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Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2018:2)

The post-war context in BiH remains characterised by a complex institutional structure, deeply entrenched ethnic and political divisions, and a general lack of transparency and accountability. Against this background, both petty and grand forms of corruption are present in the country, affecting all sectors of society, including the judiciary, tax and custom administration, public utilities, procurement and privatisation schemes as well as all major political processes. Under such circumstances, international aid is not believed to be free of corruption. The close connections between the ruling elite and criminal networks represent a further area of great concern in the country. Although an anti-corruption legal and institutional framework has been put into place in recent years - mainly as a result of international pressure - there are neither signs of progress, nor of a firm political commitment against corruption. Such context makes the definition of an anti-corruption agenda for t
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