The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia today supported with 154 votes the proposal of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and elected Sinisa Mali as new Minister of Finance, who up until now has served as mayor of Belgrade.
Newly-appointed Minister of Finance Siniša Mali took over the duty today from Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, who has been Acting Finance Minister since 16th May.
After taking an oath at the Serbian parliament, Siniša Mali took over the duty in accordance with the law and procedures, in the presence of a notary public.
The Prime Minister handed over to Siniša Mali a Report on the state of affairs at the Ministry and informed him about the organisation at the Ministry, the goals set and future obligations.
Sinisa Mali stated upon taking office that he will continue work on economic reforms and preserve fiscal discipline and underlined that he will work actively on accelerating economic growth and improving the business environment in Serbia.
He added that he is proud to be a member of Ana Brnabic’s team.
Brnabić said regarding her nomination of Mali for the position of Minister of Finance that she tried to explain in the best possible way, with concrete figures and evidence why her proposal is good, adding that she backed it up with economic indicators, but that she also understands that the opposition is reluctant to accept that.
I am sorry about that because it would be responsible and in the national interest to start accepting some figures. First of all, the results and successes that the Serbian government has not attributed to itself on its own, but objective, rather critical international partners and organisations, the Prime Minister said.
Brnabić cited part of the European Commission’s progress report on Serbia, which refers to economic indicators and which states that our country has made good economic progress, that the issue of the budget deficit has been solved, and that macroeconomic stability has been preserved.
She also assessed that the conditions on the labour market have been improved, and she urged Siniša Mali to continue to work in such a way as to maintain success and help the Serbian government team to make the citizens live better every day.