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Natural resources
Promised Land for Illegal Gravel Extractors

Illegal gravel operations have eroded the river beds in the Republika Srpska. Firms and individuals who are not licensed to dig gravel have not only appropriated this public good, but also threaten the security of local communities living near these rivers. Officials are aware of this issue, but are doing nothing to solve it.

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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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Natural resources
Citizens Wronged on the Doljanka River

Government institutions issued permits for the construction of a small hydro plant Zlate. Local residents say that they had no say, even though regulations and conventions guarantee their rights in the matter.

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Natural resources
Biodiesel Alchemy

Fuel importers found a loophole that enabled them to import huge amounts of diesel blended with bio-diesel and avoid paying fees and tax. Customers were not let in on the deal and they paid the usual rate for diesel, giving importers an extra 55 pfennigs per a liter.

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Natural resources
Expensive and Useless Pipeline

The public corporation BH Gas has built a 41.5 million KM pipeline from Zenica to Travnik. Due to bad decisions and conflicts among three successive company managements, the pipeline has been unused, unmaintained and is potentially dangerous.

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Natural resources
Goci’s Empire

Gordan Pavlović aka Goci from Foča was convicted in his youth of forgery of vehicle identification numbers. Nowadays, he owns coal mine, construction and trading firms, hotels and numerous offices and apartment buildings.

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Natural resources
Years of Waiting for Cleaner Air

Until the end of this year, BiH is poised to adopt a state-wide low carbon scheme. The government plans to take a 641-million KM loan to finance the plan.

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Natural resources
New Power Plant on Ground Zero Project

While the dust is still settling on news that millions were wasted on a failed collaboration with Czechs in Gacko, the Republika Srpska government announces a new power project involving a Chinese firm.

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