One of Serbia’s biggest strengths is that we have a President and a Prime Minister “working in unison,” Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the FoNet agency. Brnabic, who describes herself as a technocrat, denies that Serbia is “trapped” but she supports a “more efficient and responsible judiciary.”
She said that the term “trapped state” which was used in the EU’s Western Balkans’ Strategy, would not be applicable to Serbia.” She explained that this term is not equally applied to all the states and territories in the Western Balkans but that Serbia is definitely not a trapped state.
Answering several questions on her relations with the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, his stepping out of the Constitutional competencies and her formal powers, she said that “everyone keeps forgetting that she is a technocrat Prime Minister.” She explained that she has no political party backing her and that the power she does have in leading the Government comes from the President’s and the Serbian Progressive Party’s (SNS) support for her.
Brnabic denied that this is disrespectful towards the institutions and the constitutional and Serbia’s legal regulations and added that such cases of technocratic prime ministers consulting the people in the parliamentary majority exist in other European and EU member states.
“I answer to the National Assembly. Therefore, I must have a majority in the Assembly in order to implement my decisions,” Brnabic stressed and added that she is not ashamed to say Vucic is her mentor because it is important that the public hears that because of the respect and the continuity for the institution.”
Speaking about Sinisa Mali as future Finance Minister, Brnabic said this was “a completely joint decision of her and the President.”
When asked how did Mali deserve to become a minister, considering the numerous affairs during his political career, she said:
“During his mandate as the Mayor of Belgrade, he showed everyone how a responsible fiscal policy is led in a time when Belgrade had the biggest debt in its history,” and that he “made an excellent result.”
She denied allegations that the new State Media Strategy is being rewritten because of the EU’s pressure about the freedom of the press and the negative findings of all the relevant international and non-governmental organisations, including Serbia’s Progress Report.