Passing of the Decree on Setting Up a Program of Direct Grants Payable From the Budget of the Republic of Serbia


On 12th February 2021 the Government of the Republic of Serbia published in the “Official Journal of the Republic of Serbia” no. 11/2021 the Decree Establishing the Program of Direct Grants Disbursed from the Budget of the Republic of Serbia to Economic Entities Within the Private Sector to Help Mitigate the Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Caused by the Virus SARS-CoV-2. The Decree came into effect on that same day.

The right to receive a direct grant belongs to all economic entities (including large entities) that are not on the List of Public Fund Users, except for:

  • banks;
  • insurance and re-insurance companies;
  • firms that manage voluntary retirement fund and pension schemes:
  • providers of finance lease;
  • both payment and electronic money institutions.

The Decree does not provide for deferred payment of tax and contributions.

Economic entities may expect to receive direct grants in the following sequence:

  • in April 2021 the amount calculated as the product of the number of full-time employees for February 2021 reduced by the number of employees terminated by the employer between 12th February and 31st March 2021 and the amount of one half of the basic minimum net salary for January 2021 (RSD 15,450.12);
  • In May 2021 the amount calculated as the product of the number of full-time employees for March 2021 reduced by the number of employees terminated by the employer between 1st April 2021 and 30th April 2021 and the amount of one half of the basic minimum net salary for January 2021 (RSD 15,450.12);
  • In June 2021 the amount calculated as the product of the number of full-time employees in the period between 1st April 2021 and 31st May 2021 reduced by the number of employees terminated by the employer between 1st May 2021 and 31st May 2021 and the equivalent of one half of the basic minimum net salary for January 2021 (RSD 15,450.12).

Economic entities accept the payment by giving a separate statement each month through the portal of the Tax Administration. The form of the statement has not been determined yet.

Direct grants are paid into a special purpose bank account.

An economic entity forfeits its right to a direct grant if it:

  • distributes dividends between 12th February and 31st December 2021;
  • reduces the number of employees by 10% in the period between 12th February 2021 and the expiration date of a 3-month period from the last disbursement of a direct grant.

The first direct grant will likely be released on 8th April 2021.

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