“The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) is pleased to announce that Congressman Bill Huizenga has joined the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia (Bosnia Caucus). Congressman Huizenga is the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2010. Congressman Huizenga received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Calvin College and began his career as a Realtor and entrepreneur. Today, he co-owns Huizenga Gravel Inc. located in Jenison, MI. Congressman Huizenga serves on the prestigious House Financial Services Committee and Chairs the Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment Subcommittee for the 115th Congress. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee where he is a leading voice on restoring accountability and transparency to the Federal Reserve.” (ACBH)

“Bosnia’s national parliament passed a long-delayed law on Friday that should unlock about 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) of funding from the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and other international lenders. The law raising road-toll fees and excise taxes on bio-fuel was passed by 22 votes to 20 by the 42-seat parliament. Opposition parties voted against, saying it would raise other costs for citizens. They had blocked a previous draft law last year that would have increased excise taxes on fuel to pay for road-building, demanding more transparency in the allocation of monies raised so that the government could not channel them into general budget spending. Addressing the opposition concerns, the government made changes to the legislation lifting road-toll fees and excise taxes just on bio-fuel and bio-liquid, and clarifying that proceeds will be used exclusively for road construction.” (Reuters)

“The Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) will halt the implementation of the NATO Membership Action Plan. Serb Republic (RS) President Milorad Dodik said on Thursday, after his meeting in Banja Luka with Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin. Dodik stressed that all RS representatives in BiH institutions will have to support this decision, given that the RS National Assembly recently adopted a declaration on military neutrality. ‘I believe it will be so,’ he told journalists, Beta is reporting. He pointed out that the RS does not want to have a border on the Drina River, i.e., with Serbia, that would also be a border ‘of some military alliances.”The RS does not hide this and will follow Serbia on this issue,’ the president said. He added that the entity supports the policy of military neutrality implemented by Serbia, and recalled that the RS Assembly adopted the declaration on military neutrality, while the RS was trying to develop models to implement this declaration.” (InSerbia)

“Bosnian gas distributor Gas-Res and Russian oil and gas company Gazprom SPG agreed on Saturday to form a joint venture that will build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated region, according to a regional television report. The plant, which will be majority-owned and financed by Gazprom SPG and built in the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik, will cost an estimated 70 million euros ($82 million), officials said during a signing ceremony in Banja Luka. The president of Bosnia’s Serb Republic region, Milorad Dodik, said the factory would use Russian gas transported to Zvornik via Serbia and would help to improve the security of energy supplies to the region. Russian officials said the energy produced could be used for heating and in transportation, the broadcaster reported. Bosnia, which is divided into two highly autonomous regions – the Serb Republic and the Bosniak-Croat Federation – relies on Russian supplies via Ukraine, Hungary and Serbia to get some 350 million cubic metres of gas that it needs per year.” (Reuters)

“Speaking on Croatian Television’s Sunday at Two talk show, the Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Dragan Covic said that Bosnia and Herzegovina is his homeland. ‘I live in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) and will probably end my life there. B&H is a place where one could live according to the measure of man and achieve their ambitions, especially when one day it joins the European family,’ he noted. Covic is convinced that the majority of Croats see Bosnia and Herzegovina as their homeland although there are people who think it will not survive, that it should be organized differently, that as a people we are completely unequal. ‘We practically all believe that Bosnia and Herzegovina should be a state of the Croatian people and that it should be our homeland,’ he pointed out. Covic said that he wouldn’t be doing the job he does if he wasn’t optimistic and didn’t believe that he can make a great step forward.” (Voice of Croatia)