Category: Incentives

Incentives
Subsidies for Debt and Fraud

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.

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Grants in Brčko to Friends and Voters

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.

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Weak Scrutiny Over Subsidies

Nearly 1 billion KM has been spent on subsidies in BiH over the past seven years. That sum was allocated and spent with little scrutiny and resulted in numerous irregularities.

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Faulty Appraisals of Expert Izić

With faulty appraisals, expert witness Nedžad Izić helped farmers get grants they were not entitled to and secured millions in loans for private companies. The grants have been spent and a bank could not recover on its claims.

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Subsidies in Lijanović’s Pockets

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.

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Subsidizing Minister Lijanović’s Business

During Jerko Ivanković Lijanović’ four-year term, the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture has allocated 2.8 million KM to persons and firms connected to the minister’s family. No agency has called it a conflict of interest or called for a sanction.

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Loans to Employers, Debts to Citizens

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.

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