The proposal of the FB&H Law on Environmental Protection was unanimously adopted at yesterday’s second continuation of the eighth session of the House of Peoples of the FB&H Parliament, after a two-year long campaign “Environment is the law” launched by organizations associated in the Eko BiH network.
“It is an umbrella law for regulating environmental issues, and it is also necessary for easier harmonization of federal environmental regulations with the EU acquis. The fight for the protection and preservation of the environment is not over, but this law greatly facilitates the fight, because now we have the opportunity to more effectively protect our environment, and citizens will be able to more easily exercise their rights to participate in environmental issues,” said Emina Veljovic, executive director of AC Sarajevo.
We remind that in 2019, during the fifth regular session of the House of Representatives of the FB&H Parliament, the Draft Law on Environmental Protection of FB&H was adopted immediately after the initiative to adopt the Draft Law on Environmental Protection of FB&H, with accompanying amendments, was initiated by the Association “Resource Aarhus Center in BiH, ”(AC Sarajevo), the Center for the Environment (CZZS) and the Center for Ecology and Energy (CEE) within the “ Eko BiH ”project, funded by the European Union and co-financed by the City of Sarajevo. During the daily actions of collecting signatures, more than 1000 citizens of Sarajevo, Zenica, Kakanj, Tuzla, Jablanica and Mostar, by signing the Initiative, said that better environmental protection in B&H is urgently needed.The significant contribution of the mentioned organizations and other members of the Eko BiH network was taken into account during the preparation and proposing of 11 additional amendments to the Draft law, of which the FB&H Government accepted five, and then the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament.
However, the House of Peoples of the FB&H Parliament, even after the submission of numerous urgencies by the Eko B&H network during 2019 and 2020, did not put the Proposal of this Law on the agenda. For this reason, on June 5, 2020 for World Environment Day, as part of the project “Misli o prirodi!” AC Sarajevo organized peaceful protests in front of the FB&H Parliament building, in order to invite the delegates of the House of Peoples to finally put the Proposal of this law on the agenda, and then adopt it.
A peaceful gathering was organized at the beginning of November last year as part of the “Eko BiH” project, when a round table was organized on the topic: “Vote for the environment!” The last peaceful gathering was held at the end of December last year during the first session of the eighth session of the House of Peoples of the FB&H Parliament.