EU supports improvement of the preparation and implementation of integrity plans in BiH

Integrity plans, as an anti-corruption tool, are recognized in BiH, and institutions are familiar with them. Unfortunately, in BiH there is no record of all those obliged to develop integrity plans, nor is the process of drafting and implementing them monitored at all levels, especially not at one, central location.

EU funded IPAK project presented at the online conference analysis and recommendations for improvement and harmonization of methodologies for developing and monitoring of implementation of integrity plans.

Mr. Nicolas Bizel, the Head of Operations Section for Justice, Home Affairs and Public Administration Reform at the EU Delegation to BiH reminded participants that in BiH there are two concepts and methodologies, both with certain qualities.  Both, however, can be improved and IPAK experts’ analysis and recommendations will be usefull for that purpose.

Concluding his introduction to the conference, Mr. Bizel appealed again for quick adoption of the  of the BiH Anti-corruption strategy and Action plan.

IPAK project manager Karoly Soos said that IPAK project ends soon, but EU support to BiH for fight against corruption will continue.

The Conference gathered 40 participants: heads or representatives of Agency for the prevention of corruption and coordination of the fight against corruption and other anticorruption bodies at all levels in BiH, representatives of the governments and ministries from all levels of government in BiH, representatives of CSOs active in the fight against corruption education, individuals which contributed in previous work in this area.

IPAK project team leader Zoran Jachev said that analysis includes not only review of preparation and implementation of integrity plans processes and methodologies, but also review of APIK’s risk assesment tool – tutorial which should assisst institutions building their integrity.

The tool was presented by APIK representatives Ms Ilma Vranac nad Mr Vladica Babić.

The IPAK analysis was presented by the project experts, Mr. Dalibor Đerić and Kenan Henda. Analysis includes possibilities for improvement of methodologies and procedures for preparation of integrity plans, possibilities for improvement of provisions from ACSs and APs preparation and implementation of integrity plans, possibilities and need for harmonisation of preparation and implementation of integrity at all levels in BiH, improved usage of the methodology and web based tool of APIK for preparation of integrity plans.

The experts highlighted the recommendations, including:  - To improve existing policies establishing the obligation to develop integrity plans in Bosnia and Herzegovina (legal framework, strategic framework, etc.); To adapt the existing methodological approaches for the development of integrity plans in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the specifics needs and possibilities of those obliged to develop them; To create and implement software solutions that will enable a simpler process of creating an integrity plan and more efficient control of its implementation; To develop a Manual which will provide the obligors of the development of integrity plans with appropriate examples from practice.

The complete  analysis can be downloaded from the IPAK project website.