Of the 17 representatives from the outgoing convocation of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), 16 of them exercised the right to the so-called white bread. For the payment of net salaries to parliamentarians of this House only, upon leaving the positions there, the FBiH will set aside about half a million BAM.
The lowest coefficient
Thus, in the period of one year after the termination of the mandate,
Thus, in the period of one year after the end of the mandate, these people will have the right to the salary they had while they were at the parliamentary positions: Zeid Mujic (2,826 BAM), Elma Djogic (2,718 BAM), Semsudin Kavazovic (2,951 BAM), Marijan Klaic (3,242 BAM), Matea Cakalin ( 2,641 BAM), Sanela Prasovic-Gadzo (3,113), Samila Zejcirovic (2,741 BAM), Boro Kristo (3,091 BAM), Asim Kamber (3,167 BAM), Hasan Muratovic (3,091 BAM), Amer Obradovic (2,903 BAM), Adis Arapovic ( 3,053 BAM), Husein Topcagic (3,053 BAM), Nihad Colpa (2,691 BAM), and Eldin Vrace (2,848 BAM).
Given that he turned 65 on January 18th and met the legal requirements for a pension, Ismet Osmanovic (3,235 BAM) wasentitled to “white bread” until that date.
According to Rasim Smajlovic, the president of the Administrative Commission of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of FBiH, the temporary administrative commission rejected the request of representative Zijat Musicbecause he did not meet the conditions, considering that he had exercised the right to a pension. After he filed an appeal against the decision, it is in the process of being resolved.
”The difference in salary amounts appears due to the amount of the coefficient that is applied to each representative during the salary calculation and the length of service. The lowest coefficient for representatives is 7.80, for deputy presidents of working bodies the coefficient is 8, for presidents of working bodies it is 8.10, and for presidents of caucuses it is 8.20,” explained Smajlovic.
A storm of reaction
The right to a salary after the end of the mandate has been causing a storm of reactions for years in a country where the majority of citizens barely make ends meet, so the logical question arises as to why the state takes care of representatives after they lose their jobs, while it doesn’t take care of thehundreds of thousands of unemployed.
”This right is regulated by Article 11 of the Law on Salaries and Remuneration in BiH Authorities. Initiatives to abolish this right are in the process,” the secretary of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the FBiH, Ivan Milicevic told.
The House of Peoples also has them
At the constituent session of the Administrative Commission of the House of Peoples of the Parliament of the FBiH, the right to a salary at the end of the mandate was recognized for six of the total of 13 delegates who submitted such a request. They are Nikica Bosnic, Mirela Trepanic-Grbesic, Damir Jurisic, Jasmin Duvnjak, Senad Ahmetovic, and Zvonko Maric. The remaining seven delegates need to submit the necessary documentation so that the Commission can make a decision. Salaries of delegates in the House of Peoples amount to about 3.000 BAM, Avaz reports.