Campaigns without concrete solutions

01 October 2014

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During the election campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina, voters were overwhelmed by worn out political phrases and clichés, with frequent use of déjà vu slogans and paroles.

Even though all political subjects promised to work on strategy to create new jobs, few have referred to the specific reforms to achieve such effects. During the TV debates and presentation of political candidates to the wider public, we could rarely notice political messages that promised change based on concrete actions.

Practical problems, such as administrative difficulties during business startup and lack of business friendly environment, are among the biggest obstacles to creating new jobs and attracting foreign investment to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political parties must present a thorough and realistic political program in order to improve the business environment and, immediately after elections, create an effective strategy for economic recovery of the country.

CPU urges political subjects to present concrete plans for addressing economic and social challenges, present at all levels of government, instead of making vague promises. Also, we appeal for rational political debates based on evidence, in contrast to present populist confrontation. All political subjects must strive to atmosphere of cooperation and dialogue, which will set the stage for fast assembly of coalition and therefore, much needed political stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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