Stability, peace, economic recovery: the highlights of Vucic’s press conference

Maintaining peace and stability in Serbia is the most important goal in 2017, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said yesterday at his end-of-year press conference.

The year that is about to end was one of the most difficult and most uncertain for Europe and the world but, in spite of all that, Serbia managed to maintain full stability and peace, Vucic said at the annual press conference in the Serbian government building.

“Despite the uncertainty and numerous terror attacks, the economic disaster that hit individual EU countries – in some of which, like Italy, the public debt is at 133 pct of GDP – and in the wake of Brexit, we managed to maintain full stability and peace in the country,” Vucic said.

“We managed to achieve significant recovery and provide security and safety for our citizens,” Vucic said, adding that no one had expected the economy to achieve a 2.75 pct growth rate.

Vucic: I opened 32 factories in 2016, 16,000 jobs created

Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said he opened 32 factories in 2016 with 13,767 new jobs created, adding that about 16,000 workers in total had been hired thanks to government subsidies alone.

A large number of investors are coming to Serbia since we have made significant improvements to the business environment, Vucic noted at the annual press conference.

Serbia moved up 12 positions in the World Bank Doing Business list this year, becoming the world’s most improved nation after ranking 44th two years ago, the PM said.

By the end of next March, the average salary in Serbia will exceed 400 euros, Vucic also said.

“I hope the average salary will be about 500 euros by the end of the government’s term,” he said, adding that economic growth of over 3 pct was expected next year.

Vucic, Nikolic to propose joint presidential candidate around 15th February

Serbian PM and President Tomislav Nikolic will nominate a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential elections around 15th February.

“We will address the public together to seek, as responsible people, support for a joint candidate who we believe can guarantee good work in the future, joint work with the government and stability,” the PM said at an annual press conference, adding that he had had a long conversation with Nikolic on Wednesday.

When asked to comment on the Socialist Party of Serbia’s refusal to back Nikolic as a presidential candidate, Vucic, who is the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, said he would personally like to continue the good cooperation with the Socialists.

“You will have to ask them to see if they want the same or not,” the Serbian PM concluded.

(Tanjug, 29.12.2016)

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