Tihomir Brajković owns three small hydropower plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He plans to build another six. He was convicted of tax evasion, yet having received a license to exploit natural resources he now collects renewable energy subsidies worth millions.
Doling out grants to non-governmental organizations has become a lucrative business for their founders and local politicians in Brčko District. Politicians buy votes in this way, while their friends from associations spend money without oversight.
Ilidža councilor Kemal Habibija took advantage of another person’s property to collect 50,000 KM from government coffers for a co-op he established with his family members. The property’s owner says he knew nothing about it.
Cantonal Court in Tuzla sentenced Jerko Ivanković Lijanović, the former FBiH Minister of Agriculture, for illegal distribution of grants to a prison sentence and ordered him to return some of the money. Judiciary has yet to investigate all reports about illegalities in the approval of subsidies and for buying votes with taxpayer money.
Almost 90,000 KM from the budget reserve went to office holders or their children for medical treatment and education.
Sarajevo Canton has given employment loans to firms for years, but some spent the money without employing anyone. Employment Bureau officials say that these programs aren’t going to be repeated soon. However, the combined debt of the firms to the Canton taxpayers to date is 2.5 million KM.