Serbian MPs conclude debate on 2013 budget
The Serbian parliament on Friday in Belgrade concluded its debate on amendments submitted to the draft state budget for 2013.Source: Beta
MPs will vote on the bill on Saturday morning, it has been decided.
Around 120 amendments to the draft budget have been submitted.
The opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) has submitted the most amendments – around 60. Some of them include better control of funds for the financing of Vojvodina and more funds for the Office for Kosovo.
The MPs on Thursday mostly discussed Vojvodina’s financing and Finance and Economy Minister Mlađan Dinkić stressed that the government had secured RSD 15mn more for Vojvodina compared to the last year’s budget.
According to the draft budget, total revenue will be RSD 965.7bn and expenditures RSD 1.087bn, while the deficit would be RSD RSD 121.9bn or 3.3 percent of GDP.
The ruling majority will support the draft while opposition MPs say they will not vote for the budget because it is “unrealistic” and because “it will make the lives of citizens significantly harder”.