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The EBRD Business Advisory Services (BAS) activities support economic transition by both achieving enterprise change in potentially viable micro, small and medium sized enterprises and developing sustainable infrastructures of business advisory services in the EBRD countries of operation.

BAS intervention is systemic in that it targets a market system by acting as a facilitator for the use of private sector consultants by MSMEs to obtain a diverse array of services. BAS operations are on both the demand and the supply sides. On the one hand, they stimulate demand by raising the understanding of MSMEs of the potential benefits of using external consultants. On the other, they directly increase the supply and quality of local advisory services.

BAS activities include assisting individual enterprises to engage with local consultants on narrowly-based, specific projects with a rapid payback. BAS supported projects typically last around four months. Additionally, market development activities are carried out under BAS, such as MSME and consultancy training, support to, and development of, existing relevant local institutions, visibility and dissemination, and informed contributions to EBRD policy dialogue.

In February 2012 EU finalized the IPA project “Support to implementation of IPPC Directive in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. One of the project components was drafting the forms of new applications and permits for integrated pollution prevention control.

In addition, there was prepared a draft of new Regulation of plants and facilities that cannot be build nor put into operation if nor possessing environmental permit. In accordance with that new regulation there will be three categories of the plants. Two categories (A and B) are in jurisdiction of entity MoEs and one category is on cantonal (FBiH) or municipal (RS) level. Plants of category A are IPPC plants in accordance with the Annex 1 of IPPC/IE Directive, which are obliged to implement BATs required by their environmental permits. Plants of category B have lower installed capacities and do not require BAT application.

At present, Bosnian industry and consultants do not possess the level of skills and knowledge that would allow successful introduction of IPPC/IE Directive. In order to introduce and build the capacities of local Consultants to get familiar with the new standards and to assist industry in an optimal way BAS will organize a training course (the “Training”) for environmental consultants and representatives of ministries working on permitting, along with the representatives of the environmental fund.

The Training was primarily targeted to local environmental consultants who are assisting SMEs in development of documentation necessary for environmental permit, i.e. Environmental impact studies and Compliance plans. In order to be able to develop environmental impact studies, consulting companies must be authorized by the responsible MoE to perform this kind of activity. Currently, there is a reauthorization process within the Federal MoE with more stringent demands.

The Training was implemented by REIC (Regional Education and Information Centre for Sustainable Development in South-East Europe) from Bosnia and Herzegovina. REIC is non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 2005. Located in Sarajevo, REIC was launched as integral part of the regional training project scheme (EESD - Environmental Education for sustainable development) for the Adriatic-Ionian basin.

The training was coordinated by Ms. Andrea Muharemović from REIC and implemented by three regional environmental experts (Ms. Gabrijela Kovačić from Croatia, Mr. Boško Nikov from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Mr. Đorđe Stefanović from Bosnia and Herezgovina). The Training was implemented through an intensive two-day course on 13.03. and 14.03.2013 in hotel Sarajevo in Sarajevo. Number of participants in the training, along with the REIC staff was 30.