The Serbian budget contains enough money for a new set of announced economic measures, which include salary and pension raises, Finance Minister Sinisa Mali said on June 9.
"Inflation is around 10 or 11 percent this year, while the raises will be 24 percent. Inflation will not grow further, and the salary and pension increase is there to preserve the citizens' real income and raise their standard of living," Mali told public broadcaster RTS.
The pay raise in the public sector will, in his words, be 5.5 percent as of September, while in January next year there will be a 10 percent raise.
"Pensioners will get an early pension raise of 5.5 percent as of October and at least 14.5 percent as of January. In five years, pensions have gone up 55 percent," said Mali.
He added that the Finance Ministry was preparing a law on support to parents, so that children under the age of 16 could be paid RSD10,000 each as of September.
"We have also prepared 100,000 vouchers for travel in Serbia. The Sava (white) loaf is three dinars cheaper as of today. Those who are attacking Vucic want to take that money for themselves," said Mali.