"100,000 public sector workers to be laid off"
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has announced that "by the end of this government's mandate" there would be "100,000 fewer employees" in the public sector.
Those to be laid off are "partisan personnel or, in other words, non-productive workers," the prime minister said addressing MPs during the budget revision debate on Friday.
Speaking about the plans and what is already being done, he said that "tenders are being called, the road to Čačak will be finished in 2016, the eastern end of the Corridor 10 towards Bulgaria is being built."
The Belgrade Waterfront project will also start, Vučić said, adding it would increase GDP "in all of Serbia."
According to him, "the government does not do anything for itself but for the workers and citizens of Serbia, so they are better off." He pointed out that in order to implement reforms a society-wide consensus was necessary.
But - he then noted - reforms will be implemented "even if that consensus is not there."
Vučić reiterated that his government expects EUR 150 million from the public enterprises' profits, adding that he does not know the actual figure and mentioning in this respect "a serious problem in connection with Srbijagas, which is partly justified, but partly unjustified, given that entire cities and regions are not paying their bills."
"There are a number of companies that nobody is interested in buying and will have to go into liquidation. There are companies that have not worked for years for which there are interested parties and we are trying to find the best solution for those," he said, adding that his cabinet was "guided by the principle of fairness and opportunities for people to be able to survive."
He announced that he would meet with the chairman of the board of the U.S. company Esmark in London next week, "and I believe we will shake hands, which will mean the end of troubles for (Železara) Smederevo."
Vučić said earlier that Esmark was "one of the credible potential partners with whom the final status of the steelworks will be defined in the future."
Friday 24.10.2014 | 15:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The economic reforms that the Serbian government is introducing are "encouraging and the only way to establish a balance in Serbia's economy."
Friday 24.10.2014 | 12:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a EUR 200 million stand-by loan to Serbia's Deposit Insurance Agency.
Friday 24.10.2014 | 11:33 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The reason pensions will be cut more than public sector salaries is that those currently employed "have higher expenses," says Finance Minister Dušan Vujović.
Thursday 23.10.2014 | 17:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The economy will have to withstand the greatest burden of the EU accession talks, but it will derive benefits from the process, officials have said.
Thursday 23.10.2014 | 13:23 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Those Serbians who will soon have their salaries and pensions cut "should think of their sacrifice as they would of any investment."
Thursday 23.10.2014 | 09:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia wants to sign an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as soon as possible, Finance Minister Dušan Vujović said on Wednesday.
Wednesday 22.10.2014 | 12:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government on Wednesday adopted a set of bills aimed at ensuring financial stability of the country's economic system.
Tuesday 21.10.2014 | 15:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Representatives of education sector employees and Education Minister Srđan Verbić met on Tuesday in Belgrade but failed to resolve their differences.
Tuesday 21.10.2014 | 15:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić voiced the expectation on Tuesday that "even more German investors would come to Serbia."
Tuesday 21.10.2014 | 14:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Tuesday the 2015 state budget would be "prepared on time, like in previous years."
Monday 20.10.2014 | 11:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian dinar (RSD) dropped by 0.05 against the euro (EURO) on Monday, putting the middle exchange rate at RSD 119.5510 for one euro.
Friday 17.10.2014 | 11:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Executive Board of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) has voted to retain its key policy rate at 8.5 percent.
Monday 13.10.2014 | 16:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Consumer prices of products and services in Serbia rose by 0.7 percent in September relative to August this year.
Monday 13.10.2014 | 14:37 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia is moving toward the EU as its strategic objective, but will not impose sanctions against Russia "for a number of reasons," says Aleksandar Vučić.