World Bulletin/News Desk
Politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina have the highest salaries among their colleagues in the region, and 40 percent higher than that of the average salary in the country.
Members of the state parliament in Bosnia are receiving between 2,500 and 3,500 euro a month. Statistically, 12.8 percent of the GDP goes into the public sector.
At the same time, according to available surveys, Bosnian families can hardly afford to cover costs of living. While average salary is around 450 Euro, the minimum monthly costs of living are around 750 euro.
With salaries high like these, Bosnian politicians are closer to the European standards, than regional. Just to compare - in Germany, parliament members salary is about 7,500 euro, in France around 5,514, and in Sweden about 6,700 euro.
At the same time, Serbian parliament members receive between 800 to 1,300 euro a month. However, on Monday Serbian government announced budget cuts that will affect public salaries in the first place.
With these new measures, salary of the Serbian president will be 1,202 euro. At the same time, member of the Bosnian Presidency – one of three members – receives 2,433 euro a month, and there are no plans for cutting.
Furthermore, prime minister in Serbia gets 1,508 euro, and with cuts it will be 1,350 euro. Prime minister of Bosnia gets 2,190 euro.
In Croatia, a country that became EU member this spring, parliament member’s salary ranges from 2,500 to 4,500 euro, in Macedonia from 1,000 to 4,500 euro, and in Montenegro 1,000 to 1,700 euro.
According to the Agency for Statistics, 547,300 people are registered as unemployed in Bosnia, which makes unemployment rate up to 44.5 percent, the highest rate in Europe.Last Mod: 10 Ekim 2013, 12:56