Bosnia and Herzegovina's new Strategy for combating transnational organized crime

6-8 June 2022, Tarčin, Bosnia and Herzegovina: UNODC supported the second meeting of the Working Group of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) towards the development of a comprehensive strategy against organized crime. The Working Group, chaired by the BiH Ministry of Security, brings together representatives of key institutions at all levels, including law enforcement, intelligence agencies, indirect taxation authorities, and the Prosecutor’s offices. The meeting was also attended by the European Union Special Representative in BiH and the OSCE Mission in BiH.

The cooperation in developing the new Strategy is an outcome of the dialogue between UNODC and  authorities in BiH initiated in the framework of the UNODC Global Programme for the Implementation of the Organized Crime Convention with the support of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe. In this context and relying on its Organized Crime Strategy Toolkit for Developing High-Impact Strategies, UNODC is currently providing technical assistance to the Working Group for the drafting of the next BiH Strategy against organized crime.

In the Working Group meeting, participants thoroughly revised and discussed the vision, objectives and measures of the new Strategy in line with the "4Ps" (Prevent, Protect, Pursue, Promote) framework described in the Toolkit.

In taking this cooperation forward, UNODC is committed to continuing to support the country’s effort towards the finalization of the new comprehensive Strategy that will enable a coordinated response to some of the most pressing threats Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently facing. UNODC looks forward to the next expert discussions in a similar format that will focus on finalizing a unified monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure implementation and adequate reporting of the measures contained in the document over the coming years.

This activity is generously supported and funded by the Government of the United Kingdom and contributes to SDG 16.a on strengthening relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.