As one of the results of the implementation of e-governance, as of today, companies in Serbia are no longer required by law to use seals/stamps, while first-time entrepreneurs will be exempt from paying taxes in their first year of operations.
These two achievements were presented at the exhibition “Administration without Excess Paper”, staged at the National Museum, that was officially opened by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
At the exhibition, she underlined that in terms of the competitiveness of the Serbian economy, which depends on the competitiveness of the society, jobs, salaries, etc., it is important to be more efficient, faster, more transparent, and that is why e-government is one of the first priorities.
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Brnabic also expressed hope that the Serbian government will submit a draft law on electronic archives to the National Parliament by the end of the year.
She said the state administration will continue to use seals for some time but added that the important thing is that businesses were freed from that burden, in line with the Company Law which stipulates that no-one can impose the obligation of using seals on companies and that there is no regulation that justifies that.
E-governance is important for competitiveness and is a priority of the Serbian government, Brnabic added.
The Prime Minister also called on businesses to report anyone who still insists on the use of company seal to a specially set up e-mail address and announced the establishment of a call centre as of November 1st
Brnabic further said that start-up businesses (entrepreneurs and employers with a staff of up to 9 people) will be exempt from paying taxes on salaries and social security contributions during their first year of operations.
The British Ambassador to Serbia, Dennis Keefe said that the UK embassy in Serbia and the UK government contributed to the development of e-administration in Serbia, adding that projects worth 12.5 million euro were approved for funding through a special fund.
The British Ambassador also said that state institutions have up to 20 million pages of documents and that the costs associated with the management of these documents are one million euro, plus about 100,000 euro is needed for their maintenance and storage.
He also pointed out that the United Kingdom has allocated 5.2 million euro for the development of e-government in Serbia, which makes it the largest international donor in the field.
“Our common goal is to create a transparent, efficient public administration in the service of citizens and the economy while saving time and money”, said the British ambassador.
Head of NALED’s eGovernment Association, Željko Tomić pointed out that the European Commission survey showed that 95 per cent of activities that citizens and businesses do between themselves and before state authorities do not require a physical presence of a state clerk, which is why e-government is the best solution since it is based on exchange of data, not documents.
The exhibition of the seals, from the 19th century to date, at the National Museum, is staged to symbolically mark the fact that seals are now a part of history in Serbia.
(Nova Ekonomija, 01.10.2018)
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