BiH finally has a new government

BiH finally has a new government

Sarajevo, April 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

After BiH Parliament House of Representatives confirmed the new Council of Ministers, late on Tuesday afternoon, Federation BiH Parliament confirmed the new F BiH Government and with this final act the establishment of new governmental institutions in the state has been completed.

Establishment of F BiH Government was late because of the demand of Democratic Front for the two sessions, state and entity parliaments, begin at same time. Shortly after state Parliament session begun, one of two Federation vice presidents, and DF member, Milan Dunovic signed the agreement of the new composition of F BiH government and the Federation Parliament session was held. Previously, Dunovic had signed the agreement but disagreed later because the new composition of Government had more Serbs than it is provided by the Constitution.

International community representatives welcomed the confirmation of Council of Ministers and F BiH Government, but emphasise that this process should take place much faster in the future. Regretting that more than five months were lost in discussions over the distribution of posts, the International community High Representative, Valentin Inzko, stressed that now was not a time for complacency but for hard work.

“Citizens expect their governments to make up for lost time and to start addressing the serious challenges the country and its citizens are faced with, especially in respect to job creation, the rule of law, tackling corruption and advancing the country towards Euro-Atlantic integration”,  Inzko said.

He also stressed that now the distribution of work has been agreed among coalition partners, and it is high time for the real job of serving citizens to begin. If political parties are genuine in honouring their promises to citizens, Inzko stressed, there has to be a tectonic break in the way that politics has been conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina up until now.

“The citizens’ need for a better life in all spheres must finally be put before the interests of political parties and individual politicians, Inzko emphasised.

Congratulations on new institutions also came from EU officials Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations. In a joint statement they said that confirmation of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina will pave the way for the authorities at all levels to begin addressing the problems faced by the citizens of BiH, particularly the high level of unemployment.

“The new governments at state and entity level will play a key role, in accordance with their competences, in formulating and implementing the reform agenda on the basis of the Written Commitment that was endorsed by the Parliament of BiH in February. The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina must now work together to take the concrete steps needed to bring the country closer to the EU. They can count on the full support of the EU in this endeavour”, is stated in the joint statement.