Zagreb’s Milan Bandić Slashes 10% Off City Boss Salaries

Lauren Simmonds

Zagreb’s long-time mayor has his scissors sharpened in the name of the city budget.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 16th of December, 2017, Zagreb’s long-standing mayor Milan Bandić has issued a decision on measures to rationalise city-based costs and city budget expenditures in Croatia’s capital by reducing city management salaries by 10 percent, as well as various other measures to reduce these companies’ costs and budget expenditures by five percent, according to a statement issued by the mayor’s office.

The statement states that “taking into account the socio-economic indicators of the environment in which businesses operate in the City of Zagreb and the City Administration of the City of Zagreb, Mayor Milan Bandić, is, today, on the December the 16th, 2017, implementing additional measures for business rationalisation”.

The reduction of company expenses and city budget expenditures will result in a 10 percent reduction in the salaries of the management of companies under the ownership of the City of Zagreb, as well as all city bosses, advisers to the mayor, deputy heads and assistants in city administrative bodies and heads of institutions whose personal income is paid out of budget funds, as well as personal income for the month of December 2017; it will also involve taking measures and activities that will result in the rationalisation of the costs of these companies and city budget expenditures by 5 percent.

“In addition to economic goals, it’s important to emphasise that these measures encourage and point to the socially responsible management in the public sector,” the statement concluded.


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