BiH: State of Emergency introduced in Republika Srpska

BiH: State of Emergency introduced in Republika Srpska

After an agreement of Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović and Bosniak representatives in RS Parliament, the decision to declare Republika Srpska in a State of Emergency was published in the Government Gazette. The decision comes into force tomorrow morning.

BiH Presidency Member, Milorad Dodik, says that once the state of emergency is imposed in Republika Srpska, regulations and decrees will be enacted faster with legal force, which will, first and foremost, support measures taken by the authorities to deal more efficiently with the economic and other consequences caused by the coronavirus crisis.

“This implies that the state can pay contributions for employees in the private sector, to regulate certain employees’ rights in labour-legal relations and to suspend taxation. It is not that something will be written off, but rather taxes will only be suspended, rescheduled or a moratorium will be put in place. Later, depending on the crisis, we will see how and at what time the taxes will be paid”, Dodik told the press in Banja Luka.

He reiterates that taxes must be paid and the state will be there to help.

Dodik said that after the imposition of the state of emergency, the provisions of the Fine Act would change and special sections of prosecutors’ offices and courts would be created to respond more adequately to violations of the measures introduced will be advocated.

“There are also a number of measures related to agriculture – budget increases, 9,000 sowing packages, support for all agricultural producers…”, Dodik said.

Dodik noted that the state of emergency over coronavirus in Srpska could have been introduced earlier and that precious time was wasted./ibna