NALED releases the latest Gray Book with 21 recommendations for the government

The National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) has released its 14th Gray Book with 100 recommendations to the government and state institutions to reduce bureaucracy and improve business conditions in Serbia, 21 of which are new and 79 old, but updated and improved.

One of the recommendations is that the Ministry of Finance should expand the scope of taxation to include lawyers, taxi drivers, veterinarians and other sectors that are often not taxed, significantly reduce payroll tax and social contributions on lower salaries, and abolish the requirement for companies to submit proof of their transport costs.

It is also recommended that the Ministry of Finance should introduce additional criteria apart from the lowest price in public procurement procedures, introduce green public procurement, reduce the VAT rate on raw materials for drug production, allow the use of 100% tax credit based on investment in fixed assets, and regulate the expropriation procedure in accordance with EU practices.

Recommendations for the Ministry of Economy are, among others, to regulate the artisan sector, to establish a single electronic location for registration with the Serbian Business Registers Agency (APR), to ensure transparency of bankruptcy procedures and to abolish the mandatory registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.

Furthermore, NALED recommends that the Ministry of Health should integrate the systems of private and state health care providers, allow private health care institutions to use a single electronic health card, allow medical specialists to use the e-uput (e-prescription) service, and allow people who have never worked the right to state health insurance.

NALED recommends to the Ministry of Labor to regulate flexible forms of hiring workers, to more precisely regulate work outside the employer’s premises, to allow the employer to terminate employment due to severely compromised working relationships.

Recommendations for the Ministry of Agriculture include the implementation of an online register of farms and incentives (e-agrar), digitization and regulation of the way land books are kept, and improvement of the regulatory framework related to the development of organic production.

For the Ministry of the Environment, the recommendations are to establish a functional green fund, to regulate the extended responsibility of companies in managing their wastewaters, to establish a body responsible for the management of chemicals and to apply the polluter pays principle when charging the environmental protection fee.

(, 23.02.2022)



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