Serbia's government has announced austerity measures, including a plan to cut some public-sector salaries by up to one-quarter, in a bid to reduce public debt and avoid bankruptcy.
A six-point package presented by Finance Minister Lazar Krstic at a government meeting also included a value-added-tax increase from 8 to 10 percent for basic goods and the slashing of state subsidies and public-sector spending.
Krstic said the government in 2014 will introduce "solidarity taxes," ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on salaries in the public sector that are above 60,000 dinars ($712) a month.
Serbia's economy contracted by 1.7 percent last year and unemployment is at almost 25 percent.
The government has foreign debt of 19 billion euros ($26 billion) and a budget deficit of 6.5 percent of annual GDP.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP