MINISTER OF ECONOMY
By accepting this function, I set a clear objective in front of myself and in front of the staff of the Ministry: it is our responsibility to represent the interests of entrepreneurs and bring the necessary changes that will lead to better quality and more reliable business environment, but at the same time to complete the privatization process and bring into order the business of public companies. In this way, instead of investing money and human resources in resolving the status of state or public companies, we will be able to support the private sector more strongly.
I am proud to be a part of this government, which constantly improves the position of Serbia in the world, which is the center of world famous companies, which provides strong support for local businessmen, maintains political and economic stability and at the same time I am sure that we will, in the future, improve our results for a better life for all our citizens.
I hope that the new website of the Ministry of Economy will be the proof of our efforts to improve our communication and make it simpler, more transparent and more modern.
After four years as president of the Municipal Council of Surdulica, 2008, he was elected Member of Parliament in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia. He participated in the work of the highest legislative body part until 2012, when he became State Secretary in the Government of Serbia.
He acquired his education abroad and spent 15 years in the field of corporate finance as a Master of Economic Sciences. He began his career in Prague in 2003 as a financial analyst at GE Capital Bank. He came to Serbia at the end of that year, where he started working at the company Deloitte & Touche, then in Erste Bank Serbia, AC Funds SCM JSC and Ilirika Company for the management of investment funds until 2010. Then he started working at the Ministry of Economy, first as an adviser to the minister, and then as assistant minister for privatization and bankruptcy until the end of 2016, when he was appointed State Secretary.
Dragan B. Grgurević
He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, after which he worked in several companies. From 2009, he worked in PWC Beogradvode, as a deputy director, and in 2013 he moved to PC Sava Center as acting director, and in September 2014 he was appointed director of PC Sava Centar. He was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy in late 2016.
Within his fourteen-year experience in administration on social policy, local development, international cooperation and the economy, he spent most of his time in the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy on normative-legal affairs and matters of social security. In 2013 he was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self-Government. He has been on his current duty since September 2014.
SECTOR FOR INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Biljana Žarković, Assistant Minister
Great experience and understanding of the needs of local self-governments led her to become assistant minister for investment in infrastructure projects from 2013 to the present. Before that, she acquired working experience by working at various jobs, including deputy minister in two ministries that had public administration and local self-government in their jurisdiction.
SECTOR FOR CONTROL AND SUPERVISION IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC COMPANIES
Dubravka Drakulić, Assistant Minister
ALEKSANDAR STARČEVIĆ, acting Assistant Minister – Sector for Product Quality and Safety
Graduated from the Faculty of Technical Sciences “Mihajlo Pupin” in Zrenjanin, University of Novi Sad, in 1999, and in 2003 he obtained the Master diploma of technical sciences in the field of development management.
On 14 July 2004 he received a positive mark for eligibility of the candidate and creation of the PhD thesis at the Faculty of Technical Sciences “Mihajlo Pupin”, Zrenjanin, University of Novi Sad, with the title: “Model of development and management of the heating systems from the aspect of reduction of energy consumption and increased heating effect”.
SECTOR FOR PRIVATIZATION AND BANKRUPTCY
Dragan Ugrčić, acting Assistant Minister
From 2008 he was engaged in the Privatization Agency and in state authorities on matters of privatization and bankruptcy. He performed the duty of the acting Director of the Agency for Privatization from November 2015 and in February 2016 he was appointed Director of the Department for Coordination with the Ministry of Economy and the Government of Serbia in the Agency for Licensing Bankruptcy Administrators. He was appointed acting Assistant Minister of Economy in autumn 2016.
SECTOR FOR BUSINESS COMPANIES AND REGISTERS
Dušan Vučković, acting Assistant Minister
Bachelor of Law, with a rich career in his profession, especially in the area of justice, started working in the civil service in 2004 in the Republic Secretariat for Legislation. His vast experience in the knowledge of the needs and priorities of the economy, harmonization of Serbian legislation with EU directives, as well as in the field of privatization and restructuring of companies, is built on a variety of jobs within the administration in the next 13 years. He has been at the Ministry of Economy since 2008, and before taking up his current duty, he was Chief of the Department for approval, legal and research and analytical activities in the Sector for Privatization and Bankruptcy.
SECTOR FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Katarina Obradović-Jovanović, Assistant Minister
Her first job was at the Institute of Economics, where she gained experience in various consulting projects in the field of company reorganization. In the last 12 years, she has been in leading positions in the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises and has worked on the preparation of draft policy documents in this area and monitoring their implementation.