Excessive salaries of Serbian officials

Serbian government officials have an average salary of around €1,000 per month, but some deviate significantly from this figure.

A Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) official and CEO of public enterprise Srbijagas, Dusan Bajatovic holds the record among Serbian politicians in terms of salaries, whose monthly income exceeds 20,000 euro.

Also, members of the board of directors of the oil company NIS and top executives from the National Bank of Serbia are also highly-ranked when it comes to salaries they receive.

Dusan Bajatovic has been the highest-paid politician in Serbia for years. Although his salary as the CEO of Srbijagas (the national gas supplier) is “only” 163,337 dinars, due to the numerous functions he holds he receives another 2,385,244 dinars each month. This is 40 times the average monthly salary in Serbia.

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In addition, he has the highest income as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Yugorosgas Company, from which he gets up to 1,601,802 dinars a month. Plus, he gets 591,419 dinars per month as remuneration as chairman of the Banatski Dvor underground gas storage. Despite the millions in his account, Bajatovic also still gets 28,686 dinars a month as a member of the National Parliament.

In addition, in 2017 and 2018, Bajatovic received annual bonuses from the Banatski Dvor company in the amount of 7.1 million dinars.

Two years ago, the Ministry of Finance awarded him the sum of 8,546,193 dinars on the account of paying more than necessary towards the salary tax and contributions.

The members of the board of directors of Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS), who are appointed as representatives of the state, also have very high salaries by Serbian standards.

Danica Draskovic, wife of SPO leader Vuk Draskovic, retired since 1996, has been in this position for six years.

Draskovic earns 771,000 dinars per month as a member of the Board of Directors, and her pension is 40,000 dinars.

In September 2019, Dragutin Matanovic, who is an advisor to President Aleksandar Vučić, was also admitted to the board of directors of NIS. The website of the Anti-Corruption Agency states that his monthly salary is 6,670 Euros, or about 784,700 dinars.

Matanović stated that he was appointed as the State representative to the NIS Administrative Board and when asked if he would continue to work as Vucic’s adviser, he declined to answer.

His biography, published on the NIS website, does not show that he holds a function in a political office. The CV states that he worked as an electronics engineer in the development department of the company Lola Computers, of which he was also the director.

Dejan Radenkovic, an official of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), also serves as a member of the board of directors of NIS and earns about 700,000 dinars.

Radenkovic is also a member of the Serbian National Parliament, and is paid a lump sum of approximately 27,000 dinars as such, and is a member of the committee for monitoring activities at the MTS Bank for which he is paid 65,000 dinars a month.

(Nova.rs, 02.06.2020)


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