Foreign direct investments (FDI) into Serbia rose by 15.6% on the year in the first half of 2018 to 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion), finance minister Sinisa Mali said on Friday.
“The new investments mean new jobs. The economic growth means a higher budget income and a surplus,” Mali said, as quoted in a statement by the finance ministry.
Next week, the government plans to start talks with trade unions on the increase of minimum wages in the country, Mali said.
FDI into Serbia rose by 15.8% on the year in the first five months of 2018 to 1.1 billion euro, prime minister Ana Brnabic said last month.
The inflow of FDI into Serbia rose to 2.6 billion euro in 2017 from 1.861 billion euro in 2016.