In the past two months, the FBiH Government’s anti-corruption team received several anonymous complaints, which mostly refer to irregularities in appointment and employment procedures in the FBiH institutions, confirmed in an interview with FENA the head of the FBiH Government’s Anti-corruption Team, Eldan Mujanović, stating that there were no special surprises regarding the complaints, as they are all treated equally and forwarded to the competent authorities.
The team’s primary task is to build systemic solutions to reduce opportunities for corruption.
“I don’t think that anti-corruption teams should turn into surrogates of the police, prosecutor’s office, court, inspection or other similar institutions, no matter how attractive it might have seemed. According to the current regulations, we will immediately submit any knowledge to the competent authorities and there is no dilemma. Still, we are not legally authorized to do other people’s work conducting investigations, nor can it be a good way to fight corruption effectively,” Mujanović said.
Answering the question of whether the Anti-corruption team managed to identify where corruption risks occur, he points out that according to numerous indicators and reports, the areas where corrupt behavior most often occurs are: public procurement, employment in the public sector, financing of political parties and campaigns, education, healthcare, but also the private sector where corruption also occurs and there is a need to prevent corrupt business and other practices.
According to the Action Plan for the fight against corruption, the Anti-corruption team of the Government of FBiH is currently working on completing the list of contact persons for the prevention of corruption and the coordination of anti-corruption activities in all institutions, companies and other entities that are subordinate to the Government of the Federation of BiH in a certain way.
“In this regard, we will continue to work on training these contact persons, which will strengthen the system of coordination of anti-corruption activities,” says Mujanović.
He points out that for the unhindered undertaking of anti-corruption activities, it is important that both houses of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopt systemic regulations as soon as possible in the field of preventing conflicts of interest and protecting corruption whistleblowers.
“We actively participated in the implementation process of the Law on Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime, whose implementation has already been delayed too much,” Mujanović believes.
In the coming period, the Council of Ministers of BiH should adopt a state strategy for the fight against corruption, in order to immediately start drafting such a strategic document for the Federation of BiH, Fena news agency writes.