The 24th session of Committee on Finance and Budget of Parliamentary Assemblyâ€™s HoR of BiH (PSBiH) was held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The Information of the Auditing Office of Institutions in BiH was considered along with a notice of 6 BiH institutions that were awarded with a â€śreserved opinionâ€ť and â€śreserved opinion with emphasis of matterâ€ť.
The Information was considered for the purpose of monitoring over the realization of recommendations of the Office and conclusions of the Commission that the HoR of PSBiH adopted after the audit of 2014 financial business management.
The Committee members were introduced with the realization of recommendations of the Office and conclusions of the Committee by representatives of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Defense of BiH, the Agency of Labor and Employment of BiH, the Agency for Identification Documents, Records and Data Change of BiH and the Foreignerâ€™s Affairs Service.
The recommendations of the Auditing Office of the Institutions in BiH concern the inconsistent implementation of the Law on Public Procurements, the lack of internal control or its non-functionality, workplaces systematization, vast representation costs and official telephones costs.
The problems of the institutions are also the lack of enacted laws that would regulate the area of their activities more precisely, such as the law on foreign affairs that would benefit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH.
On the question of the Committee members about the number of BiH citizens working abroad, the Agency of Labor and Employment of BiH replied that in 2015 around 6,700 workers travelled to work in Slovenia via the Agency and around 2,500 left for Germany. These departures were based on the agreement with these countries. The Agency has no data on the total number of employees working abroad, since they only have data on the workers who left via the Agency, i.e. through agreements with other countries. Also, it has no information whether the abroad-employed BiH citizens are still in the unemployed records in BiH. Agreements are still expected with Croatia (for seasonal employment) and Serbia as well as Qatar that will include all occupations. The Agency stated that they are working on youth employment in particular.