During its first 100 days, the Serbian government was too cautious, and the lack of political experience was clearly visible in PM Ana Brnabic’s actions, but the situation has become more stable.
Executive Director of CeSID, Bojan Klacar also says that a lack of political routine was clearly visible after the second interview that Ana Brnabic gave in her position of PM. The interview was for Bloomberg, and Brnabic readily handed over the transcript of the interview to the Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, before making it available to the Serbian government.
“After participating in talks to end the strike in Fiat, we could see that the Prime Minister had more confidence and that she was more in control which, in turn, improved the work done by the government. We could say that resolving the problems in Kragujevac was a U-turn for her”, Klacar adds.
Another positive development was the continuation of the European integration process. Although, at first glance, it seems that not much has been done, the negotiations have continued in a rather complicated situation.
In regard to negative developments, there was one thing that shook the government.
“We are talking about the scandal with Defence Minister, Aleksandar Vulin buying a fancy flat. The reactions from the prime minister and the government to this were tepid and ambiguous. They did not demonstrate determination”, Klacar says.
Another negative development was that the Serbian government transferred most of its authority and power to the Serbian president.
As far as the economy goes, 100 days is too short of a period to talk about any accomplishments. Economy expert, Ljubomir Madzar says that raising civil servant salaries is not a positive decision.
“Although I am a pensioner and I am expected to salute this decision because it will benefit me too, I don’t think that this is a particularly good move because we are still in the public debt crisis. External shocks can still jeopardize the stability of public finances. I think that the decision to raise the wages of civil servants was made to increase the government’s popularity rather than contribute to long-term stability”, Madzar adds.
He also commends the current Finance Minister, Dusan Vujovic calling him a “consummate professional” who did the best he could. “He (Vujovic) is flexible and agile, but that has its downsides too. He was not given an opportunity to show all he knows because he needs to stick to the orders of others. He is probably going to vote in favour of higher salaries for civil servants and higher pensions although I think that he, personally, doesn’t think that this is a good idea”, Madzar adds.
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