Vucic announces new financial assistance measures and projections for 2022

At his end-of-the-year conference, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić stated that the state authorities have prepared a new measure to help Serbian citizens, aged 16 to 30, who will receive 100 euros on February 1 as one-off financial assistance.

Vučić added that health workers will also receive one-time assistance in the amount of 10,000 dinars on January 15 and that on February 10, all pensioners will receive the aid of 20,000 dinars.

“That is a great help for a total of about 2.9 million people,” he underlined.

First-time mothers are also eligible for new financial support. He reminded that, as of January 1, first-time mothers are eligible to receive 300,000 dinars from the state alone, not counting the financial support they get from local governments, instead of the previous 100,000 dinars.

In addition, they will receive one-off financial aid of 100,000 dinars for the second child plus 10,000 dinars a month until the child turns 2 years of age, as well as 100,000 dinars for the third child, plus a dinar equivalent of 100 euros per month until the child turns 10 years old. As for the fourth child, mothers will receive 150 euros a month until the child turns 10 years old.

Speaking about the economy, Vučić underlined that the country would end the year with a 7.5 percent GDP growth.

He added the public debt rate would be at 56.9 percent of the GDP’s 53 billion euros and predicted the following year’s GDP rise to „almost 58 billion euros.“

Vucic said the foreign direct investments would reach 3.6 billion euros and added Serbia had 16.5 billion euros in gross foreign exchange reserves or 13.9 billion net.

Vucic promised a minimum salary of 35,000 dinars (just above 300 euros), the rise in the public sector salaries between seven and eight percent and pensions 5.5 percent. He also said he expected that 14 billion euros would be spent on capital investments in Serbia by 2025.

After the economic summary, Vucic called on people to vote in the upcoming referendum on constitutional changes in the judiciary on January 16, adding it was not a party or political referendum.

“It is important for the future of the country because we have to tell ourselves – do we want to continue on the European path, but even more important – do we want to try to have an independent judiciary and an independent prosecutor’s office,” Vućić concluded.

(RTV, 29.12.2021);-dacemo-sve-od-sebe-da-srbija-ne-oseti-energetsku-krizu_1301472.html

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