Deputy Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Minister of Finance and Commander of the FBiH Civil Protection Service Crisis Staff, Jelka Milićević, confirmed today that the government has been contacted by numerous international organizations and embassies, offering assistance in acquiring the necessary equipment to combat the spread of the novel (Covid-19) coronavirus.
As FENA reported, Milićević emphasized that the government was committed to carefully collecting funds and distributing equipment throughout the Federation of BiH, while the Public Health Institute of the Federation of BiH constitutes an institution that has all the necessary logistics and expertise to address the needs of health institutions and inspection bodies, prioritizing equipment procurement.
“After the list is complete, we will answer all the inquiries and all decisions will be made by the FBiH Civil Protection Service Crisis Staff and be confirmed by the Government of the Federation of BiH. In this way we want to introduce a control mechanism for the exploitation of these funds”, Milićević explained.
She emphasized that the FBiH budget includes funds that were collected under the Law on Protection and Rescue and that not a single KM from this amount was spent for unintended purposes, which guarantees that all urgent needs will be covered.
The FBiH Crisis Staff is carrying out a continuous analysis of all activities and obstacles in the implementation of individual orders that have been issued so far.
Milićević also confirmed today that the government was considering opening special accounts for the purposeful fundraising for budgetary and extra-budgetary purposes (legal and private entities) that will serve as the basis for creating emergency funds.
“We have the money for emergency activities in the Federation of BiH”, said Milićević.
Responding to a question about the possibility of imposing a 24-hour ban on outdoor movement, Milićević noted that the situation on the ground was being constantly monitored, but at the moment the orders issued were clear enough and sufficient to prevent the rapid transmission of the disease. /ibna