Project of optimisation of administrative procedures and formalities at the Republika Srpska level


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Policy areas

Organisation name BiH, Government of Republic of Srpska, Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship

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Contact person: Slobodanka Dubravac


In 2006, the ‘Regulatory Guillotine’ project successfully simplified or abolished unnecessary administrative burdens for businesses. This established a precedent for the ‘Project for Optimisation of Administrative Procedures and Formalities’. The need for the project arose due to several factors. First, compared to 2006, the number of administrative procedures had significantly increased. This growth stemmed from new legal regulations and the need to comply with EU regulations. Second, the existing Registry of Approvals, established after the Regulatory Guillotine project, needed an upgrade to provide better information to citizens and businesses.


The primary objective of the Project for Optimisation of Administrative Procedures and Formalities was to reduce the burden on businesses and citizens by simplifying or abolishing unnecessary administrative procedures. This simplification aimed to achieve the following aims.

  • Reduced time and costs: by streamlining procedures, the project aimed to save time and money associated with navigating administrative processes for businesses and citizens.
  • Improved business environment: a more efficient administrative system was expected to attract investment and improve the overall business environment in Republika Srpska.
  • Modernised public services: the project also aimed to lay the groundwork for the digitisation of public services, leading to a more modern and efficient system.


The Project for Optimisation of Administrative Procedures and Formalities was implemented within the existing administrative framework of Republika Srpska. A high-level Project Council for Management and Monitoring, comprising government ministers and business community representatives, oversaw the project’s progress and provided strategic guidance. The Secretariat for Administrative and Technical Affairs provided essential administrative and technical support. Additionally, an Operational Body for Project Implementation was formed, bringing together representatives from the 42 government institutions responsible for issuing permits and formalities. These representatives were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills through training workshops conducted by the Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship. The workshops focused on the project’s core principles and the established methodology for analysing and optimising administrative procedures. Furthermore, the project actively sought stakeholder engagement, particularly from the business community. Finally, a comprehensive analysis of each administrative procedure was undertaken, meticulously identifying potential areas for simplification or abolition. This meticulous analysis formed the foundation for the development of the Action Plan, which outlined specific measures for streamlining procedures.

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