World Bulletin/News Desk
Over the last several weeks Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic held intensive talks with a number of local and international experts offering to take up posts in reshuffled government.
On Sunday, two leading parties in Serbia – Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) - in separate meetings discussed possible changes that will be further discussed on Monday by the state Parliament.
According to their proposal, the government should have 18 ministries. Two positions could be offered to experts who are not members of any political party in Serbia.
Local media are reporting that Vucic over the last several weeks contacted number of international experts offering them different advisory positions.
One of them is former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer who is likely to accept invitation to advise the Serbian government on economic policy and EU integration.
The other name is 29 years old Lazar Krstic, a Yale graduate from Serbia living in US, who has been offered with the position of a finance minister.
At the beginning of July, Serbian Progressive Party decided to oust finance and economy minister Mladjan Dinkic in a reshuffle. Since then, extensive efforts to reconstruct the government are ongoing.
The government is seeking expert advice on how to restructure Serbian public finances, raise economic growth and secure a new agreement with the IMF.
The government reshuffle comes one year after ministers took office, and it has been one of the top topics on the Serbian political scene.
At present, the Progressive Party holds nine ministries, the Socialists five plus the prime minister’s seat and the United Regions of Serbia three, while the Social Democratic Party of Serbia holds one, as does the Party of Democratic Action of Sandzak.