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SRNA News Roundup /III/ - March 13, 2018




BANJALUKA - Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said the Government has achieved its maximum in her five years in office under the circumstances of a political mess in Bosnia and Herzegovina /BiH/.

BANJALUKA - Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic says April pensions will be two per cent higher.

BANJALUKA - National Assembly Speaker Nedeljko Cubrilovic says the parliament’s view regarding a request by ten delegates of the Council of Peoples for review of constitutionality of the Law on the Day of Republika Srpska has not changed, taking into account the different interpretation and political approach of the BiH Constitutional Court when it comes to March 1 and January 9.

BANJALUKA - The BiH Constitutional Court has extended the deadline for preparing the answer to a request by ten delegates of the Republika Srpska Council of Peoples for review of constitutionality of the Law on the Day of Republika Srpska, allowing the team in charge of drafting the answer to define all its points in detail, team coordinator Rajko Kuzmanovic said on Tuesday.

BANJALUKA - Representatives of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Investment Bank /EIB/ signed a EUR6.8 million grant agreement on Tuesday for the construction of a cross-border bridge in Gradiska, as well as a EUR47 million agreement for financing the Banjaluka-Doboj B motorway.

BANJALUKA - The Law on Victims of War Torture will provide compensation to the victims, especially the people who suffered sexual violence, Minister of Labour and Protection of Veterans and Disabled Persons of Republika Srpska Milenko Savanovic and British Ambassador to BiH Edward Ferguson said on Tuesday.

BANJALUKA - Minister of Administration and Local Self-government Lejla Resic and British Ambassador to BiH Edward Ferguson met in Banjaluka on Tuesday to discuss the public administration reform with a special emphasis on the provisions of the Law on General Administrative Procedure and Law on Registries, which have been submitted to the parliament for review.

BANJALUKA - The Srpska Ministry of Refugees and Displaced Persons has invested more than BAM11 million in Derventa over the past seven years through the programme aiming to resolve the problems of DPs, refugees and returnees and through joint projects, Minister Davor Cordas, Mayor Milorad Simic and BiH House of Peoples delegate Sredoje Novic stated in a meeting on Tuesday.

BANJALUKA - Benjamin Cosovic, a 22-year-old Tesanj native suspected of attacking police officers in Doboj, has been transferred after interrogation at the Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Entity Public Prosecutor’s office for further procedure, prosecutor’s office spokesperson Dragica Tojagic told Srna.


SARAJEVO - BiH Presidency Chair Dragan Covic received a visit from representatives of the Institution of Human Right Ombudsmen on Tuesday, who informed him about the activities carried out by the institution in order to get re-accredited with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

SARAJEVO - BiH Presidency member Mladen Ivanic and Slovenian Ambassador Zorica Bukinac discussed the need to seek an adequate solution for amendments to the BiH Election Law.

SARAJEVO - BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic said he did not exceed his powers by toughening the procedure for obtaining the certificate of origin of fruit and vegetables exported to Russia.

SARAJEVO - Bosnia and Herzegovina ranks third in the Foreign Direct Investment magazine’s list of regions of the future capable of attracting foreign investments on the basis of costs of business activities in 2018, reports the BiH Foreign Investment Promotion Agency /FIPA/.


MOSTAR - At a Tuesday meeting in Mostar which gathered representatives of the parties represented in the BiH parliament, six proposals were presented for amending the national election law concerning the elections in the city of Mostar, one of them being a joint proposal from the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats /SNSD/ and Serbian Democratic Party /SDS/.


BELGRADE - Canada sees Serbia as a pillar of stability in the Western Balkans and appreciates the efforts it invests in resolving problems and achieving regional reconciliation, Canadian Ambassador to Serbia Kati Csaba stated in a meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on Tuesday.

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Tuesday that government money would have to be allocated to deal with the issue of hazardous industrial waste and that environmental controls would have to be stricter.

PRISTINA - The Kosovo Police Service on Tuesday seized a major amount of weapons and ammunition in the village of Kolic outside Pristina and arrested two Albanians in connection with the crime.


SKOPJE - US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell stated Tuesday in Skopje that conditions for resolving the problem between Skopje and Athens regarding the Macedonia naming issue are better than ever but that the United States will not resolve the problem for them. /end/ds