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Presentation of the Association 2013


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About Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (in further text: Association) is independent organization of voluntarily associated municipalities and towns in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina established with the purpose of local government development and improvement and protection of the local government units interests.

The Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as non-governmental and non-for profit organization has been established on the First Assembly held on 29 May 2002 in Mostar.  The document about the establishment of the Association has been signed by 54 members. They have also adopted the Statute of the newly established Association. The Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a legal successor of the Community of municipalities and towns of the Socialistic Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established in 1972 with the aim to improve and develop the system of the local self-government, protects interests if local communities and develops cooperation between the cities and international cooperation. 

The second Assembly of the Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been held in Gradacac on 22 March 2007. At this Assembly the new Statute was adopted and new governing bodies elected. At this Assembly 29 municipalities have joined to the Association. Next year one more municipality joined the Association, so therefore as of 2008 there were 79 municipalities on board out of 80 local government units in total (five municipalities have ceased to legally exist: Mostar Old Town, Mostar North, Mostar South, Mostar West and Mostar South-West). At the VII Assembly of the Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, held on 6th and 7th of February 2013 in Fojnica, one more municipality, municipality of Kresevo, has joined to the Association of municipalities and towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From the international legal point of view, three key events have made a pathway for the new perspective of the Association. These are:

1.      Ratification of European Chart of local self-government, October 1994 (Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2.      Admission of the Community of the municipalities and Towns of Republic of Bosnia  and Herzegovina in the Congress of local and regional authorities of Europe (CLRAE) as a  special guest (November 1994)

3.      Admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Council of Europe (April 2002)

Association is the place for the free exchange of experience and opinion, promotion of common interest, participation in the consultative legislative processes, protection of common interests and cooperation with national and international Associations, organizations and institutions of government.

MISSION:

The Mission of the Association is to promote democratic and efficient local government in line with the Principles of the European Charter of local self-government. More precisely:

·        Advocacy and lobbying for the common interest of the members at the level of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and at the international level;

·        Offering professional services (legal and financial advising);

·        Creation of the platform for the exchange of knowledge and information (e-mail, web pages, conferences, seminars, workshops, public debates, round tables).

Municipalities and towns in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina only trough joint actions and joint statements can successfully achieve their interests at the Federal and state level. The purpose of the Association, as the representative of the municipalities and towns in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is to represent and advocate for these interests in the best possible way.

LEGAL STATUS

Association was registered on 2nd October 2003 in the Registry of the organizations of the Federal Ministry of Justice under the registry number 719 in the book 1 of the Registry. The amendments in line with the Law on associations and foundations have been made on 24 September 2007 and 7 April 2011.

According to the Law on Principles of Local Self-Government in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina that has entered into force on 8 August 2009 and the article 51 the competences of the Association are stipulated as it follows:

With the aim of protecting their common interests and promoting and advancing local self-government, towns and municipalities may enter unions at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina and BiH Federation.

A union at the level of the Federation shall have the right to do the following:

1.      Act as a legal representative for its members before the authorities of the BiH Federation;

2.      Prepare law proposals and amendments to proposed laws with the aim of improving laws and regulations which define the work of local units of self-government;

3.      Provide opinions and recommendations with regard to the allocation of public revenue in the part thereof that concerns the funding of local units of self-government;

4.      Establish contacts and cooperation with similar organizations in the country and abroad, and join international associations;

5.      Perform other functions in accordance with the statute of the Union.

 

The article 56 of the Law on Principles of Local Self-Government further reads:

Federal, that is to say, cantonal authorities shall have an obligation to consult local units of self-government to the largest degree possible in the process of adopting regulations that directly affect them.

Consultations as envisaged by the previous paragraph shall be conducted by federal or cantonal authorities through the union of municipalities and towns.

By the article 19 of the Law on Principles of Local Self-Government is foreseen that in the case of disputes about the adopted budget it is possible to ask for the arbitrage of the body of arbitration comprised by the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Cantonal Ministry of Finance, municipal council and the head of municipality, an independent finance expert and a representative of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

Article 34 of the Law on Principles of Local Self-Government obliges the lawmaker to obtain the opinion of the Association of Municipalities and Towns on all issues that concern allocation of funds, as well as on all changes to laws that may affect financial obligations of local units of self-government which comes from the European Charter on Local Self-Government  that obliges higher levels of government on consultancies with the local government authorities on all issues related to local government. 

Amendment 96 on the Constitution of the FBiH from 2004 provides possibility to Association to initiate process in the front of the Constitutional Court with the aim to protect local self-government. This provision has been used by the Association on several occasions. 

European Charter on Local Self Government in the article 10 gives the right to associate to local government bodies. The article reads:

Local authorities shall be entitled, in exercising their powers, to co-operate and, within the framework of the law, to form consortia with other local authorities in order to carry out tasks of common interest.

The entitlement of local authorities to belong to an association for the protection and promotion of their common interests and to belong to an international association of local authorities shall be recognised in each State.

 Local authorities shall be entitled, under such conditions as may be provided for by the law, to co-operate with their counterparts in other States.

 

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14. November 2019.

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