Due to the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the country’s economy and functioning of the vast majority of the SMEs, an open letter was sent to the Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali on March 19th, 2020 as a joint initiative of 12 bilateral chambers and business associations (French-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Belgian-Serbian Business Association, British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Confindustria, Hellenic Business Association of Serbia, Dutch-Serbian Business Association, Croatian Business Club, Polish-Serbian Business Association, Slovenian Business Club, Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce).

For the SME Sector the Covid-19 pandemic has already raised existential questions, and the reality is that the situation is only going to get worse in the coming weeks.

On behalf of the member companies present in Serbia, the twelve business associations urged Minister Mali to implement urgent measures to mitigate the Covid-19 impact andhelp the SMEs cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The measures include deferral of tax payments, easier access to bank credits as well as direct support, in the form of subsidies or repayable aid, for the most fragile enterprises.

Please click here to download the original letter.