GOPAC’s Chapter Formed in Parliamentary Assembly of BiHDec 9, 2016
By signing the Charter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), GOPAC’s National Chapter in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been formed today at the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The GOPAC Charter has been signed by seven parliamentarians of both Houses of the BiH Parliament at a ceremony organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) within the project “Strengthening Parliamentary Capacities and Key Institutions Mandated with Fighting Corruption in BiH”, supported by the Norwegian Embassy.
Apart from the Chairman of the BiH House of Peoples, also UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for BiH Sezin Sinanoglu and Aleksandar Pejcic, a member of GOPAC’s National Chapter at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, addressed an audience.
“The signing of the GOPAC Charter by the BiH parliamentarians is not just a symbolic gesture – we see it as an important and encouraging step forward in fighting corruption at the central place in any democratic society – at the state parliament”, said Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu.
At the GOPAC Charter Signing Ceremony, Chairman of the BiH House of Peoples Safet Softic welcomed the fact that the GOPAC Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed on 9 December, the International Anti-Corruption Day, by which, in his assessment, the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH sends a clear message about its commitment to further strengthening institutional anti-corruption capacities in our country.
In his address, Chairman Softic emphasized that the issue of prevention of corruption and coordination of the fight against corruption was one of the most important tasks of the representatives of institutions at all levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that public perceptions in the country proved that citizens see corruption as one of the biggest problems facing Bosnia and Herzegovina’s society today.
Mr. Softic said that the formation of GOPAC’s Chapter in the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH is a huge step forward for the future activities on prevention of, and fight against, corruption in the government institutions of BiH, particularly for the forthcoming anti-corruption activities of the parliamentarians of both Houses of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH. He extended his thanks to the UNDP representatives for their support for our country to become a part of GOPAC’s large global family and to the parliamentarians from the neighboring Serbia whose engagement had helped establish the chapter in our Parliament.
Following the signing of the Charter, the members of GOPAC’s Chapter in the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH invited interested parliamentarians of both Houses of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH to take an active part in the activities of the Chapter and to develop and implement GOPAC’s Action Plan which will define the National Chapter’s future activities.