BELGRADE – A salary and pension increase should be considered carefully, and this time next year – when the 2018 budget is to be established – could be the time to think about that, says Fiscal Council member Vladimir Vuckovic.

“The fiscal results have indeed been excellent this year, we have a fiscal deficit that needs to go down but, considering that reforms are progressing quite slowly, in particular in public and other non-privatised enterprises, we see a possibility of money leaking elsewhere,” Vuckovic said on a B92 TV talk show Wednesday.

To prevent “it all from collapsing”, the matter should be considered carefully, he said.