Ten measures for progress in Serbia

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Zoran Zivkovic, and the Serbian Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr. Djelic, coordinated and defined the following ten specific measures aimed at assuring progress to Serbia for the 2004 horizon.

1.Evaluate, by the end of October 2003, the work and the achievements of all the ministers, heads of public administration authorities, directors of all public services and public companies, and consequently, make all the necessary changes of the personnel structure. The evaluation criteria will be the personal integrity and the realized work achievements. A special Committee composed of the DOS political leaders and other independent persons shall carry out the evaluation process.

2.Adopt a packet of anti-corruption related laws by the end of November 2003, including the Law on Preventing Conflict of Interest, the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency, The Code of professional conduct for all the public administration personnel, and establish a detailed registry of all the property owned by the concerned state officials and public administration personnel.

3.Analyze, by the end of October 2003, through the framework of a mixed committee (representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Republic Public Attorney’s Office, and the National Bank of Serbia), the current proceeding status of all criminal charges brought between October 2000 and today, and suggest appropriate further measures to be taken.

4.Resolve, by the end of the year 2003 all the remaining property structure problems (especially concerning the following companies: «Mobtel», «DDOR Novi Sad» and «Galenika»), by maximizing the interest of the State.

5.Prepare, a detailed plan for the initiation, in autumn 2004, of negotiations on the stabilization and association with the European Union.

6.Allocate, in the current of 2004 at least 20 Billion dinars of the public expenditures, and attract 300 million euros of concession credits, into the infrastructure and the exportations stimulation measures, through the appropriate funds realized through the privatization process, realized economies and the reorientation of the existing programs. These resources should be used for the mobilization of new sources (banks, investors) through the creation of special investment funds (e.g. tourism sector).

7.Increase the exportation by one billion dollars in the current of 2004 by assuring and financing (through the bank and public funds sources) the profitable project of the already confirmed exporters. Identify and then visit, during the next six months, the head representatives of 50 of the most perspective potential foreign investors, and offer their companies to enter into the program “Serbia 2004”.

8.Elaborate the operations plan for the improvement of the citizens’ every day life, at the level of each county, by the end of the year 2003. Identify the priority projects that could be finalized in the current of 2004. Appoint a minister, competent and responsible for each particular county, supervising through the newly created Agency for the local authority development.

9.Through the framework of a “National Competition” that shall be organized in the current of 2004 should be identified and bank co-financed 100 best projects for the development of small and mid sized companies. In the same way, through the national competition, identify “a 100 future leaders of Serbia” from various domains of activity (economy, art, science, sports, etc.).

10.Exploit the occasion of the bicentenary of the modern Serbian state, to initiate a large-scale public debate on the issues of the identity and national affiliations, as well as on the issues of the future national priorities. Erect, by the end of 2004 a culture related building that would symbolize the beginning of our country’s third century.