Development of Anti-Corruption System Conference Opened in Sarajevo

Jul 4, 2014

Conference brings together representatives from various levels to take stock of anti-corruption efforts ahead of country’s efforts towards EU accession.

Sarajevo hosted one-day Conference on the “Development of Anti-Corruption System”, organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Committee for election and monitoring over the work of Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The aim of the conference was to bring together representatives of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities at the state level, as well as representatives of the academic community, NGOs and international organizations to analyse the situation in context of activities focused on fight against corruption which leads to the efforts of the country to join EU. 

The participants discussed the program activities in BiH, and their compliance with key international standards in the field of prevention and fight against corruption.

Armin Sirčo, UNDP Senior Programme Coordinator, highlighted that UNDP Project „Strengthening Parliamentarian Capacities and Key Institutions mandated with fighting Corruption in BiH“ will „enhance the capacity of the Parliament to perform democratic oversight functions in the anti corruption field“. 

„Confronting corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina requires three key pre-conditions to be fulfilled: ability, will and knowledge. Given our institutional and legal framework, primary focus needs to be on our motivation to tackle corruption. With motivation a first condition is met for conducting successful anti-corruption activity. Further on, we have to work on the know-how factor, be it capacity development of personnel as well as gathering information and conducting qualitative analysis related to corruption, its causes and weaknesses of our institutional and legal framework“, stated Dr. Almir Maljevic from the Faculty for Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies of the University of Sarajevo during vivid discussion.  

This exchange of best practices with UNDP’s and UNODC’s regional offices as well as countries in the region – Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and FYR Macedonia will provide a platform for discussion on the development of the new anticorruption strategy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with particular focus on BiH’s EU accession process.