PROGRAMMES FOR CAPACITY
launch of a fourth Round of the BiH Beacon Scheme (Best Practice
Programme) took place in January 2009. This Round is now entirely
locally owned following the transfer of responsibilities to the Ministry
of Justice of FBiH and the RS Ministry of Public Administration and
Local Government, as well as the FBiH and RS Associations of Local
Authorities. The four partners have recently signed a Memorandum of
Understanding and have agreed to financially and logistically support
the implementation of the Scheme. The OSCE will continue to support the
scheme if necessary, and the Council of Europe will keep a close eye on
its development, without being directly involved.
Council of Europe and the
OSCE Mission to BiH, in co-operation with the RS and FBiH
Associations of Local Authorities, launched this Scheme in January 2005,
which was financed from voluntary contributions from the Swiss and
British Governments. All awarded municipalities were invited to
disseminate their best practice all over BiH with the support of the
OSCE and the Entities’ Associations of Local Authorities.
A third Round of the BiH Beacon Scheme was launched in July 2007 by the RS
and FBiH Associations of Local Authorities and the OSCE, but without
Council of Europe involvement. Following a series of visits to the short listed municipalities and a
general presentation, the Advisory Panel awarded Beacon Status to the
Brcko municipality, under the theme; “Implementation of IT technologies in
services delivery process aimed at improvement of services quality and
Zenica and Mrkonjic Grad municipalities, under the theme: “Support to
establishment and development of small and middle sized enterprises”.
and Laktasi municipalities, under the theme “Improvement of
agricultural production through partnership with agricultural producers
and citizens in rural areas”.
Banja Luka, April 2007
the second half of 2006, the CoE implemented a project aimed at
building the capacity of the RS and FBiH Associations of Local
Authorities to deliver quality services to their members and
partners. The two Associations went through a detailed assessment of
their effectiveness which led to the development of distinct and common
improvement plans building on strengths, exploiting opportunities and
focusing on areas where further development is needed.