Four months ahead of presidential, Belgrade, local and early general elections in Serbia in 2022, the Government decided on Thursday to treat the adult citizens with another 20 euros in December, thus meeting President Aleksandar Vucic’s promise made in July.
Vucic then told the Pink TV that adult citizens who earlier applied for state aid of a total of 60 euros and who should receive another 30 euros in November, would get an additional 20 euros in December as a gift from the state.
In late May and early June 2020, adult citizens received 100 euro each ahead of the general elections held on June 21, and Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) convincingly won the vote partly due to the main opposition parties’ boycott. The outcome led to almost a unanimous parliament and forced the regime to call early elections after 22 months.
“Adult citizens who did not initially apply for additional financial assistance of 30 + 30 euros (in dinar equivalent), as well as those who turned 18 years of age after April 24, 2021, when the Law came into force, can do so from 15 until November 30, 2021 “, the Government of Serbia announced, underlining that, in that way, it continues to provide assistance to citizens to overcome difficulties associated with the pandemic.
Earlier, Aleksandar Vucic promised that pensioners in Serbia will also receive a financial gift from the state in the amount of 100 euros. However, he failed to mention that, according to the special law that was in force between 2014 and 2018, all pensions above 25,000 dinars (212 euro at the current exchange rate) were reduced by ten percent to help the country’s fiscal consolidation.
(Danas, N1, 16.09.2021)
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