Principal Deputy High Representative and Brčko District Supervisor Michael Scanlan met yesterday in Brčko with Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Siniša Milić and Anto Domić, with the District Assembly Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, Esed Kadrić and Ivo Filipović respectively, as well as with the President of the “STUDEN & CO Holding” Board Ilija Studen, the Acting Director of the District Public Property Management Office Jelena Duvnjak, the Deputy Director of the Brčko Port Alija Osmanbašić, and the Director of the “Vermont” Youth Centre Damir Radenković.
“The Supervisor welcomes Brčko joining the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to access the UNDP co-founding to retrofit Brčko’s 187 public buildings to be energy efficient. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the community, while also resulting in lower utility charges that will free-up public funds to address other needs of the District. If the authorities submit the relevant assessment by July and use the budget rebalance wisely, the retrofitting of two public buildings can begin this September”, the OHR announced.
Last week, the long-awaited project to modernise the facilities and the crane at the Brčko Port, as well as to optimise the road and railway access to the port, was launched. The project, funded by the EBRD and the EU, will bring concrete benefits to the local community and to the entire country, the Supervisor added. Renovation work in the port should be visible in September.
“If the government moves quickly, this September the residents of Brčko will also see work begin on the business zone in Brod. This is an output of the public-private Brčko – “Studen & Co Holding” initiative to make the District a more appealing environment in which to invest and grow the private sector by ensuring transparent permitting processes, a service-oriented public administration, and quality infrastructure”.
“However, none of these reforms in and of themselves ensure the prosperity of Brčko District. Prosperity requires rapid progress across the board on initiatives that promote good governance, infrastructure development, and the growth of the private sector.
This September, we will see if this is to be the case, including with the draft legislation that OSCE Ambassador Kavalec and I referenced in our respective press releases earlier this month. I will visit the District every two weeks to assess the progress on these initiatives,” added the Supervisor.
Looking forward, the Supervisor noted that the governing institutions gain their trust from the people based on the confidence the people have in the elections, and in the laws that guide their officials in their governance of the community. Brčko District is no different”. /ibna