Parliament on Saturday approved a package of constitutional amendments designed to make the economy more market-oriented and ease the worst economic crisis since World War II.

The amendments also would give Serbia more control over its autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina. The crisis has been fueled by hundreds of thousands of Serbs protesting the alleged harassment of Serbs in Kosovo by the majority ethnic Albanians.Adoption of the 34 measures was largely symbolic, since strong opposition is expected when they are submitted to for approval by the legislatures of each of Yugoslavia's six republics and two provinces.

The government, meanwhile, approved price increases of up to 53 percent on meat and 60 percent on bread, two days after Parliament eased an unpopular austerity program by allowing salary raises for some workers.