 2013.