By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade
“The whole world has praised the reforms in Serbia, International Monetary Fund, World Bank… but the praises are not essential, its rather that people can trust, for the first time, that Serbia will accomplish its promises”, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said adding that Labor law which has been adopted last week represents “the watershed between the Serbia of the past and Serbia of the future”.
The ruling majority supported the measures aimed to reduce public deficit and qualify for a three-year IMF stability loan. The law eases hiring and firing, allows longer fixed-term contracts and lowers severance payment. Trade Unions leaders have announced the initiative to challenge the law accusing premier that it has been made under the pressure of foreign employers in Serbia.
“In our country all the measures that mean something good for it are faced with rebuff. This is Serbia. Everything which is good has to be followed by protests and opposition. But regardless how strong we are, we have to do everything which is good for the future of Serbia”, Vucic underlined in the interview to “Blic” daily.
When asked when will the ordinary people feel the improvements in reality Vucic said it “cannot fall from the sky”. “During my expose I stated it will be in the end of 2016 or in the beginning of 2017. But we have to work more to achieve it. We are not going to improve our living standard because nobobody will give us anything; we have to carve it out. We have to work more. In that sense, I have said that Labor law is watershed for mentality change”, Vucic said.
He added that the government wants to protect the competition “rather than an individual incapable to do anything like it has been the case”. “It is unacceptable somebody to wait for the job for 12 years. Do something, found your own company, engage with the private business”, PM emphasized. Vucic said that the job in public sector has became a “dream” of the youth in Serbia. “We have to change such philosophy. The job in the private sector should become a dream”.