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Science, Education and Sports Minister Predrag Sustar said on Sunday that the current model of government co-financing of transportation for high school students would be maintained until the end of this school year and that the new model, determined on the basis of a means test, would be introduced as of the next school year.

"Money will be available. The new model will be introduced as of the next school year," Sustar said in an interview with Nova TV when asked if students would be given money for transportation in April, just as they had in recent years.

In its budget proposal for 2016, the government has envisaged a reduction in government subsidies for students using public transportation. The government's share in financing local and commuter transport would thus be reduced, as of the next school year, from 75% to 50%, while government subsidies for socially vulnerable groups would remain at 100%, Sustar said last Thursday when the budget proposal was made public.

The minister said that savings were necessary. "These are so-called structural cuts. We have obligations towards the European Commission and the Finance Ministry has put very clear limits before us," Sustar said.

He recalled that subsidies related to the transportation of primary school pupils would remain unchanged.

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