The free WiFi zone with wireless internet, earned by the citizens of the Municipality of Savski Venac in the prize game "Get the Receipt to Win 2018", was ceremonially opened today in the Manjež park in urban municipality of Savski Venac in Belgrade. This is the first out of three WiFi zones which were set up during the summer in the winning municipalities - under the categories of small, medium and large municipality the winners were Blace, Savski Venac and Vranje.
The WiFi “tree” is a prize ensured based on the donations from Telekom Serbia in cooperation with NALED. The tree ensures free internet within a radius of 150m, supporting the capacity of up to 300 simultaneous users, and it is also equipped with plugs for charging mobile phones and LED lighting.
The Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Branko Ružić congratulated the citizens of Savski Venac for their committed participation in the prize game and thanked them for their contribution in countering shadow economy.
- The partnership among businesses, the Government of Serbia, and our citizens is very important, and I am honored to take part in this initiative together with NALED and Telekom Serbia. For the Government of Serbia, it is very significant to see that the prize game contributed in raising awareness on the importance of countering shadow economy, which is very helpful in achieving our strategic goals – said Minister Ružić.
NALED Executive Director Violeta Jovanović stressed that the prize game Get the Receipt to Win has created a favorable atmosphere for the state to intensify its efforts towards countering shadow economy. She reminded about the most significant results of the National Program for Countering Shadow Economy achieved this year.
- The Government and Parliament adopted the reform law on work engagement of seasonal workers in agriculture and it is expected that the software for their registration will be initiated from 1 January. Major progress has also been made in the field of inspections oversight, and we thin the line Ministry should be praised for doing this important work. The e-inspector software is also being developed at the time, and there is also the tax exemption measure for new businesses which was launched on 1 October – said Jovanović.
Jovanović also added that the state is expected to adopt the revised National Program for Countering Shadow Economy, to be followed by 2020, and to include the task of developing an electronic registry of all fees and charges under the new Law on Fees, which would contribute in resolving the issue of para-fiscal charges which NALED has been working on over the past fove years.
Savski venac won the first place in the category of middle-sized municipalities, thus also earning 23,000 EUR intended for investing into a project of public importance, said the Mayor of Savski Venac Irena Vujović.
- The funds will be used for modernizing the children playground in Ljutice Bogdana street, and this project was selected through a survey by the majority of citizens. We will continue our joint work with the state and businesses in further strengthening the tax culture and creating a better and more responsible society - said Vujović.
According to a citizens survey conducted by IPSOS for the needs of NALED in May 2018, 41% of Serbia’s population took part in the prize game (24% personally, 17% through family members) which makes the prize game among the most successful in Europe.