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INFORM National workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2017-05-23

On 23 May 2017, the Center for Intradisciplinary Social Applied Research (Sarajevo, BiH) hosted its first National Workshop in the INFORM project framework.

The goal of national workshops is to engage representatives of national offices for European integrations and other important stakeholders in order to raise awareness about the project, as well as gather expert feedback on it.

Representatives of the Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as several individual experts on European integrations took active part in the Sarajevo workshop. They expressed their interest in the INFORM project, provided feedback, as well as offered their expertise for future collaborations.

Participants:

  1. Mr Edin Dilberovic, Head of the Directorate for European Integration
  2. Ms Mirela Cosic, PR at the Directorate for European Integration
  3. Ms Maja Rimac-Bjelobrk, VP at the Directorate for European Integration
  4. Ms Marina Kavaz-Sirucic, VP at the Directorate for European Integration
  5. Ms Amira Lazovic, VP at the Directorate for European Integration
  6. Mr Adnan Tatar, Coordinator for European integration at the Government of FBiH
  7. Ms Azra Hadziahmetovic, Professor at the University of Sarajevo, Head of Master’s programme for European integration

The CISAR was represented by Dr Adnan Efendic, Dr Hariz Halilovich, Dr Ismet Kumalic, and Mr Mirza Mujaric.

The workshop proved to be productive and engaging, with stakeholder participants providing extensive feedback and engaging in fruitful discussions with the INFORM project team.

Most importantly, the participants acknowledged the fact that informal institutions constitute a roadmap for setting up the formal ones as well as that the formalisation of informal institutions allows to avoid creating gaps. The stakeholders expressed their concern that EU rules do not always recognise the importance of informal institutions in the country. Because of this, the implementation of adopted rules is often lacking, thereby creating the ground for emergence of informal practices and institutions.

The workshop participants also identified the inadequate efforts of local institutions in the implementation of EU rules and, therefore, in the creation of the gap between formal and informal institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s population losing trust in its formal institutions. It was suggested that the INFORM project would gain from deeper examination of this factor and suggestions as to how to regain people’s trust in formal institutions and capacity building.

The participants also stressed that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s difficulties in adopting certain EU rules and directives are caused by the country’s complex internal structure – that is, the fact that it consists of three parts (FBiH, RS, BD) that are often at different stages of the accession process.

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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