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The 123rd session of the Government held


The Government approved today the Draft Law on Changes and Amendments to the Law on Fire Protection.

The analysis of the effects of implementation of the Law on Fire Protection showed that certain provisions need to be amended and that those amendments would lead to more effective realization of the goals of the Law.  

Firstly, the change was included which refers to the necessity of prescribing the obligation for the owners of the facilities where a large number of persons gather to apply adequate fire protection measures which require the approval of the Ministry of Interior Department for Fire Protection. Then, introducing the obligation for the local governments to form the chimney sweeping services, to raise the accountability of building designers responsible for designing the fire protection measures, raising the awareness of fire protection among school children and youngsters and introducing the obligation for schools to implement the education programmes on fire protection.  

Also, in order to raise the efficiency of fire departments, the Law includes changes related to entry requirements for recruitment of firemen so that the age limit had been moved from 25 to 21 years of age and more precise definition of the scope of work of firemen who regularly intervene in rescue actions and operations.

The Government adopted the Information Note on preparation of the Instruction on Ministerial Conferences within the system of coordination of the process of European integration in BiH. The Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation as the entity Coordinator for European integration has been commissioned to submit this Conclusion to the BiH Directorate for European Integration which functions as the Secretariat of the European Integration Collegiate Body.

In accordance with Articles 2.(4) and 5 of the harmonized system of coordination of the European integration process in BiH, ministerial conferences shall be established as one of the bodies within the coordination system which gather ministers of their respective departments at all levels of governance.

As envisaged by the Articles referred above, ministerial conferences are established on the basis of thematic, i.e. sector clusters in line with the EU acquis chapters and they are as follows:   

• ministerial conference for economic and financial affairs;

• ministerial conference for agriculture and fishery;

• ministerial conference for judiciary and fundamental rights;

• ministerial conference for home affairs;

• ministerial conference for environment;

• ministerial conference for labor and social welfare policy;

• ministerial conference for health and consumer protection;

• ministerial conference for market, trade, competition, industry and customs;

• ministerial conference for transport and telecommunications;

• ministerial conference for energy;

• ministerial conference for education, science, youth, culture and sports

• ministerial conference for miscellaneous matters.

In order to secure that ministerial conferences operate in a uniformed manner, it has been agreed within the coordination mechanism that every level of government should adopt the uniformed "instruction on ministerial conferences" which defines their way of working, composition, status, rights and obligations and other relevant matters. Draft of the Instruction had been prepared by the Directorate for European Integration which in the capacity of the Secretariat of the Collegiate Body for European Integration sent it to all levels of authorities for consideration. After the suggestions of the Government of Republic of Srpska were included in the Instruction, it was accepted by the Collegiate Body for European integration on behalf of the RS Government.

The Government of the Republic of Srpska passed a Decision on the number of full-time and part-time students to be admitted to the first cycle of university studies in public higher education institutions in Republic of Srpska in 2017/18 academic year.

According to the Decision referred above, 5,705 students shall be admitted to the first cycle of university studies, out of whom 3,060 students shall be admitted to University of Banja Luka and 2,305 students to University of East Sarajevo, 270 students would be admitted to High College of Medicine in Prijedor and 70 students to Trebinje School of Tourism and Catering.

The same Decision approved the enrollment of 2,169 students to master studies at Universities in Banja Luka and East Sarajevo, and the quota of 223 students who would be admitted to the third or doctorate studies in Banja Luka and East Sarajevo University.

Students enrolled at deficit departments of mathematics and physics would be entitled to financial assistance.

The Government accepted the Information Note on the issue of addressing the permanent accommodation for judicial institutions in Prijedor, District Court, Public Prosecutor's Office and Commercial Court in Prijedor and reconstruction of the Basic Court building in Kozarska Dubica. The Government allocated BAM 4,000,000.00 for procurement of facilities for accommodation of judicial institutions in Prijedor and BAM 500,000.00 for reconstruction of the Basic Court building in Kozarska Dubica.

The Government authorized the Minister of Justice to sign the Memorandum of Cooperation on the beginning of work of the Basic Court in Modrica – Department Office in Samac between the Municipality of Samac and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Srpska.

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