The Reform Agenda adopted recently by all three levels of government has a broad scope covering economic, social, administrative and rule of law measures. What reform do you want to see implemented most urgently?

Ivana Kešić,  Sarajevo

Of all the proposed measures on the Reform Agenda, I think the priority should be to reduce the tax burden on labour and investment. Clearly the economic effects of this measure would be reflected in an increase in the employment rate. But not only! The positive effects should be monitored also in the area of protection and promotion of human rights – the implementation of this measure could stimulate an increase in legal employment and a corresponding reduction in the grey economy. That would mean better legal protection for workers and their rights. In the long term, reduced labour costs would make the labour market more attractive to foreign investors, and we must not ignore the fact that reduced labour costs and reduced costs of domestic production would make our products cheaper, and therefore more competitive in the market. The implementation of this reform measure would actually cover other areas that the Reform Agenda targets, such as creating a supportive business climate, strengthening local production and competitiveness, reducing unemployment and, in the long term, increasing public revenues.

Vanja Milašinović, Banja Luka

I believe that the most urgent and necessary reforms for Bosnia and Herzegovina are those concerning the establishment of the rule of law. The rule of law is a precondition for the implementation of other reforms. In other words, without the rule of law, a large part of the reforms such as those related to the establishment of an efficient public administration, transparency in employment, tax collection, reduction of public spending and reforming the social system will be difficult to implement. From the perspective of an economist and someone who often has the opportunity to talk to business people from the European Union and the United States, the biggest problem of our society is corruption. Corruption diverts investment, prevents the creation of jobs, stimulates the grey economy and the negative impact on public finances. One of the cures for the fight against corruption, among others, is the rule of law.