Marija Babovic, from the Group for Developing Initiative SeCons told N1 on Monday that the poverty of the temporary employed was on the rise in the whole of Europe, while in Serbia that was 10 percent higher than in any European Union member state.
Last week, Serbia’s Government said extreme poverty and risk of poverty had been almost eradicated but that the situation was far from desirable.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the presentation of the third national report on social inclusion and reduction of poverty that data from the third quarter of 2018 showed that the unemployment rate was at 11.3 percent, adding her government’s goal was to see that drop to a single digit.
Babovic said there were different methodologies for measuring poverty and that extreme level was measured according to the World Bank’s standards which recently put the threshold to 1.9 dollars per day instead of the previous 1.25.
“I’m glad the Prime Minister could say the poverty was almost eradicated since it’s according to the methodology used in Sub-Sahara Africa. We are a European country which the World Bank ranks as a country of medium development or medium income. In 2013, we introduced the register of poverty and inequality according to the Statistics about the income and living conditions which is used by the EU and which measures the poverty in comparison to income and not to consumption,” Babovic said.
She added that according to that methodology, compared to the EU countries, Serbia had the highest rate of the poverty risk and social exclusion and the highest inequality rate measured by income.
Natasa Mijakovic from the Republic’s Statistic Office said that 25.7 percent of people were in the risk of poverty in 2017, measured by the household income.
The same year, the absolute poverty rate among the population was 7.2 percent.
Last week the Government said it had implemented a series of measures to reduce poverty. “The most important thing is that the measures have produced concrete results. We can say the situation is better than it was,” Brnabic said.
She singled out the reforms of the social security and education systems as examples of the measures which she believed had improved the situation.