The Government of the Republic of Srpska approved during its 143rd session the Proposal of the Law on Changes and Amendments to the Law on Utility Affairs.
The current Law on Utility Affairs which became effective in December 2011 regulates the organization and functioning of utility activities. The problems, however, have been spotted in the part which refers to the work of certain utility companies, primarily those that deal with production and distribution of heating energy. Construction of new heating plants and use of new fuels such as bio-mass, plants that work on the principle of cogeneration and increasing number of citizens' requests to be disconnected from the city heating system in buildings with single technical heating facility have prompted new legal solutions that would regulate mutual relations of all stakeholders of utility activities.
Another area that needs additional attention is the area of utility services performed with regard to communication cables network and systems which in majority of cases exist on the ground but is not incorporated in the existing legal framework.
In the process of drafting of the Law, the existing regulations on environment protection and energy efficiency have been taken into consideration as well as the principle of economical management and availability of domestic resources and energy fuels. Other measures which should rationalize the costs of utility services and at the same time raise the standard of living have also been included.
The Government accepted the Information Note on the Forum about the "Analysis of the Functionality of the Airport and the Issue of Registration of Prospective Defense Property of the BiH Armed Forces" which was held in Tuzla.
The Government commissioned the Ministry of Traffic and Communications and the 'Airports of Republic of Srpska' public enterprise to file a request with the BiH Presidency that a portion of the properties which are in factual disposal of the Banja Luka Airport should be declared a non-prospective defense property after which the property in question could be registered as the property of 'Airports of Republic of Srpska' public enterprise in accordance with the relevant legal regulations.
The Government further tasked the Ministry of Traffic and Communications and 'Airports of Republic of Srpska' public enterprise to start the procedure for registration of the real property necessary for performing the work at the airport in Banja Luka in favor of the 'Airports of Republic of Srpska' public enterprise.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska has commissioned all relevant stakeholders in Republic of Srpska to deal with the issue of prospective and other defense property exclusively applying Article 72 Paragraph 2 of the Law on Defense of BiH and the issue of non-prospective defense property is addressed implementing the Law on Criteria on distribution of property is regulated by a Special Agreement between the Council of Ministers of BiH and entity governments.
The Government adopted the Information Note on the activities of the Ministry for Refugees and Displaced Persons on implementation of social housing welfare projects.
The Government tasked the Ministry for Refugees and DPs to propose the working group for preparation of the Draft Law on Social Housing.
The value of the Project „Closing of Collective Centers and Alternative Accommodation through Provision of community housing solutions (CEB‐2)" on the territory of the Republic of Srpska is EUR 29.2 million out of which 18.1 million are credit funds. Out of 624 housing units planned by the Project, there would be 494 flats and 130 units for accommodation in old peoples' homes and geriatric centers.
Another project called the project of "Construction of 438 flats in residential buildings for local integration of refugees and displaced persons in BiH (BHZ)'" was approved by the Donors' Assembly on 20 November 2014 in the amount of EUR 12.3 million. The same grant had been extended on 1 December 2016 so that the value of the donation totals 13.8 million. Therefore, within this Project instead of 252 flats, the construction would include 284 flats in Republic of Srpska. As the result of implementation of these two projects, 778 housing units would be built in Republic of Srpska.
The Government decided to provide financial assistance to 'Borac' soccer team Banja Luka and that BAM 100,000 would be transferred to 'Borac' account from the budget reserve. The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports have been commissioned to implement this Decision.
The Government passed a Decision on issuance of approval for privatization of 44 state owned flats in the city of Banja Luka and municipalities of Stanari, Visegrad and Nevesinje which had been used as alternative accommodation for refugees and displaced persons in those towns.
Privatization is carried out in accordance with the Law on Privatization of State Owned Flats and only the persons for whom the Ministry has established that are entitled to alternative accommodation can buy off the apartments if theу file such a request.
The Government passed a Decision on temporary measure of prohibiting the trade of timber trunks for the sake of protecting the interests of local economy. The ban applies to legal entities, entrepreneurs and natural persons who are prohibited to trade with timber trunks outside the territory of the Republic of Srpska, excluding the black pine trunks. Failure to comply with this Government Decision shall be subject to financial fine ranging from 3,000 to 9,000 for a legal entity, from 500 to 1,500 for an entrepreneur and from BAM 300 to 900 for a natural person found responsible for not observing this Decision.
The Government accepted the Information Note on activities related to the project of „Inclusion of the Migration and Development Concept into Relevant Plans, Policies and Activities in BiH – Diaspora for Development".
The Government of the Republic of Srpska supports all activities aimed at strengthening of cooperation between Republic of Srpska institutions and UN agencies based on realistic needs of the population of Republic of Srpska and its institutions and synchronized with the existing strategic documents on the matter.
Republic of Srpska insists that separate strategic documents for the Federation of BiH and the Republic of Srpska are prepared and that comments and suggestions of respective RS institutions are included in proposal of the text in question and that later on a joint strategic solution on the level of BiH is made on the modular principle.
The Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Local Self-Government, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry for Refuges and DPs and the Prime Minister's Front office have been tasked to nominate their representatives in the Working Group for preparation of the Strategy of the Republic of Srpska for cooperation with the diaspora.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Information Note on the commencement of activities on implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in BiH. The Government of Republic of Srpska is committed to implementation of the UN Sustainable Development goals in BiH and holds that its full implementation requires that each government level should prepare separate analysis and action plans and then define joint methodology of reporting on the level of fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda in BiH.
The Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation and Strategic Planning Unit within the Secretariat General of the Government along with the Institute for Statistic have been tasked to prepare the Action Plan for implementation of sustainable development goals in Republic of Srpska. The Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation was tasked to notify the Office of the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in BiH.
The Government of Republic of Srpska accepted the Information Note on establishment of the Coordination Centre for Cultural Cooperation between China and countries of the Central and the Eastern Europe (16+1) in the Republic of Macedonia.
Ministry of Civil Affairs and Communications of BiH sent a letter to entity ministries of culture requesting their consent for signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China and respective ministries of culture in the Central and Eastern European countries.
The opening of the Centre is planned to take place on 1 January 2018. The Centre would not have the status of the international organization. The Republic of Macedonia shall facilitate the premises and the salaries to the staff employed there.