Sarajevo Canton Spent 3 million KM more than it Earned

In the first five month of this year, Sarajevo Canton has spent more than it had earned. The expenditure was nearly 260 million KM, or three million KM more than the revenue according to a non-governmental organization the Centers of Civil Initiatives (CCI) after evaluating the activities of the canton’s government and its parliament for the first six months of this year. CCI warned that the budget was burdened with a new credit for capital projects of 26 million KM and that there the canton is constantly sued by the budget beneficiaries which also presents danger for the Canton’s liquidity.

At the organization’s press conference, the activists said how the legislators have a cavalier approach when it comes to attending sessions. On all eight sessions, 19 out of 35 attended all of them. The rest had one or more absences. The most had Amor Mašović with seven, Selma Filipović with five and Nermin Pećanac with four absences.

In its report CCI said that the salary of legislators in the canton can be as high as 2,500 KM. According to the Law on Legal and Labor Status of Sarajevo Canton Legislators, the MPs are entitled to a monthly attendance allowance akin to the average FBiH salary of around 830 KM. According to the rules of order, those with excused absence shall receive their allowances, while unexcused absentees or AWOL-ing the sessions shall be punished by a 30 percent cut to the allowance.

The CCI report lists several issues noticed by its monitors: late MPs, discussions that last longer than acceptable, leaving of sessions and so on. The CCI activists call for the respect of rules of order and the ethics codex in order to create a good working environment.

In the six months of this year, the Cantonal Assembly adopted 14 laws and 4 bills which are further down the road, while 11 planned laws were not even discussed.

The Cantonal Government held 27 regular and one extraordinary sessions between the beginning of January and the end of June. The sessions lasted four hours on average. Even though their number and duration were similar to the last year, this one was more productive in comparison with the 2011 average.