TI BiH Chairman Mr. Emir Djikic and Minister of Security Mr. Sadik Ahmetovic (foto:

The BiH Ministry of Security and Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BiH) signed today in Sarajevo the Memorandum of cooperation, aiming to establish mutual support in the activities on the prevention and fight against corruption, with particular focus on the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.

"This Memorandum establishes clear mechanisms and modalities of future cooperation based primarily on monitoring and implementation of BiH Ministry of Security strategic documents, on providing expert assistance, and on mutual cooperation in building and enhancing the legal and institutional system in BiH when it comes to the prevention and fight against corruption and organised crime," said BiH Minister of Security, Sadik Ahmetović.

Ahmetović invited other civil society organisations to sign the Memorandum as well, so to create a broad partnership that will strengthen joint work and responsibility for the protection and enhancement of the security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"The formalisation of cooperation between BiH Ministry of Security and TI BiH, as well as the establishment of efficient mechanisms that will enable active and sustainable engagement of the civil society in the cycles of creation and implementation of policies, is of great importance for developing a democratic society, as well as for future BiH reform efforts in the context of the EU integrations," said TI BiH Chairman, Emir Đikić.

Transparency International BiH expressed hope that the relationship between the institutions and the non-governmental sector will be taken forward and that this cooperation, which was formalised today, will become the usual practice which will contribute to achieving real results in the prevention of corruption and the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.

EUPM              05/04/2011