Dušica Perišić

Executive Director at Association of the units of Local self-governments of the Republic of North Macedonia (ZELS)

Since June 2001, as the Executive Director of ZELS, included in the preparation of legislation that sets the basis for the current decentralization of competences and finances, a process which is being implemented in the Republic of Macedonia as of July 2005. The 14-year experience and knowledge gained working with municipalities across Macedonia and the region, and her specialization in the area of fiscal decentralization, enables her to be a visiting professor on the topic of local government at the Faculty of Law within Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Under her leadership, ZELS gained international recognition and became a member of CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), NALAS and ALDA. Moreover, ZELS delegation participates in the work of the Joint Consultative Committee between the Republic of Macedonia and the European Union, represented via the Committee of the Regions.

Her skills in the field of local and organizational management are advanced by taking part in study programs in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc. Her professional career started as an engineer and grew in the direction of project management, commercial and project engineering, coupled with trade promotion, commercial management, and extensive experience in administration, accounting and organizational management. Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering within Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje at the Department for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Automatics. Fluent in English.

All Sessions by Dušica Perišić

14:30 - 15:30
Grand Hall

Closing the Gap(s): Unlocking the Real-Estate Potential

The dysfunctional management of real estate is a major hindrance to our society's development. For instance, only half of Serbia's 10 million properties are registered in the cadastre and part of the regulated market. Many properties remain untapped due to inadequate spatial planning. This leads to legal uncertainties and hinders planned investments. Addressing property-related issues and reforming property management is a significant regional development opportunity, potentially unlocking billions in real estate investments and resolving numerous long-standing legal proceedings. This requires committed authorities and resource allocation, which, though not insignificant, are outweighed by the losses incurred by not addressing these issues. Sharing successful reform experiences is crucial for the region to progress and tackle longstanding problems.

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