BELGRADE – The pillars of the new government’s programme are “the economy and better living standards, full political stability, both in the country and in the region, reform of the judicial system, fighting corruption and crime, as well as better education and healthcare,” says Serbia’s Prime Minister-designate Aleksandar Vucic.

“Important years are ahead of us and economic growth will reach 2.3 percent this year. We will have the strength for that,” Vucic noted in an interview to the Diplomacy & Commerce magazine.

He said that the programme, which he has prepared, highlights the areas that require significant improvement to make Serbia a modern and organised country.

Asked how those objectives fit into the country’s broader agenda in terms of the EU integration process, Vucic responded that the Serbian government has no “parallel agendas”.

“There is only one existing agenda, with solid and precise goals to be achieved. This corresponds fully with our European path and the goals and standards we want to achieve. We want to have Serbia as a full-fledged member of the EU. More importantly, we want to ensure Serbian citizens live well and are decent citizens of Europe. This cannot be achieved if you either compromise on goals or change goals depending on the political agenda before and after the election campaign,” Vucic noted.

Asked about the new government’s priorities regarding improving the overall business climate in Serbia, Vucic said that “the main goals are supporting the development of entrepreneurship, decreasing the cost of fiscal and other levies for launching a business in Serbia, active employment measures, increasing the availability of financing sources and attracting major investors to come to Serbia in order to spur the industrialisation process in Serbia,” he said.

“On the World Bank’s Doing Business List 2016, Serbia moved up 32 places and we want to continue this trend. We will invest in the employment of highly educated workers, engineers and programmers, and we will work more on connecting foreign investors and the local economy through supply chains,” Vucic said.