Serbia: Average Shopping Basket Too Expensive

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Hamilton, Canada

#1 Feb 12, 2011
For the ‘average basket’ of goods and services, which according to official statistics costs 52,000 dinars, Serbian’s have an average salary of 39,000 dinars to play with. This stark news was revealed following a change in the way the ministry of trade calculates consumers’ costs, to bring them into line with EU standards.

The average basket includes food and beverages, clothing, housing, water, electricity, gas, health costs, transport, communications, recreation and culture, education and a small element for luxury items such as alcohol, tobacco, restaurants and hotels. However for many Serbians many of these luxury items will be unavailable as average salaries fall far short of the cost of the ‘average basket’.

Vesna Milic, chemist

“For us restaurants do not exist. We buy clothes and footwear just when it’s simply necessary. All the money we have we spend on food and utilities. For 1,000 dinars you can’t buy anything and I can’t even think about quality food.”

Vicentije Veljkovic, pensioner

“Just yesterday I bough sugar, one kilogram is 115 dinars, its expensive. I’m coping as well as I can, but January and February are always critical for finance. What can I tell you – the situation is such that with my pension I have to have the support of my children.”

Vladimir Stanimirovic, company owner

“You always have to calculate in order to go through the month. I really don’t know how we manage, but somehow we do. But you have to give up some things, for example I can’t remember when we last went to a restaurant for a family lunch or something like that.”

Gordana Filipovic, unemployed

“After 25 years, I don’t have a job, so we are living off my husband’s salary. Don’t ask how we are managing. My mother sends us meat, we buy bread and vegetables that I need in order to cook something. We rarely buy milk… Bills for utilities alone are 15,000…Cigarettes are the only thing that I’m not giving up, that’s all I have left.”

Pancevo, Serbia

#2 Feb 12, 2011
Mladi zele da pobegnu sa Kosmeta

Najveci broj mladih na Kosovu ne vidi perspektivu i najradije bi - u svet, a tako razmišljaju narocito oni koji su završili fakultete i koji su, nakon proglašenja nezavisnosti, ocekivali više. Zato i nastoje da ilegalno ili preko turistickih agencija dodju do viza i zivot nastave negde van Kosova, izveštava nemacki list Dojce vele.

Hamilton, Canada

#3 Feb 12, 2011
Zašto 80% mladih želi da pobegne iz Srbije kojom vladaju demokrate?

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