Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Measures to be discussed, main agreement reached

6/17/2013 5:02:00 PM

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic stated that the ruling coalition reached a principled agreement on anti-crisis measures and that the meeting late on Sunday was not crucial, which is why the topic would be discussed on Monday as well. Addressing reporters in the Serbian government building, Dacic said that the implemented measures would primarily focus on reduction of expenditures, which entails a tight budget for all ministries, but he could not specify the savings which will have to be made in the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
 Every ministry has its own specific room for cuts in expenditures and final negotiations are being carried out concerning this point, Dacic said and added the document should be filed to the government for adoption as soon as the budget review projection is drawn up, and afterwards it would be submitted to the parliament as well. He also underscored that there will be no problems in the payment of salaries, pensions and other costs, and reiterated that the payments will not be frozen, but their growth in 2014 will be adjusted to the existing economic situation and possibilities. 

 This means that salaries and pensions may not grow as much as is expected but they would not be frozen or reduced, the prime minister said. According to him, working groups have been set up which should put forth a concept for public sector reform, not just in terms of administration but also in connection to public enterprises and other areas within the sector, in order to see which of the costs can be covered by tax-payers.

 Dacic said that the government will guard its political and economic stability and that Serbia is not facing bankruptcy. Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic (illustration)

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