Report on current practice for determining of wages of deputies and delegates in parliamentary bodies of BH

3. March 2010.

The report on the current model for determining wages of MPs and delegates in parliamentary bodies of B&H with the proposal for the establishment of a long-term sustainable model represents a study aimed at contributing to the creation of a system that will secure responsible and rational spending of public funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The report is addressing the weaknesses of existing models for determining wages in the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Parliament of the Federation of B&H and National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska. It offers concrete recommendations for achieving better and long-term sustainable solutions.

Weaknesses of current models for determining wages in all three parliaments in question point to the need of urgent reform of current ways of determining wages of domestic parliamentarians, aimed at achieving a more effective, fiscally responsible and long-term sustainable system.

Therefore, the following recommendations were defined, which, among other, were based on good practice examples from parliaments from European countries:

  • Wages and allowances of MPs and delegates regulate legally by including this issue in laws regulating wages in institutions of entity and state governments
  • Determine the amount of wages of MPs and delegatesso that it does not exceed three average wages in the entity/country
  • Abolish wage surrogates – monthly allowance (parliaments of B&H and FB&H) and fees for engagement in committees and boards
  • Abolish wage increases for club presidents and vice-presidents
  • Equalize the amount of income for all MPs and delegates regardless of their engagement status
  • Introduce financial penalties for unjustified absence from sessions of parliaments of working bodies
  • Publish relevant information regarding wages of MPs and delegates on parliaments’ websites.