Parties “pulled out” 335 million KM from the budget

17.04.2022. / 10:00

SARAJEVO – More than 335 million marks from the budget of all levels of government have ended up in the accounts of parliamentary political parties in BiH since 2004, and those who monitor their work and the situation on the ground warn that the money is largely in vain thrown.

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Data on the annual revenues of the parties, and only on the basis of inflows from the budget because they have other sources of funding, from membership fees to contributions from individuals and legal entities, was revealed by the BiH Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday. entities in 2021 from all budgets in BiH.

The Law on Financing of Political Parties stipulates that parties can be financed from the budget of BiH, entity budgets, cantonal budgets and the budget of the Brcko District, as well as other units of local government and self-government. At the request of the CEC, data on payments during the last year were not submitted by five municipalities – Ravno, Pale-FBiH, Kotor Varos, Visegrad and East Stari Grad, but others remained.

“KM 19.35 million has been planned for the financing of political entities in 2021, and KM 18.85 million has been paid”it was confirmed in the CEC of BiH, where they added that according to the available data, 28 local communities did not allocate funds for financing the parties last year.

A comparative review of budget allocations for political entities from 2004 to 2021 shows that in that period, from the budget of all levels of government in BiH, 335.7 million KM reached their accounts. At the annual level, according to indicators, these amounts ranged from 13.2 to 23.7 million KM.

“Budget allocations have been constantly growing from 2004 to 2008, there have been oscillations from 2009 to 2012, and in 2013 the payment fell by about 12 percent, to grow again until 2020. Budget allocations to political entities in 2021 In 2006, they were 17.6 percent higher than in the previous year“, Reads the CEC report.

Member of the Strategic Board of the “Coalition under the Magnifying Glass” and President of the Tuzla Citizens’ Forum Vehid Sehic, when asked if so much money is justified and whether it is necessary to continue this practice, said the best answer is the view of BiH as a whole.

“Assemblies often impose topics that are not in the interest of the citizens. It is certain that the parties did not justify the money that regularly came to their accounts, regardless of the crisis. But in our country, politics is a special profession and exclusively materially useful for those who deal with it, so it should not be surprising where corruption and dishonest election campaigns come from. Behind everything is the fact that there is no honesty and rule of law in BiH. “pointed out Šehić for Glas and added that the parties create an atmosphere of insecurity and fear more than they contribute to the creation of a legal, economically stable country.

Most of the money ended up in the accounts of leading parties in Republika Srpska and FBiH, including SNSD, SDA, HDZ BiH and others.

Glas Srpske


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