The IPA Committee, consisting of representatives of EU member states, will meet in Brussels to approve the allocation of IPA funds for BH, confirmed the spokesperson of the EU Delegation in BH Jamila Milovic – Halilovic.
She added that the European Commission has launched an internal procedure to reduce the “Preliminary draft of the national program 2013” in the amount of 47 million EUR, out of the 87 million EUR provided by this program, in the other words to abolish a number of projects which will affect all levels of government in BH.
The projects in question relate to support for transport, the support of institutions at all levels for the implementation of the Law on small business and the project of procuring equipment for Parliament.
Halilovic said that projects in the transport sector were meant for funding the necessary studies for the construction of roads and railways in the Federation of BH and Republika Srpska, including sections Sarajevo- Vardiste, Lasva – Jajce – Ugar – Banja Luka and the Banja Luka bypass, as well asparts of the railway Kostajnica – Doboj , Maglaj – Jelina, Zenica – Doboj and Podlugovi – Tuzla – Brcko.
Halilović assured that the remaining 40 million EUR will not be reduced.
“Funding is intended to directly benefit the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the remaining 40 million will not be reduced” said Halilovic .
Head of the Section for Political and Public Affairs of the EU Delegation in BH Jirgis Vilcinskas, said earlier that the EU monitoring committee for IPA funds will make a decision to deny BH the 47 million EUR if they do not reach an agreement on the implementation of the decision brought by the Strasbourg Court in the matter of Sejdic-Finci.