Initiative to support the preparatory activities for the implementation of water services reform in the Republic of Srpska


On August 10 2020, The Association of Local Authorities of Republic of Srpska and the Association "Water utilities of Republic of Srpska" sent an initiative to support the preparatory activities for the implementation of water services reform in the Republic of Srpska. The initiative was sent to the Presidency of the Republic of Srpska, the Government of the Republic of Srpska and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Srpska.

Bearing in mind that Republic of Srpska is currently carrying out significant activities aimed at the water services sector (water supply, sewerage and wastewater treatment), the Association of Local Authorities of RS and the Association "Water utilities of Republic of Srpska", signatories of the initiative, fully support this reform.

In accordance with the views of international partners (World Bank, UNDP, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Switzerland), as well as the views of the Delegation of the European Commission to BiH, the submitted letter advocates reform of this sector, but with enhanced control of financing and investment. Without clearly defined policies and concrete reforms, this sector will decline.

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