In her key note address at a session of the Assembly of Serbia, where she presented the makeup of the new government, Brnabic pointed out that Serbia has ceased to be a country that is experiencing historical defeats and has become a country that wins.
She pointed out that this government will have six goals, namely: the fight against COVID-19 and strengthening our health, preserving the vital interests of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, fighting organised crime and a comprehensive war against the mafia, preserving independence and independent decision-making Serbia, the rule of law and the acceleration of reforms on our European path and further economic strengthening of Serbia.
She said that it will be an absolute priority for this government to complete the health infrastructure projects that have been launched and start new ones and added that the correctness of investing in health infrastructure was shown when the whole world faced the coronavirus pandemic against which Serbia is fighting more successfully than the richer and more developed countries of the world.
According to her, the new government will continue to pursue a policy of protection of vital national interests, peace and cooperation when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija, with the aim of protecting our people, cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, but also peace and stability in the entire region.
In addition to these two serious challenges, we are facing a serious and difficult fight against organised crime – the mafia. The victory over organised crime will require the participation of all branches of government, and above all the judiciary.
We will provide full protection to all those involved in the fight against organised crime, and any police and financial inspector, prosecutor, judge, journalist or government official who is targeted by criminal gangs will be protected. Every citizen who helps in the fight against crime will be protected, Brnabic said.
She added that in addition to specific infrastructure projects, we must continue to change things in our country in order to continue further economic strengthening of Serbia, we must increase the overall productivity of our companies, which is currently relatively low compared to the EU average.
In terms of strengthening human capacities, one of the key priorities of the government of Serbia will remain education. From April next year, Serbia will have a unique education information system for the first time, the Prime Minister-designate emphasised.
In the coming period, we will additionally support the development of preschool education by increasing investments in kindergartens, equipping preschool institutions and supporting professional staff, and we have important tasks ahead of us – to introduce dual education at higher education institutions and complete a new education strategy.
In the mandate of this government, she pointed out, we must start the construction of the Biosens Institute in Novi Sad, an additional building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, complete the construction of the Research and Development Institute in Kragujevac and provide support to private initiatives to open research centres in Serbia.
It is extremely important that we work on improving the telecommunications infrastructure in Serbia. We must build "digital roads", ie ensure that every village and every household in Serbia has fast and quality internet.
We must also support companies engaged in research and development, register patents and engage in innovation, and analyse what additional support is needed for their further development.