Serbia is making little progress on the scale of economic freedoms due to lack of rule oflaw and that is an old story, but in vain because the government does not want to improve bad and often contradictory regulations in the field of business, because it is not in its interest and could hit disobedient, he said today economist Ljubomir Madzar.
On the occasion of the publication of the Fraser Institute’s report on the Index of Economic Freedoms in Serbia, which advanced from 74th to 72nd place on the list of 165 countries in the world, he said that the domestic professional public and international institutions have been warning the government for years to do nothing to improve the business environment. .
“I agree with the assessments made in the report on the Index of Economic Freedoms, but the governing structure is not motivated and has no interest in improving bad, often contradictory regulations, even to the warnings of the domestic and international professional public,” Magyar told Beta.
In the Index of Economic Freedoms, Serbia is poorly evaluated in the area of the rule of law, which is said to be the cornerstone of a market economy, and especially the independence of the judiciary, impartiality in court proceedings, respect for property rights and execution of contracts due to slow and expensive court procedures. . Progress on the two-seat list has been made, as noted, thanks to the privatization of several smaller banks.
Magar said that in Serbia, as a precondition for democracy, there is no division between the legislature, the judiciary and the executive, but that “everything is under the command of one center”.
“The legislature, the judiciary and the executive have merged into one that pressures and suffocates the rest of society,” said Magyar.
He added that in Serbia, the electorate does not control the government, as is the case in most countries of the world, but that the government controls the electorate.
“Serbia is a weak, disorganized society with a destroyed opposition and a strong ruling party of 750,000 members, which, in addition to widespread corruption, has the power to blackmail the rest of society,” said Magyar.
He pointed out that “one man keeps everything under control and that he is the source of many troubles”.
“Our president (Aleksandar Vučić) refers to Article 115 of the Constitution when he claims that citizens cannot be vaccinated against coronavirus against their will, and as president who is prohibited by the same Constitution from other public office, he can also be the president of the strongest party,” he said. is Hungarian.
He said that the ruling party controls a large part of the economic capacities and blackmails during employment, asking for political and party support.
The Hungarian estimated that the ruling party, if it did not control public companies in the first place, would not have so many votes in the elections.
“Through research, the Fiscal Council came to the conclusion that Serbia is losing a third of its annual economic growth due to corruption and lack of the rule of law. Such a business environment is a source of uncertainty and obstacles in doing business,” said Magyar.