23.02.2021. / 11:38
BANJA LUKA – Members of security agencies at the level of BiH with residence in the Republika Srpska have been unsuccessfully seeking for years to have the same rights as their colleagues from the FBiH.
A group of police officers gathered recently in front of the RS National Assembly and expressed dissatisfaction with the retirement conditions, which discriminated against their colleagues from FBiH. They are asking for the right to give up their pension length of service on the basis of participation in the war, ie the amendment of Article 39 of the Law on PIO RS, which says that they cannot give up special length of service determined by the decision of the PIO Fund. In practice, this means that members of SIPA, the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies and the BiH Border Police from the Republika Srpska will lose their employment on the basis of 40 years of pensionable service, which must include double length of service. Simply put, if one of them has four years of participation in the war as a member of the MUP or the RS Army, it means that he must retire eight years before his current colleagues, and former members of the BiH Army or HVO, who participate in the war. included in the pension period only with their written consent.
Radovan Marcheta, a member of the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies of BiH, specified for “Glas Srpske” that slightly more than 1,000 officers residing in RS work in security agencies at the level of BiH, and that about 150 of them should retire by the end of this year.
– According to the current legal solutions, we have to retire on the basis of war experience, which is counted in the total length of service, while our colleagues from FBiH have the right to give up that length of service – says Marcheta.
He points out that around 12 million marks are paid annually to the RS Pension Fund on the basis of contributions for pension insurance for Serbs employed in security agencies at the BiH level, adding that their retirement practically deprives the Pension Fund of that amount.
Marinko Dragisic, a member of the United Srpska in the Parliament of Srpska and the president of the Committee for Veteran and Disabled Protection, says that he supports the demands of Serbian members of security agencies at the level of BiH. He says that their demands are justified and that people feel discriminated against and left by the institutions of Srpska for which they fought.
– The Prime Minister of Srpska, Radovan Viskovic, spoke about this problem at the last session of the NARS and said that work is being done to solve it, but we have not yet received the work program of the RS National Assembly, so we do not know whether it will be only changes or new legal solutions. In any case, the problem of these people should be solved and they should be given equal rights – says Dragisic.
He adds that a special problem is that the process of employment in security agencies at the level of BiH is very slow, which is why it may happen that in a few years there will be a very small number of Serbs in them.
– Even if new people are hired, they are young people, while all experienced staff will be from FBiH. In addition, logic dictates that it is better to amend the disputed article of the law and allow people to stay employed and receive a salary from the BiH budget for the next eight years, instead of a pension from the RS Pension Fund – Dragisic concludes.
SDS MP in the RS National Assembly Nedeljko Glamocak says that the problem of Serbs employed in security agencies at the BiH level should be solved, but he believes that the government is not doing that because its goal is to employ its people instead of retirees.
– We support what the Serbian staff is asking for, as well as the request to enable them to choose the five most favorable years when retiring, because that right was given to members of the RS MUP, but also to employees of BiH-level agencies residing in FBiH – says Glamočak.
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