Serbian ministers seem not to be touched by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic since the Government has increased their salaries and fees for board membership by 40 percent, the Nova.rs website reported on Tuesday.
The website earlier analysis showed that ministers’ wages were increased between 10 and 30 percent on average in 2020, while the current Interior and former Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin held a record of 140 percent salary increase following the change of the post.
His previous salary was some 780 euro a month, while when he was moved to head the Interior Ministry, his wage moved to about 1.900 euro, Nova.rs said.
Vucic’s salary is equivalent of 1.300 euro, while Prime Minister Ana Brnabic gets 1.090 euro a month. The website added that government ministers’ salaries are about 850 euro and above.
Besides, some cabinet members earn more on the account of their membership in different public companies’ boards of directors, such as the Development Fund (such as government ministers Andjelka Atanaskovic, Tomislav Momirovic, Irena Vujovic, Tatjana Matic, Darija Kisic, Branislav Nedimovic and Sinisa Mali.) Its Managing Board’s include almost half of the government ministers. Up until 2020, they received between 42,000 and 44,000 dinars a month as members of the Development Fund’s Council.
The Minister of Culture, Maja Gojkovic, gets about 65,000 dinars, in addition to her salary as a parliamentarian, for being the chairperson of the board of the Directorate for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Security of Serbia. For example, Minister of Justice Maja Popovic receives an additional salary for being a member of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Council of State Prosecutors.
The website recalled President Aleksandar Vucic’s announcement that the salaries in the public sector in 2020 would be up by 3.5 percent at the most. But the percentage was not the same for the government members whose wages went up to 30 percent.
The exception is Zorana Mihajlovic, the Energy Minister, who isn’t a member of any company’s board and doesn’t receive a salary from the budget.
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