Friday, 20 October 2023

38th Sitting of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending

At the sitting held on 20 October 2023, the members of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending considered the following:


  1. Republic of Serbia 2024 Budget Bill, with its accompanying Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic Pension and Disability Insurance Fund 2024 Financial Plan, Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic Health Insurance Fund 2024 Financial Plan, Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Fund for Social Insurance of Military Insured 2024 Financial Plan and the Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the National Employment Service 2024 Financial Plan
  2. Bill amending and modifying the Budget System Law
  3. Bill on the Republic of Serbia 2022 Budget Final Financial Statement
  4. Bill amending and modifying the Law on the Fees for the Use of Public Goods
  5. Bill Granting Guarantee by the Republic of Serbia in favour of Postal Savings Bank, joint-stock company, Belgrade under the debt of “Serbia Cargo” Railway Cargo Transport joint-stock company, Belgrade,
  6. Bill on Special Procedures for the Realisation of International Specialised Exhibition EXPO BELGRADE 2027
  7. Bill on the indebtedness of the Republic of Serbia with UniCredit Banka Srbija a.d. Beograd for the financing of the Line Infrastructure Construction Project for the Development of a New Area within the Construction on the National Football Stadium with Accompanying Facilities on the Territory of the City Municipality of Surcin in Belgrade
  8. Bill on the indebtedness of the Republic of Serbia with Postal Savings Bank, joint-stock company, Belgrade for the financing of the Line Infrastructure Construction Project for the Development of a New Area within the Construction on the National Football Stadium with Accompanying Facilities on the Territory of the City Municipality of Surcin in Belgrade
  9. Bill amending and modifying the Law on Public Procurement
  10. Bill amending and modifying the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism
  11. Bill amending the Property Tax Law
  12. Bill amending the Law on Contributions for Mandatory Social Insurance
  13. Bill amending the Personal Income Tax Law
  14. Bill amending the Law on Taxes for the Use, Possession and Carrying of Goods
  15. Bill amending and modifying the Law on Electronic Invoicing
  16. Bill amending and modifying the Law on Republic Administrative Fees
  17. Bill amending and modifying the Law on Tobacco
  18. Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Decision amending the Republic Pension and Disability Insurance Fund 2023 Financial Plan
  19. Bill on the indebtedness of the Republic of Serbia with NLB KOMERCIJALNA BANKA AS BEOGRAD for the financing of the Kragujevac Roundabout Construction Project
  20. Bill on Granting the Guarantee of the Republic of Serbia in favour of KfW, Frankfurt Am Main for the Borrowing of Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) joint-stock company, Belgrade (Acceleration Program for Renewable Energies in Serbia (APRES), Phase I)
  21. Bill on the Confirmation of the Credit Facility Agreement N°CRS1033 01 C between Agence Française de Developpement as the Lender and the Republic of Serbia as the Borrower
  22. Bill on the Confirmation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Serbia on the participation of the Republic of Serbia in ‘Customs’, the Union programme for cooperation in the field of customs
  23. Bill on the Confirmation of the First Credit Specific Agreement N°CRS1025 01 D for the financing of the Serbia Green Agenda Programmatic Development Policy Operation between the Republic of Serbia and Agence Française de Developpement
  24. Bill on the Confirmation of the Framework Agreement N°CRS1025 on Credit Facilities for the financing of the Serbia Green Agenda Programmatic Development Policy Operation Dated as of 26 June 2023 between Agence Française de Developpement as the Lender and the Republic of Serbia as the Borrower
  25. Bill on the Confirmation of the Framework Loan Agreement LD 2147 (2023) between the Council of Europe Development Bank and the Republic of Serbia - BIO4 Campus Project Loan
  26. Bill on the Confirmation of the up to €700,000,000 MIGA Facility Agreement between the Republic of Serbia represented by the Government of the Republic of Serbia acting by and through the Ministry of Finance as Borrower and J.P. Morgan SE as Agent and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch as Initial Mandated Lead Arranger and Banco Santander, S.A. New York Branch, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and ING Bank, a branch of ING-DiBa AG as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Certain Other Financial Institutions as Original Lenders relating to a senior unsecured term loan facility to finance the provision of certain construction services by Bechtel Enka UK Limited, operating in Serbia through Bechtel Enka UK Limited Belgrade Branch to Koridori Srbije d.o.o. Beograd in relation to the construction of the Infrastructure Corridor E-761 highway section Pojate-Preljina (the Morava Corridor)
  27. Bill on the Confirmation of the Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Swiss Federal Council on the amendment of the Agreement between the Council of Ministers of Serbia and Montenegro and the Swiss Federal Council on Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and Property
  28. Bill on the Confirmation of the Guarantee Agreement (Srbija Voz Regional Depots) between the Republic of Serbia and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  29. Bill on the Confirmation of the Loan Agreement (Serbian Climate Resilience and Irrigation Programme – Phase I and II) between the Republic of Serbia and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Operation Number 50848 and 53169
  30. Bill on the Confirmation of the Financial Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of France on Cooperation in the Field of Financing the Introduction of General Automation of the Power Distribution Network Management in the Republic of Serbia
  31. Bill on the Confirmation of the Road Rehabilitation and Safety B Finance Contract between the Republic of Serbia and the European Investment Bank
  32. Bill on the Confirmation of the Loan Agreement (Construction of Bypass around Novi-Sad with the Bridge over the Danube River Project) between the Export-Import Bank of China as the “Lender” and the Republic of Serbia represented by the Government of the Republic of Serbia acting by and through the Ministry of Finance as the “Borrower”,
  33. Granting consent to the Fiscal Council 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Fiscal Council
  34. Formulating the Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Securities Commission 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Securities Commission
  35. Formulating the Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media
  36. Formulating the Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic of Serbia Energy Agency 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Republic of Serbia Energy Agency.

