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Aug 10, 2023 11:36 EEST
August 10 (SeeNews) - Germany has decided to terminate four infrastructure projects worth a total of 105 million euro ($115.7 million) planned to be implemented in Bosnia's Serb Republic as a sanction against the entity's leadership, Germany's embassy in Sarajevo said.
Germany is ending two projects for rehabilitation of Trebinje hydro power plant (HPP), as well as the Hrgud wind farm project and the Gradiska wastewater treatment plant project, the embassy said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Germany suspended the four projects in April 2022 in response to decisions by the Serb Republic's parliament to transfer powers from state level to entity level.
"However, there was no withdrawal of the secessionist measures requested by the German government. Instead, the president and the government of the Serb Republic continued to escalate the political crisis. The German federal government has therefore now decided not to restart the suspended projects," the embassy said.
This decision does not apply to other projects implemented at a national or regional level which include the Serb Republic, the embassy noted.
In December 2021, the parliament of the Serb Republic voted in favour of transferring control of the armed and security forces, the judiciary and the indirect taxation system from state to entity level in what was seen as a move towards the entity's secession from Bosnia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was divided into two constituent entities - the Serb Republic (RS) and the Federation (FBiH), under the Dayton peace agreement after the 1992-1995 war. The Federation and the Serb Republic have their own governments and parliaments and are linked by a weak central government.
($ = 0.908084 euro)
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