Minister Mali: ‘At worst we have enough gas for two months’

Finance Minister Siniša Mali said today that Serbia has about 670 million cubic metres of natural gas reserves, enough to meet all the country’s energy needs for two months.

“We have stored 380 million cubic metres of gas in Hungary and with the gas in Banatski Dvor, where we have 290 million cubic metres we would have enough for two months if the gas supply is completely cut off,” he said and added: “We can take 6 million cubic metres a day from Hungary and 4 million from Banatski Dvor,” Mali pointed out as a guest on Prva TV.

Mali added that Hungary has more gas deposits and recalled that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the country will help Serbia if it needs more gas and that Serbia will help Hungary if it needs help in other matters, saying that it is very important that the countries in the region help each other in this

Speaking about the country’s financial situation, Minister Mali said that the Serbian state budget had a surplus of 500 million dinars in the period from January to August 2022.

Meanwhile, according to data from the Ministry of Finance, Serbia’s public debt amounted to EUR 32.24 billion at the end of August 2022, or 53.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The public debt is nominally EUR 790 million higher than the previous month, when it amounted to EUR 31.45 billion, and its share in GDP increased by 1.3 percentage points from 52.1 per cent in July.

At the end of 2021, Serbia’s public debt amounted to EUR 30.13 billion, or 56.5 per cent of GDP, according to Ministry of Finance data.

(Dnevnik, 05.10.2022)

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