300 laws on the shelves, bigger payday: Some representatives earn over 2.000 EUR

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Benefits of the Law on public sector earnings have been best felt by the representatives of Montenegro. Their salaries, according to this law, were increased up to 400 EUR, which is demonstrated by data from the Parliament.

The biggest representatives’ salary for April was received by then-President of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapić, in the amount of 2222,77 EUR. Compared to his February salary of 1.470 EUR, his earnings increased for 800 EUR, Weekend Edition of Dnevne Novine daily learns.

Benefits were also reaped by representatives Predrag Bulatović, Miodrag Vuković, Velizar Kaluđerović, Rifat Rastoder, Neven Gošović, Obrad Stanišić, Veljko Zarubica, Ljerka Dragićević, Milutin Simović, Jelisava Kalezić and Vuk Roćen, whose earnings were also above 2.000 EUR, because they have the longest seniority.

The reason for this increase is in the change of the coefficient that was 11,5 before, but due to the new Law, it increased to 26.

The Law started its implementation in the middle of March, so the representatives received only a half of the raise in April. Their April salary was increased fully, in addition to the other half of March earnings.

The source of Weekend Edition of Dnevne Novine daily in the Parliament said that the reason for this big raise for representatives is in the fact that their previous work was not calculated with a variable, but based on the earnings that was around 1.000 EUR.

“Now that it has changed, there is no more variable, so the higher coefficient gave way to higher earnings, that are now around 1.550 EUR on average”, he said.

The blockage did not delay the increase

This is a better option for representatives with longer years of service, because the rate of previous work gets accounted as well.

The paradox lies in the fact that the new accounting system started being implemented at the time of total blockage in the Parliament, when more than 300 laws were on the shelves, waiting in the parliamentary proceedings. Some of those laws relate to coastal zone, administrative procedures, legalization of informal objects.

Although the salaries were increased in March, the Parliament has been working in reduced capacity since December 1st, when the parliamentary dialogue between the Government and the opposition has started. The dialogue resulted in signing the Agreement on free and fair elections. In the meantime, many drafts of laws were left to collect dust on the parliamentary shelves.

Nikčević: Salaries raised with a reason

President of the Administrative Committee Radivoje Nikčević said that the salaries were increased with a reason, because they are matched with the work being done.

Nikčević added that the job of a representative is not a classical employment situation. They can not apply for an apartment, or benefits, because they get included in the salaries, that surpass over 2.000 EUR for some.

Nikčević finds a problem in the fact that some representatives did not deserve the increase in their salaries.

“Those that are in the streets did not deserve that amount, but those representatives that are professional in their work deserve this raise”, he said.

“The Law was passed that gave way to raises. The obligations that a representative has are bigger that then the obligations of others, because our role is specific. We were chosen by the will of the citizens, which is the reason the raises are justified for the representatives of the people”, Nikčević concluded.

By passing this Law, everyone in the public sector got a raise, but some of the benefits for working groups, commissions and similar branches were terminated, along with some benefits that made salaries bigger.

The highest salary in the public sector is that of the President, whose basic earnings are accounted with a coefficient of 32, than the President of the Parliament, Prime Minister, President of the Constitutional Court and President of the Supreme Court, with a coefficient of 30.

Coefficient of 26 goes to ministers, representatives, judges, prosecutors, human rights protector, and President of the Senate of State Revision Institution.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro