Speaking at a press conference at the Palace of Serbia, Brnabic said that the greatest challenges with which the government was faced are the coronavirus pandemic that is still ongoing, instability caused by provocations by Pristina and the attacks on Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, but also an unexpected energy crisis, which represents an additional blow to the economy.
Despite all that, I am satisfied with the results, and I think citizens should also be satisfied because we preserved economic stability and jobs, the Prime Minister underlined.
As opposed to other countries around the world, we didn’t have a growing unemployment, on the contrary, employment has increased, we have a higher inflow of foreign investments, growth of salaries and pensions, and we have continued with infrastructure projects.
Economic results are better than expected and this has been confirmed by the IMF, World Bank, the EU, as well as in the European Commission’s Report, Brnabic underlined.
Speaking about the coronavirus pandemic, she said that it was expected that it would diminish in 2019, but that didn’t happen.
However, there is a big difference when it comes to the pandemic in relation to last year and that is that now we have coronavirus vaccines.
In parallel with COVID-19 pandemic, energy crisis started, which no one expected and which represents a blow to the world economy, and naturally, it poured over to us too, she stated.
Noting that the government was also faced with instability caused by actions of interim institutions in Pristina, Brnabic said that a lot of energy has been spent on constant provocations and attacks on Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.
According to her, in facing the problems related to the southern Serbian province, the Serbian government has had huge help and support from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
Summarising the past year of the government’s work, Brnabic underlined that there are four main issues, and these are – the functioning of the health system due to the current coronavirus pandemic, fight against organised crime, European integration and reforms in the field of the rule of law, as well as the economy.