At yesterday’s session in Sarajevo, the FB&H government identified to the FB&H Parliament through a summary procedure four draft laws that would establish municipalities Tuzla, Zenica, Bihać and Široki Brijeg as cities.
These cities are, in accordance with new law, the legal successors of the current districts and assume their responsibilities, rights, obligations and assets.
The territory of these new cities in the FB&H make up all the places that, according to the records of the FB&H Statistics Agency, are located within the municipalities of Tuzla, Zenica, Bihać and Široki Brijeg on the date of the entry into force of the Law.
The cities are units of local self-government and have the status of a legal entity. Their self-governing bodies are city councils and mayors who work out of their jurisdiction in accordance with the FB&H Constitution, laws and city statutes. The number of members of the city councils is established with statutes, and councilors are elected by direct secret ballot.
Mayors, as the executive bodies of the cites, are elected in accordance with the Law on Election, the termination of the mandate, the recall and replacement of the mayors of the municipalities in the FB&H.
The municipal administrative bodies and administrative organizations, professional and other services and the rest of the municipal bodies continue to operate as city authorities and services, and public companies and public institutions, founded by municipalities Tuzla, Zenica, Bihać and Široki Brijeg, and will operate as a public company and institutions.
The draft bill asserts that Tuzla, Zenica, Bihać and Široki Brijeg meet all the legal requirements to be established as cities.