The difficult economic situation in BiH did not prevent government officials to visit some of the world’s most attractive destinations on the expense of our citizens. On the flights, as well as other costs, was not spared, and citizens of BiH paid five-day trip of one of the ministers in Washington 15,054 BAM.
In the period from the 1st of January 2016 to the 16th of November 2016, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury spent a total of 83,154 BAM on business trips. Citizens of BiH paid 1,109 BAM for the two-day trip of the Minister of Finance Vjekoslav Bevanda in Zagreb, and his two-day trip to Vienna cost 2,703 BAM.
These are not only trips to a neighboring country at the expense of the citizens of BiH since citizens paid 1,389 BAM for Bevanda’s two days of meetings with the Government of Croatia in Zagreb. Moreover, the Advisor of the Minister Damir Ljubic received 424 BAM for a trip to the charity concert in Zagreb.
The highest paid business trip in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury is a trip to Washington for a meeting with the World Bank and the IMF. Minister Bevanda spent 15.054 BAM for five days in the US, and his Chief of Cabinet Sasa Maric spent 7,068 BAM.
For a visit of a three-member delegation of BH officials led by Minister Jusko on a two-day summit of Western Balkan countries, which was held in Paris, the citizens of BiH paid a total of 10,558 BAM. One of the more “exotic” trips of Minister Jusko was the one in Thailand, and he was accompanied by his advisers Fadil Mandal and this trip cost citizens of BiH 7,362 BAM.
Minister of Security of BiH Dragan Mektic also traveled around the world, and he went to Sofia, Vienna, Ljubljana, Beijing, Riyadh, Israel etc. The most expensive Mektic’s business trip (4,168 BAM) was the one to New York at the Summit of Heads of UN police, which lasted for 4 days.
On the other hand, in the Ministry of Civil Affairs treated a trip to a meeting of the Alliance for Change as a business trip. Thus, the Deputy Minister Djordje Milicevic received 375 BAM and 187 BAM to attend meetings of the Alliance for Change in Banja Luka. The citizens of BiH also paid 375 BAM and 142 BAM for a “business trip” to the Chief of Cabinet of Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs of BiH Jovica Radulovic for the meeting of the Alliance for Change in Banja Luka.
The Ministry of Defense noted that Marija Zelenika, adviser of the Minister Marina Pendes, went to the “business trip” to the session of the HNS (25 BAM) and the official session of the Municipal Council of Citluk (25 BAM).