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More money for military, police in 2023 budget

November 18, 2022
Nova Ekonomija magazine said on Friday that the proposed Serbian budget for 2023 has increased funding for the military and police and cut the budgets of the health and economy ministries.
It said that the budget bill adopted by the government earlier this week raised the Defense Ministry budget by 15 percent compared to this year’s budget. It said that the Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP) is getting 7 percent more money and the Finance Ministry 12 percent. That means that the Defense Ministry will have a budget of 160.9 billion Dinars (1 Euro – 117 Dinars) compared to 139.3 in this year’s amended budget with 60.2 billion Dinars to be spent on buying equipment.
The Finance Ministry got 1,171 billion Dinars this year and will get 1,336 billion next year while the MUP got 101.8 billion this year and will get 109.2 billion in 2023.
The Health Ministry budget was cut from last year’s 44.3 billion to 31.7 billion next year with the funding to combat COVID more than halfed from 5.3 billion in 2022 to 2 billion in 2023.
The Economy Ministry saw its budget drop for 35.3 billion Dinars this year to 30.9 billion in 2023.
Overal budget revenue is higher by 7.8 percent compared to 2022 with expenses rising by almost 6 percent. The government’s proposal for the 2023 budget has to be adopted by parliament.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/more-money-for-military-police-in-2023-budget/

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