The Government of the Republic of Srpska held today
(25 March 2021) its 114th session chaired by the Prime Minister of
the Republic of Srpska Radovan Višković.
During the session, the Government approved the Bill
on Acquiring the Status of Independent Artist and Independent Culture Expert which
prescribes the conditions and manner of acquiring the status of independent
artist and independent culture expert, their rights and obligations, records
keeping, provision of funds and other issues significant for this category.
Persons who on the basis of general and special
conditions acquire the status of an independent artist and an independent culture
expert acquire the rights of obligatory contributions for pension and
disability insurance, health insurance, unemployment insurance and child
An independent artist is an artist who independently,
as his/her only occupation, creates works of art or performs and interprets
works of art or works in the field of art and culture, while an independent culture
expert is an expert who independently creates unique works, performs research, theoretical
and critical, educational and specialized, production and organizational work
in the field of art and culture in accordance with the law governing the field
The procedure for granting the status of an
independent artist, i.e. an independent culture expert is carried out through a
public call issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The goal of establishing the status of an independent
artist and independent culture expert is to encourage artistic and cultural
creativity of artists and culture experts of the Republic of Srpska, and to
determine administrative and financial measures to strengthen their artistic
and professional creativity.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska has approved
the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on the Securities Market. The key
changes envisaged by this Draft, prepared by the Ministry of Finance of the
Republic of Srpska, are: modernization of the provisions of the Law related to
the prospect, simplification of the procedure of the emission of securities while
maintaining a satisfactory level of transparency, further development of broker
and dealer activities, dealing with consequences of the pandemic and further
harmonization with the legal regulations of the European Union.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska passed the
Decree on Amendments to the Decree on the Conditions for Opening a Foreign
Currency Account Abroad. The proposed amendments to the Regulation refer to:
extension of purposes for which an approval may be issued for opening and using
a foreign currency account abroad, specifying the most common cases of
collection of receivables abroad conditioned by the opening of a foreign
currency account abroad and which refer to collection of receivables by the owners
on the account of sale of their real estate abroad, collection on the basis of
sale of a company or a part of equity in a company abroad, termination of a
company, payment of profit from investment in a company and other similar
grounds. Then, on the basis of explicit stipulation that a foreign currency
account is considered a foreign currency account of a business units
established abroad which represents a separate organizational part of a legal
entity, defining the terms of investments abroad and in terms of this Decree, prescribing
the documentation to be submitted with the application for approval for
financing investment works abroad performed directly from the Republic of Srpska
and not through a business unit abroad, depending on the method of financing,
prescribing also the conditions under which the approval for investment works
abroad can be extended, prescribing that the approval for a business unit of a
resident abroad may be issued for the period on which it is established for the
purpose of performing economic activity for which it is registered abroad,
instead of the previous period of one year or the period for which the
contractual obligation applies, prescribing the obligation of the resident to
report to the Republic Foreign Exchange Inspectorate of Republic of Srpska on
investment activities abroad and foreign currency account balance abroad and
other improvements of technical nature.
The Government has approved the Draft Law on Strategic
Planning and Development Management of Republic of Srpska.
This Law regulates the system of strategic planning
and development management in the Republic of Srpska, principles on which
strategic planning and development management is based, institutional
framework, strategic and implementation documents, sources of financing for
realization of development strategic priorities of sustainable development and
other issues relevant for strategic planning and development management in
Republic of Srpska.
The main reason for enactment of the law is having a more
complete and more comprehensive regulation of the area of strategic planning
as a basic component of public policy development.
Also, an important reason for passing the law is a
harmonized approach to strategic planning based on the same methodologies at
both levels of the government - the Republic level and the level of local
self-government units which would contribute to balanced development of society
in all segments.
Therefore, the goal of this Law is to establish a
unique and functional system of planning and management of sustainable
development in the Republic of Srpska which provides the preconditions for the
harmonized development of the Republic of Srpska. It would also establish a
long-term, sustainable and efficient system of strategic planning and development
management and create conditions for better access to EU funds, as well as increasing absorption capacity and using extra-budgetary funds to finance the
implementation of development priorities.
The Government also adopted the "Strategy for the
Development of Internal Financial Control System of the Public Sector for the 2021-2025
period". The strategy contains an overview of objectives and operational
measures for that period. The areas covered are: financial management and
control (FMC), internal audit (IR) and the Central Harmonization Unit (CHU).
This Strategy is a continuation of the commitment of
the Government of the Republic of Srpska to further strengthen the preconditions
for legally harmonized, efficient, effective, economical, transparent and
responsible management of public finances in accordance with the internationally
accepted management principles and control standards.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska has issued an
Instruction on organization of work during the pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This Instruction regulates the organization of the
work process in the administrative bodies of the Republic of Srpska, the manner
of organizing work from home and the use of breaks during the pandemics of the coronavirus
During the pandemic of corona virus (COVID 19), the
republican administrative bodies will organize work from home for the jobs where
it is possible in accordance with the recommendations of the HQ for Emergency
When organizing the work process and especially with
regard to the organization and referral of workers to work from home, it is necessary
to take into consideration and care to protect particularly vulnerable
categories of workers, such as: pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, workers
with reduced working capacity or risk of disability, person suffering from an
occupational disease, the elderly and people with chronic diseases (including
hypertension, pulmonary and cardiac diseases, diabetes, cancer diseases), persons
with disabilities, persons with family responsibilities (taking care of
children or other close family members), as well as other persons whose health
is particularly endangered.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted the
Information on the Request of the production company "NETFILM" d.o.o.
Banja Luka for financial support of the feature film "Children of
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry
of Finance have been commissioned to provide funds from the 2021 Budget of the
Republic of Srpska in the amount of BAM 200,000.00 for the purpose of financial
support to the film.
The film "Children of Kozara" will present the
tragedy of the sufferings of children, Serbs and other peoples during the
Second World War and tell the tragic story of the genocide committed by the
Independent State of Croatia. Thus, it is in line with the European efforts to
mark the culture of remembrance especially for the crime of genocide, with a
film that has this tragedy in all its elements.
It is an international film project and the partners
are from Serbia, the Czech Republic, France, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia and
Croatia while the entire movie will be filmed on the territory of Republic of Srpska
and all film capacities of the Republic of Srpska will be engaged so that it
would get the status of the main producer.
The Government passed a Decision on amendments to the
Decision on determining the priority projects from the Public Investment
Program of the Republic of Srpska for financing from the 2021 Budget with the
distribution of funds.
From the budget funds for public investments in 2021,
funds were approved for co-financing the project of reconstruction of the
pressure pipeline from the pumping station Vrelo Praca to the Mladost reservoir
and construction of the primary sewage network of the Tourist Sports Center
Dvorista, completion of works at the Faculty of Medicine in Foča and reconstruction
of the historic monastery of Miloševac (Prijedor municipality).