An award ceremony for journalists participating in a competition for stories on topics related to Compact for Growth & Jobs was held today in the RS Museum of Contemporary Arts in Banja Luka.
The competition was launched last December during the visit of HR/VP Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Office of the EUSR.
Overall, 41 media pieces were submitted for the competition featuring stories on employment taxes, labour regulation, business climate and social welfare system. The winning journalists are:
1. Prize: Milovan Matic, Press RS;
2. Prize: Nikola Salapura, Nezavisne Novine; and
3. Prize: Drazen Barisic and Igor Calic, Radio Balkan.
The award ceremony was opened by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Vibeke Lilloe and Chargé d’affaires of the EU Delegation to BiH, Dr Renzo Daviddi.
Ambassador Lilloe said:
“We have received works of journalists from all parts of BiH, from all major media outlets but also from smaller newsrooms – TV, radio, web portals and newspapers. Regardless of the genre all journalists expressed great understanding of issues that are relevant for Compact agenda.”
Emphasizing the pivotal role of media in the EU integration process, Dr Daviddi said:
“I know that working in the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not an easy job! Just like journalists and editors all over the world, you face day-to-day stresses and tight deadlines. In addition to that, as I have learnt, some journalists experience attempts, coming from various sides, to influence their work. I have nothing but respect for those who manage to resist it and put the reader first.”
Award ceremonies will also be held in Mostar and Sarajevo in the upcoming weeks.