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Press statement following the 56th Government session


The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted today during its 56th session held in Banja Luka, the Proposal of the Law on Inspections of the Republic of Srpska.

This Law regulates the work of inspections within the inspection system, competences of the inspection bodies, inspection titles and status of inspectors, the powers, rights and obligations of inspectors, rights and obligations of the subjects of inspection, the manner and procedure of carrying out inspection, appeals submitted to the inspector's decision, enforcement of inspector's decisions, special procedures in inspection supervision, special and internal control procedure, misdemeanor liability and other issues relevant for performing inspection in accordance with the applicable regulations of Republic of Srpska.

In relation to the current Law on Inspections, a new category of inspectors has been introduced – the inspector of special and internal control with the aim of improving the quality of work of inspectors, eliminating illegal, irregular and unprofessional work, respecting the rules of procedure, harmonizing procedures through improving internal procedures and gaining the trust of citizens and legal entities in the work of inspections.

In order to avoid duplication and/or overlapping of inspection controls, it is proposed that work plans of the Republic inspectors and inspectors who perform inspection at the level of local self-government units should be harmonized in order to improve the coordination of inspections and its effectiveness and monitor their implementation. In order to contribute to the growth of the economy and competitiveness in the business environment through inspection, new powers have been proposed to enhance the preventive action of the Inspectorate, which is to provide advisory assistance to the subjects of inspection.

The Government passed the Decision on the minimum pension amount as of 1 January 2020 in accordance with Article 85, paragraph 4 of the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance, which stipulates that the Government of the Republic of Srpska shall adopt an act on establishing the level of minimum pension.

Based on the data provided by the Statistics Office of the Republic of Srpska, the Steering Board of the Pension and Disability Insurance Fund of the Republic of Srpska, it has been decided that pensions earned until December 31, 2019 shall as of January 1, 2020 be increased by 3.11%.

The lowest pension as of January 1, 2020 was set by raising the minimum pension in  December 2019 for an indicated percentage of pension adjustment.

The main rationale for this decision is the fact that the pension adjustment referred above would not apply to the highest number of pensioners with lowest pensions since the adjusted pension would still be lower than the applicable amount of the lowest pension. In addition, the goal of this decision is to improve the financial position of the most vulnerable category of pensioners. Implementation of this decision would require additional funds of about BAM 616,000 per month, or about 7,392,000 by the end of 2020.

The Government approved the Plan for allocation of funds for implementation of the Spa Rehabilitation Project for War Veterans with Disabilities and Family Members of the Fallen Soldiers of the Republic of Srpska.

The spa rehabilitation project for 2020 envisages sending up to 600 invalids of war and members of the families of fallen soldiers of the Republic of Srpska to spa and climatic health institutions and BAM 300,000.00 is foreseen for those purposes.

Since 2005, the Ministry of Labor and Veterans has facilitated spa rehabilitation every year and so far, 8,247 users have passed this type of rehabilitation and a total of BAM 4,403,000.61 has been allocated for this purpose.

The Government of Republic of Srpska issued a Decision approving the payment of pension and disability insurance contributions for workers in former state-owned enterprises, joint-stock companies in majority ownership of the Republic and agricultural cooperatives who once the  missing insurance contributions are paid, would qualify for the age pension until 31 December 2020.

Payment of contributions will be made from the social welfare funds for workers after the Pension and Disability Insurance Fund and the Ministry of Labor and Veterans of Republic of Srpska settle the amounts.  

The Government of Republic of Srpska accepted the Information on co-financing of projects of least developed municipalities in Republic of Srpska.

The Government has allocated BAM 300,000.00 from the 2020 Budget of the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government to co-finance projects of least developed units of local self-government.

The aim of co-financing local government projects from those funds is to supplement their own sources for project funding in the process of already approved funding from domestic and international organizations, domestic and foreign investment funds that finance projects in those local communities.

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