In the course of the sitting the Committee also held its Second Public Hearing with the topic “Presentation of the Republic of Serbia 2024 Budget Bill and the Bill on the Republic of Serbia 2022 Budget Final Financial Statement” after which it continued to work according to the agenda.
The Committee completed a joint debate in principle on items 1 to 3 and a joint debate in principle and single debate on items 4 to 32 on the agenda.

The bills listed as items 1 to 32 on the agenda were presented by Minister of Finance Sinisa Mali and Governor of the National Bank of Serbia Jorgovanka Tabakovic.

The Committee unanimously adopted the Republic of Serbia 2024 Budget Bill, with its accompanying Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic Pension and Disability Insurance Fund 2024 Financial Plan, Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic Health Insurance Fund 2024 Financial Plan, Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Fund for Social Insurance of Military Insured 2024 Financial Plan and the Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the National Employment Service 2024 Financial Plan, submitted by the Government.

The Bill amending and modifying the Budget System Law, with an amendment submitted by the Government, and the Bill on the Republic of Serbia 2022 Budget Final Financial Statement were also unanimously adopted.

The Committee members also unanimously adopted items 4 to 32 on the agenda, as well as items 4 and 6 with one amendment each, submitted by the Government.

The Committee went on to grant consent to the Fiscal Council 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Fiscal Council, and formulated the following:

•Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Securities Commission 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Securities Commission
•Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media
•Proposal of the Decision to grant consent to the Republic of Serbia Energy Agency 2024 Financial Plan Proposal, submitted by the Republic of Serbia Energy Agency.

The sitting was chaired by Committee Chairman Veroljub Arsic and attended by the following Committee members and deputy members: Ana Beloica Martac, Bratimir Vasiljevic, Miroslav Kondic, Svetlana Milijic, Nikola Radosavljevic, Aleksandra Tomic, Snezana Paunovic, Miloslav Aleksic,Nenad Mitrovic, Miodrag Gavrilovic, Nebojsa Cakic, Dejan Minic, Dragan M. Markovic, Rozalia Okresz, as well as MPs Bosko Obradovic, Marko Atlagic and Srdjan Milivojevic who are not members of the Committee.

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