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The 147th session of the Government held


The Government of the Republic of Srpska approved today during its 147th session held in Banja Luka the Proposal of the Law on Changes and Amendments to the Law on Railways of the Republic of Srpska under urgent procedure.

The Railways of the Republic of Srpska public enterprise have undertaken activities on implementing the process of restructuring of this public company. In order to make this process successful, it is necessary to deal with the issue of the surplus of workers. A large number of workers of the Railways has sufficient years of service that fall under the area of pension insurance but lack the requirement that refer to the retirement age. This mostly applies to the staff in the executive service department who once they lose their posts, there is very little chance that they would ever find a new employment after the restructuring.

Once this Proposal of the Law is enacted through the urgent procedure, it would allow for 260 workers to be retired. The World Bank is actively involved in this process and the Ministry of Traffic and Communications and The Railways of Republic of Srpska public enterprise are negotiating with the Bank to get a loan that would enable successful restructuring.

The Government adopted the Information Note on continuation of cooperation with the European Commission and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) within the new phase of Floods Recovery Project in Republic of Srpska and passed a Decision on acceptance of the donation of the European Union in the amount of EUR 6,800,000.00 approved to the Republic of Srpska under the Agreement with the EU No. 2017/388-193 concluded with the UNDP for the purpose of realization of the new Floods Recovery Project.

The total value of the Project is EUR 7,701,524.88 or BAM 15,062,873.40. The Government of the Republic of Srpska would co-finance the Project with up to BAM 1,300,00.00 and local communities included in the Project up to BAM 462,229.40 (or 3.08%).

The donated funds would be used for realization of project activities related to provision of permanent housing and economic empowering of the people affected by floods and landslides in the Republic of Srpska for the purpose of construction and rehabilitation of individual housing, small agricultural households and generation of new employment in the private sector that would help people in social need who live in the areas affected by the floods.

The Government authorized the Minister of Finance to sign the Project Agreement with UNDP in BiH whereas the United Nations Development Programme would implement the Project in Republic of Srpska.

The Government passed a Decision endorsing the financing of the Project of Reconstruction of the Romanijska street in the municipality of Pale with the funds donated by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The value of the Project according to the Project Plan is estimated to be BAM 1,317,948.35 out of which the Government of Serbia would provide BAM 977,915.00 and the remaining amount would be secured by the municipality of Pale.

The Government passed a Decision endorsing the project „Execution of Mechanical Installations, Heat Insulation and Replacement of Window and Door Frames in the Primary School 'Mesa Selimovic' in the community of Lisnja", municipality of Prnjavor with the funds donated by the Government of Serbia. According to the Project Plan, the value of the Project had been estimated at BAM 142,000.00 out of which the Government of Serbia would provide 97,700.00 and the remaining  funds hall be secured by the municipality of Prnjavor.

The Minister of Finance of the Republic of Srpska has been authorized to sign the Subsidiary Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Srpska and the municipalities of Pale and Prnjavor on financing the project with the donated funds within the mechanism of cooperation under the Agreement on Special and Parallel Relations between the Republic of Srpska and Serbia.

The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Activity Report and Plan of the Republic Center for War Crimes.  

In the reporting period the Center continued to fulfill its activities endorsed by the law with the focus being on the search for the missing, investigation of the war events and monitoring the war crime cases processing in judicial institutions.

The Center continued the work on the ongoing and some new projects. The cooperation includes institutions of the Government and non-government organizations.

The problems which the Center encounters are related to the process of tracing the missing persons and the work of judicial institutions which retained the practice of applying discriminatory relation toward the Serbian people.

Nevertheless, the center has managed to fulfill its objectives foreseen by the relevant legal regulations and internal acts and the program of Work and launched some new projects and activities.

The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Report on cooperation of institutions of Republic of Srpska with the International Crime Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague for the period of January through December 2016.

The Government endorsed privatization of 42 apartments owned by the Republic of Srpska in the municipalities of Istocno Novo Sarajevo, Gacko and Bileca which are used as alternative accommodation for refugees and displaced persons and which are built by the funds of the Republic of Srpska and are at the disposal of the Ministry for Refugees and Displaced Persons. Privatization of the apartments referred above shall be executed in accordance with the Law on Privatization of State-Owned Apartments.

Persons who are entitled to alternative accommodation as decided by the Ministry for Refugees and Displaced Persons have the right to apply to buy off those apartments.  

The Government passed a decision on removal of the Director of the General Hospital in Zvornik Milorad Drljevic and appointed Jovan Okuka to that position. 

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