On Friday, 21 December at the Government of Serbia, an annual coordination meeting was organized between the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić and NALED management, discussing five strategic areas of cooperation between the Government and NALED in the upcoming year – countering shadow economy and tax burden, development of e-government and electronic business, resolving property issues and improving the planning and construction activities, development of agriculture and healthcare.
“The Government of Serbia will keep leading an open dialogue with businesses and associations such as NALED in order to reach the best solutions for economic growth and improvement of Serbia’s position in international competitiveness lists. The cooperation we’ve had so far has provided concrete results and we thank you for the support and initiatives. This is why we see NALED as a reliable partner in further implementation of reforms“ said the Prime Minister Brnabić, at the meeting attended by more than 30 domestic and foreign businesses, mayors and civil society representatives.
Today’s meeting announced the adoption of reviewed National Program with the Action plan for 2019, which includes the transformation of Tax Administration, stimulating entrepreneurship, expanding the scope of fiscalization, registry of non—tax charges and the development of software for inspection oversight.
The plans for 2019 also include the establishment of working and joint groups for drafting regulations relevant for creating a business friendly environment, during the first quarter of the year. For example, in the field of food and agriculture the focus will be the development of the new Law on Food Safety, in the field of e-Government it will deal with regulations governing cashless payments, while in the field of healthcare there will be a continued discussion between NALED, the Ministry of Health and RHIF regarding the debts of healthcare institutions and pharmacies.
Additionally, NALED should soon present recommendations from the first Grey Book of Healthcare. Among the most important recommendations refer to digitalization and optimization of procedures, while the first results are expected with the procedure for including medicines in the List of Medications, which would significantly reduce the number of steps and documents for both businesses and the RHIF (from 30 to 2 hours), and enable easier access to medicines for patients.
Since NALED’s Property and Urbanism Alliance is actively engaged in 5 out of 10 areas monitored by the World Bank, the event also presented recommendations such as the introduction of online auctions in the enforcement procedure, which would contribute to a better position in the Doing Business list and reduced corruption.
Discussing with the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, the President of NALED Managing Board Vladimir Novaković also reflected on the previous cooperation which gave concrete results for businesses and citizens.
„In 2018 we jointly initiated and largely realized the initiatives such as the reform of Cadaster, regulation of seasonal work, tax incentives for new businesses, and the development of regulatory framework for e-development“ - said Novaković.
He added that NALED and the Government agreed that line institutions should work more extensively on reducing the administrative and para-fiscal burden to businesses.