|Meeting with Srdjan Blagovcanin, |
Director of Transparency International BiH
According to information recently presented by the ACCOUNT anti-corruption network (a project of USAID), Bosnia and Herzegovina loses 47KM every second because of corruption, that is 1.4 billion KM a year (or almost $1 billion!!). I am sure you will agree that this is big money anywhere, and especially in BiH where the average annual salary is around 9,000 KM. Just think what you can do with this much money to improve schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, promote economic prosperity and build better roads.
Transparency International (TI) told me recently that complicated political systems and unchecked politicians are the biggest obstacles in the fight against corruption. Do you agree? I told TI exactly the same thing I tell the politicians – look at Croatia, your neighbor, which just a few years ago was embroiled in a culture of corruption. But as the EU accession process took hold, Croatians made some significant changes in their society. We have seen the results, with the biggest anti-corruption development in Croatia’s history this year – former leaders at the highest levels facing justice on charges that they took kickbacks.