Marija is 40 years old. She is the head of the municipal Office for the Local and Economic Development. She is married and has one child.

Serbia in the future is a country that respects its laws and prioritizes care for the families. “First of all, I would like to live in a legally and socially secure country. Also, I think we should care more about our children, especially because we are an ageing population, so we should prioritize care for the families, work on population policies, and secure better social position of mothers.”

Tradition and rich cultural heritage are positive sides of Serbia. “What makes us different from the others is our tradition and cultural heritage, and that is something we should be proud of. As for the natural beauties, yes, we are one of those who have it plentiful. Although, I think the problem is we don’t respect it enough and we don’t use it in the right way. I agree with what I heard recently, someone said that our children suffer from a chronic lack of being outdoors.”

People are reluctant to change, and that’s what Maria considers worrying. Also, the state has an unfair attitude towards the private sector. “Unfortunately, it seems that people don’t want to change and because of this we are what we are. We’re apathetic, I don’t know what the reason for this is, there is probably a thousand reasons. As far as the public sector is concerned, politicians didn’t bring many things to the end, and we didn’t resolve many issues we have. There is, indeed, a major injustice towards the private sector. I can freely say this as the head of the Office for the Local Economic Development, starting with complicated bureaucratic procedures, various charges, a non-stimulating policy for beginners and inspections.”

Everything she does, Maria gives herself 110%. Whether it’s her job or her family, she always gives her maximum contribution and does the job in the right way.

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