When asked at a press conference to single out government ministers with whose work she is satisfied, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić refused to divulge names.
Commenting on the recordings that have been publicly released that show Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Tomislav Momirović, insulting and threatening road workers and directors of public companies engaged in constructing the Belgrade ring road, she said:
“Unlike people who have been accusing Momirović (of inappropriate behaviour), what I saw in that video clip is a government minister who wants the roads be completed as soon as possible, for the construction not be delayed and for deadlines to be respected. We can talk about whether he used appropriate words or not, but, ultimately, what I saw is his desire not to put off doing things for another day. People evaluate us by our results, not by the vocabulary we use.”
Brnabić gave full support to Minister Momirović to continue trying to enforce the deadlines, to personally visit the construction sites as much as possible and to talk to the people, albeit by using a more appropriate vocabulary.
When asked how he felt when, together with other workers, the Minister called him out for the delays, Zoran Drobnjak, director of the public company Putevi Srbije (Roads of Serbia), said that he was not too sensitive, that he understood the Minister’s nervousness and that he will try to complete the works as soon as possible.
(Vecernje Novosti, 25.02.2021)
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