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August 20, 2007

Final Phases of Anti-Corruption Draft Law Underway in Bosnia


The final round of “Support for the Implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan of Bosnia & Herzegovina” a project founded by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and implemented by Rule of Law Initiative Bosnia staff, proved to be a major success.

Following meetings and a study tour in Slovenia, members of the working group finished the draft law at their second session in Jahorina, from July 3–5, 2007. All members of the group dedicated a significant amout of time preparing a strategy appropriate to this sensitive and complicated issue in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and thus the draft law they have come up with is both comprehensive and precise.

One of the major problems that Rule of Law Initiative staff and members of the working group faced during their work on this law was defining their own jurisdiction. Keeping in mind that various govermental institutions only deal with the issue of corruption superficially, the main challenge was to avoid overlapping with those institutions while establishing a functional and respectful agency for preventing corruption.

After this session the Rule of Law Initiative's Bosnia & Herzegovina office plans to organize a conference and a round table on the draft law in September.