Higher salaries for Vucic and MPs – How much are Balkan presidents paid?

The President of the Administrative Board, Milenko Jovanov, reminded the members of the National Parliament of Law on the Budget which stipulates that budget the salaries of budget beneficiaries (which includes MPs) should go up by 12.5 percent from January of this year.

Member of the parliament from Ujedinjeni group, Janko Veselinović, noted that ministers in Serbia have relatively low salaries, adding that even some state secretaries have higher salaries than ministers.

The head of Dveri Movement, Boško Obradović, said we should compare the salaries of our MPs, ministers and presidents to European ones, adding that earlier research showed that Serbian MPs have the lowest salaries in the region, and then in Europe. He believes that the salaries of state officials have not gone up because, politicians are afraid of how this would affect their ratings, calling that hypocrisy.

He also says that it is “not normal” for the state president to have a salary of around 130,000 dinars, considering that the lower the salary, the higher the corruption. 

The head of the parliamentary caucus of the People’s Party, Miroslav Aleksić, notes that with the increase, the president will have a salary of 150,000 dinars, which, he says, is lower than the salaries of directors of certain public enterprises, agencies, and independent bodies.

“No one can convince me that this is not demagoguery,” said Aleksić and added that, for example, the director of the Post Office has a salary of about 500,000 dinars, the Ombudsman about 400,000 dinars, the director of the State Statistics Office 440,000.

Although his salary was increased yesterday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić will still receive the lowest salary of all his regional counterparts, and it will amount to around 170,000 dinars (around 1,440 euros) per month.

The President of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar, has the highest salary of all country presidents in this part of Europe – 3,322 euros per month, and the President of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, is paid 3,000 euros. President of Albania receives 2,208 euros, the president of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, 2,420 euros, the president of North Macedonia 1,500 euros, the president of Kosovo, 2,040 euros, while members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency receive 2,922 euros each.

(021.rs, 19.01.2023)





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