Vucic: I am happy we are catching up with others

Responding to criticism from economist Milojko Arsic, a former government aide who has said it would take 30 years for Serbia to catch up with Hungary, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday said there was now talk of catching up with the country, rather than of lagging behind it.

14 Jan 2020 17:36

OBRENOVAC - Responding to criticism from economist Milojko Arsic, a former government aide who has said it would take 30 years for Serbia to catch up with Hungary, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday said there was now talk of catching up with the country, rather than of lagging behind it.

"Arsic, who was an adviser to (former PM) Mirko Cvetkovic, says Serbia needs 30 years to catch up with Hungary. I would say it will take less time, but I am happy we are catching up with it, as opposed to the period when he was in charge, and when we were lagging behind and when the economic gap was widening," Vucic told reporters in Obrenovac.

Today, there is talk of how quickly we will catch up with Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and some other countries, which shows that Serbia is well on the right track, Vucic said.

"I am satisfied that those who are criticising us must admit that we are making progress - even more quickly than some developed Western countries. But can we go faster? We will do our best and that is why the 2025 Programme is important, and so is accomplishing it and being committed," he said.

Photo: Tanjug/Z. Zestic

top of page