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Minister Resic: The Law reforms lead to higher responsibility of local officials

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“The new Law on Local Self- Government in the Republic of Srpska, which draft is in process, leads toward the higher responsibility of the assemblies’ members, both in the municipalities and cities.”, said Lejla Resic, Minister of Public Administration and Local Self- Government.
She emphasized that there is no responsibility balance between alderman and municipality’s chief. Therefore, it is possible to start a withdrawal process of the chief, but at the same time it is not achievable to establish the responsibility of the alderman for the inaccurate evaluation and money disburse in the case of organizing the withdrawal, where the chief again receives the support of the citizens.
Today, 17th November 2015, before the beginning of the third Conference of the presidents and secretaries of the municipalities/cities, Resic has highlighted that the Conference is going to be the chance to talk about new law decision. 
“There are also other things that need to be resolved, whereas some local municipalities do not function for some time.”, said Resic.
She is even considering the possibility of dismissing the local parliaments, in order to prevent them from keeping the whole local municipality and economy in the “hostage crisis”.
The Vice President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska, Nenad Stevandic, said that Parliament of Srpska has accepted with pleasure to be the host of today’s Conference, where constructive solutions are found through cooperation.
“We aspire to be the place where good ideas gain their formal shape and are a flywheel for better relations and projects in Srpska, as well as high quality and more efficient administration.”, said Stevandic.
The President of the Association of the municipalities and cities of the Republic of Srpska, Mico Micic, emphasized that the new Law on Local Self- Government should amplified the responsibility of aldermen in the local parliaments, as well as the chief’s and mayor’s, in order to prevent the situations where individual local communities are not able to pass the budget.
According to his words, the Conference will contain the topic of mutual relation between the local communities, as well as the relation with higher level of authority.
The Leader of the Section for democratic management upon the Mission of OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tanya Holstein, said that OSCE in BH is dedicated to the development of democratic management on the local level, especially considering its significance for the citizens.
“Today’s Conference will provide a chance for the presidents and secretaries of the municipalities’/ cities’ assemblies to articulate the interest of their local communities, regarding the issues of the elective legislative and the Law on Local Self- Government in the Republic of Srpska.”, said Holstein.
The third Conference of the presidents and secretaries of the municipalities’/ cities’ assemblies in Republic of Srpska began with the moment of silence for the casualties of the terroristic attacks in Paris on 13th November.
The Conference is organized by the Association of the municipalities and cities of Srpska, supported by the Mission of OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 



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