Banja Luka, December 19, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
International community in BiH urges for faster actions on establishing new governments in BiH Federation, as the legitimate deadline for this has already expired.
Charge d’affaires of the EU Delegation to BiH, Renzo Daviddi, said on Friday that his office reaffirm the crucial importance of government formation at all levels as a matter of the utmost urgency.
“In this context, the EU recalls that the selection of delegates to the FBiH House of Peoples should take place as soon as a Cantonal Assembly convenes after the elections and no later than one month after the certification of the election results. The legal deadlines for the selection of delegates to the FBiH House of Peoples have expired and any further delays in this process would have a negative effect on the election of the FBiH President and Vice Presidents and on the formation of the FBiH Government, as well as on the establishment of the BiH House of Peoples”, said Daviddi in a written statement to media in BiH.
Therefore, said Daviddi, the EU Delegation and Office of EU Special Representative in BiH calls upon the Assemblies of the Sarajevo and Una Sana Cantons to address the issue of nomination of delegates to the FBiH House of Peoples urgently and deliver the candidates lists to the BiH Central Election Commission.
He added that these two organizations encourage other Cantonal Assemblies that have not fully completed the process of selecting delegates for the FBiH House of Peoples to do so swiftly.
“Governments at the different levels of BiH have pressing tasks in order to address citizens’ needs and concerns, so any further delay must be avoided”, warns Daviddi.
International community High Representative in BiH, Valentin Inzko, also reacted on the delay of establishing institutions in several cantons in BiH. He. however, chose a more direct approach, addressing members of cantonal assemblies in Bosnian-Podrinje, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Una –Sana and Zenica-Doboj cantons, in order to ensure that their assemblies elect the delegates to the House of Peoples of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH.
“The High Representative reminded the five Cantonal assemblies of their obligation, under the FBiH Constitution and BiH Election Law and warned them that with the passage of the deadline they have breached their obligation to elect delegates from their Cantonal Assemblies”, was announced from OHR.
Inzko appealed to the cantonal assemblies to fulfill their responsibility and elect their delegates to the House of Peoples of FBiH Parliament with no further delay.
“It goes without saying that until the House of Peoples of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH and the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH are constituted, these levels will not be able to adopt the reforms needed to address the country’s serious social and economic problems”, the High Representative warned in his letter to cantonal assemblies.
The process of formation of institutions in RS is finished with the election of a new Government, on Thursday, but this issue is more complicated in Federation BiH, since this BiH entity consists of ten cantons. Every one of them has a Prime Minster, Government, Assembly and several other institutions. Election Law is complicated and government institutions on Federation level cannot be established before all cantons establish their institutions.
BiH, in fact, has 14 PMs and governments, more than 200 ministers, their deputies and assistants, and a huge number of officials employed in institutions. A huge part of public spending in the country goes for their salaries, making it a problem for every aspect of the daily life of citizens who, through taxes, must pay their expenses.