“About 400 million euro will be spent on the construction of 50,000 flats for young couples,” said the Minister in charge of demographic policies, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic.
“Surely this is news that will be appreciated by all those who are planning on having a family of their own,” said Djukic Dejanovic on RTS TV, adding that that was one of the measures envisaged by the government’s new investment cycle.
According to the latest data from 2011, 60% of couples have not solved their housing problem, and it is estimated that the current situation has not changed significantly for the better.
The minister said that in 2019 the number of marriages increased by 0.8% and the number of newborns is also on the up.
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“It is true that, in the first five months of this year 835, more children were born than last year, but we should wait until the end of the year to see the annual numbers. It is also true that the number of marriages has increased by 0.8%, and this is also a favourable trend. So, we have good enough reason to think that, in the next period, providing that the current trend continues, the country’s demographic parameters will be better,” the Minister added.
Only six municipalities recorded higher birthrate – Presevo, Bujanovac, Novi Pazar, Tutin, Novi Sad and the municipality of Zvezdara, in the city of Belgrade.
“The birthrate in these municipalities is at the expected levels, but in other places, it is still below average. Serbia must work on encouraging young people to give more thought to expanding their families,” Djukic-Dejanovic concluded.
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