PRIME MINISTER Ana Brnabić stated today that the GDP will exceed 52 billion euros for the first time this year, estimating that this is a historic success.
At the session of the Serbian Parliament, at which she explained the Draft Budget for 2022 with the members of the Government of Serbia, Brnabić also referred to the results in the previous two years, saying that the inflow of foreign investments in the first 10 months of this year amounted to three billion and 140 million euros. which is 63 percent more than last year.
She added that Serbia managed to provide more than eight billion euros within three economic packages of assistance to citizens and the economy during the pandemic.
– Believe it or not, one small, until yesterday economically weak Serbia, as a result of fiscal consolidation measures since 2014, managed to be stable and to allocate eight billion euros for the economy and citizens in the most difficult times – said the Prime Minister.
She pointed out that the budget for 2022 is based on everything that Serbia has done so far and that growth and development continues.
She reminded that the economic decline in 2020 was 0.9 percent, which was one of the best results in Europe, that this year there was a recovery and that growth will go above seven percent, and that next year growth of 4 percent is expected. , 5 percent.
– In the most difficult years since the Second World War, we will have cumulative growth, which is certainly the highest in Europe, and it will be over 10 percent – said Brnabić.
The Prime Minister of Serbia reminded that Serbia, not only kept the existing jobs during the pandemic, but, she says, created another 60,000 jobs during the previous year.
According to her, Serbia is on the way to reaching the goal that the average salary by 2025 will be 900 euros, and the average pension between 430 and 440 euros.
– We believe that by the end of this year, we will surpass one member state of the European Union in terms of average salaries. That will mean that as a country we compete in another category, with much richer societies – Brnabić noticed.
The budget proposal further improves the quality of life
Prime Minister Ana Brnabić stated today that the Draft Budget for 2022 will, without any doubt, further improve the quality of life of citizens.
Brnabic said in the Assembly of Serbia that the planned total budget revenues are in the amount of 1.517 billion dinars, and expenditures 1.717 billion dinars.
According to her, tax revenues amount to 86.9 percent, ie 1,317.9 billion dinars, and non-tax revenues 11.6 percent, ie 175.7 billion dinars, while donations make up 1.5 percent of total revenues, ie 23.4 billion dinars. .
Brnabic said that the projected deficit for next year is three percent, and that the public debt will fall to 53.8 percent of GDP.
– We are reducing both public debt and deficit. Our medium-term plan is to reduce the general government deficit to one percent by 2024 – said Brnabić.
She noted that the Fiscal Council gave a “never better” assessment of the budget proposal, which he said was carefully planned, and that fiscal developments could be even better than anticipated.
– The Fiscal Council even says that the increase in salaries in the public sector is conservative and keeps the budget stable – said Brnabić.
The Prime Minister said that the non-taxable part of the gross salary was increased from 18,300 dinars to 19,300 dinars, while at the same time reducing the rate of contributions for disability pension insurance at the expense of employers by 0.5 percent.
When it comes to allocations for certain areas, she stated that 442 billion dinars are planned for health care, which is 0.15 percent more than in the second budget revision for 2021, and compared to 2019, it is higher by as much as 153 billion dinars.
– There is no part of Serbia that we have forgotten – said the Prime Minister, who announced in detail the continuation of the started projects in hospitals, clinical-hospital centers and health centers.
She pointed out that 27.4 billion dinars were planned for the protection of the environment, of which part was through the line ministry, and part through the Ministry of Construction.
Brnabić announced the construction of sanitary landfills in 28 local self-governments, the construction of a sewerage network, a factory for wastewater treatment, afforestation projects and more.
Larger funds are also allocated for education, Brnabić said, stating that it is about 253 billion dinars, which is an increase of 12 billion dinars in relation to the second rebalance.
– In 2022, it is planned to complete the digitalization of our schools – said Brnabić and pointed out that additional funds will be allocated for science and technology parks.
According to her, the budget for culture is larger and amounts to 14.8 billion dinars, as well as for agriculture, pointing out that, among other things, subsidies for farmers have been increased.
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