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Wigemark: Billions of euros are disappearing in corruption

Government leaders and heads of anti-corruption bodies gathered today at a conference chaired by Wigemark to discuss a more concrete and stronger fight against corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is present in all segments of society
June 13, 2019
Fighting corruption is one of the key priorities on the path of a country towards full membership in the European Union, but that is a question that could not be completely eradicated by the member states, and billions of euros disappear in corruption, the head of the EU Delegation to BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.
Government leaders and heads of anti-corruption bodies gathered today at a conference chaired by Wigemark to discuss a more concrete and stronger fight against corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is present in all segments of society.
In an introductory address at the conference on "Strengthening Anti-Corruption in BiH: What is Anti-Corruption Body Needed for Effective Anti-Corruption", Wigemark called corruption a cultural issue because it is culturally acceptable or not in a particular country.
Today's meeting focused on the need to strengthen anti-corruption bodies in BiH, which are 14, with particular reference to the latest European Commission report on BiH, where one of the recommendations refers to the need to "ensure the effective functioning and coordination of anti-corruption bodies" in BiH.
As pointed out, anti-corruption bodies are made by the wider body together with ombudsmen, public auditors, representatives of the judiciary and inspectors in various areas, all of whom, they said, are the guards of good public administration practice.
Wigemark stressed that all public institutions must work together to achieve any results, as well as the fact that more than 100 people work every day to fight corruption, but this does not include people from the judiciary and the police, agencies and ministries because if they get involved and they can talk about thousands of people who are fighting corruption.
- There are results, but BiH needs indictments, criminal proceedings and judgments because there are judgments at lower levels, however, at higher levels these results are not satisfactory. The situation is similar in all countries that have aspirations to be members of the EU - underlined Wigemark.
He expressed hope that a new anti-corruption strategy will soon be adopted in BiH, but whether this document exists or not, it is successful only if there is a political will to implement it, clearly said Wigemark.
He assessed that the results in the fight against corruption will be a true test of political will, as it is necessary to ensure coordination of the body, but it is necessary to give the whom that fight against this problem the right tool for the fight against the problem.
The conference was organized by the European Union project "Institutional Support to Anti-Corruption - IPAK" and the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption in cooperation with the EU Delegation to BiH.
The meeting discussed what is needed for anti-corruption bodies in order to more effectively and successfully fight corruption until now, and will also discuss the role and purpose of anti-corruption bodies, but also the need to build the basis on which the capacities of anti-corruption bodies will be built at all levels of government in BiH.

Source: https://www.oslobodjenje.ba/vijesti/bih/wigemark-milijarde-eura-nestaju-u-korupciji-465463

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