CIVIL Media asked citizens of Gevgelia and Negotino – What are the 5 biggest problems in their municipality? Some of the answers are that better infrastructure is needed, cleaner streets, more parks and greenery, clean and accessible drinking water…
“We have a problem with the landfill, some access roads need to be paved and the services need to be more up-to-date”, says a citizen of Gevgelia.
Another citizen says that they are not just 5 problems in the municipality, but 1001 problems, however they will never be solved because same families rule the city for decades.
“I lived in another country and enjoyed all the rights except for the right to vote, since I was not their citizen. Here it’s the opposite, I only have the right to vote and nothing else”, he adds.
A citizen from Skopje says he plans to move to Gevgelia, because the air and city are clean there and the residents are kind.
A citizen from Negotino says that the biggest problem is the lifeless economy.
“All of the problems in Negotino stem from the closing down of factories. That caused economic collapse of the population, economic collapse of the municipality and economic persecution of the population”.
Another citizen says the city should be cleaned more, the grapes should be bought regularly, and the health care improved.
“The river is awful, it is not clean, the streets are awful, they stop the water supply during the night, so we have to fill reserves during the day”, says a citizen.
With the “Green society for all” project, CIVIL continues the promotion of ideas for interrelation of green values, anti-nationalism and social justice, especially in the context of creating local policies and practices with real care for the interests of the citizens at the local level.
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Translation: N. Cvetkovska