SELDI Partners from Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Foundation (civil society organisation)
Postal address: Nikola Parapunov bb, Skopje, FYR Macedonia
MCIC was established in 1993, upon domestic initiatives with support from the Dutch Interchurch Aid (DIA) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The establishment came in response to the problems arising from Yugoslavia’s break-up, heralding a sign of solidarity in the efforts for peaceful resolution of the problems, fostering of good neighborly relations and cooperation among all people living in Macedonia and promotion of peaceful and fair solutions for the existing differences in the region, in a hope that this is possible.
MCIC was actively involved in preparation of State Programme for Prevention and Repression of Corruption (2007-2010), and it was the only organisation invited by the State Anticorruption Commission to participate in the process of preparation of the new state programme for anticorruption and conflict of interests (2011-2015). MCIC is one of 17 CSO that signed the Memorandum of cooperation for mutual support for prevention of corruption among State Anticorruption Commission and CSOs in Macedonia.
MCIC has been cooperating with CSD since 2010 when MCIC translated the report on the situation of corruption in Bulgaria “Crime without Punishment”, developed by CSD. In November 2010 MCIC organized in cooperation with CSD a study visit to Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria.
Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’ Skopje (IDSCS), former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Association of citizens
Postal address: Bul. Partizanski Odredi 4/2-22, 1000 Skopje, FYR Macedonia
The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” - Skopje (IDSCS) is a Macedonian based think tank and action oriented civil society organization first founded in 1999. IDSCS has active programs in the area of anti-corruption-transparency, democracy, European integration and public opinion. IDSCS leads a network of CSOs aimed to strengthen the role of civil society in preventing spoil system and conflict of interests in public administration and along with another partner organization IDSCS is implementing a project to enhance transparency and accountability in spending public money through promotion of performance budgeting of Macedonian budget users as a model.
Aiming to increase the quality of political debate and argumentation in developing public policies in Macedonia the Institute begins monitoring and the cultivating argument-based debate in the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia. IDSCS led a consortium that conducted comprehensive research on the implementation of the rule of law in five distinct case-studies, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and advocates for the implementation of policy recommendations on judicial reform stemming from this research. The project aims to improve the rule of law standards in the Western Balkans region.
IDSCS undertakes a comparative study of effective local governance in the Western Balkans. The study explores local governance in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia and aims to identify problems and challenges municipal governments in these countries face in the execution of their competencies. The research seeks to compile best practices in delivering services to the citizens at local level and will recommend most feasible models to increase transparency and effectiveness of local authorities. IDSCS has also done research study on corruption and transparency in local self-governments in Macedonia. It explores the degree to which the legal procedures have been transformed in policies and practices and the cooperation between CSOs and local self-governments. In 2010 and 2013 IDSCS joined a consortium of Macedonian CSOs to pursue integrated parliamentary and local election monitoring. IDSCS was responsible to monitor the transparency and work of the State Electoral Commission as well as spending of the political parties through nation-wide network of 30 monitors.
Ohrid Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Association of citizens
Postal address: Dimitrije Tucovik 24, Skopje, FYR Macedonia
The Ohrid Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs is the first think tank to have carried out comprehensive monitoring and analysis of the work of the Government of Macedonia. It performed day-to-day monitoring on the government in 10 areas for three years following a Performance Based System Matrix. This included the area of internal affairs and anti-corruption. The Leadership Monitoring Project proved to be a success story and brought significant changes to the way the government functions. The unique methodology, the experience and the Performance Based System Matrix were shared with international partners from Africa and Asia. The Ohrid Institute was also engaged in preparing the Macedonian country report in the No. 9 issue of the EU-27 Watch. The Institute also makes regular analysis of the international Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.
The Challenge of Corruption
The fight against corruption has been neglected in the past several years. Nonetheless, Since 2007 numerous amendments were made to the legal framework in order to support the fight against corruption, such as changes made to the Law on Financing of Political Parties, the Law on Prevention of Conflicts of Interests, The Law on prevention of corruption, etc, however they only brought incremental progress. In 2009, amendment to the law on conflict of interest strengthened the powers of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) for control and prevention of conflict of interest and introduced the obligation of the officials to submit a conflict of interest declaration and provided for misdemeanour sanctions for non-observance of the law. The following year, legislative changes enabling a second mandate for the members of SCPC increased their dependence on political decision-makers. In 2011, new State Program for Prevention and Repression of Corruption and Prevention of Conflict of Interests for the period 2011-2015 was adopted. In total 102 institutions and organisations have been given with opportunity to implement, to monitor and to report for the anti-corruption policy in the country. According to the last SCPC report, until November 2013 SCPC has implemented 28% of the activities, while 42 % are in progress, and 30% of the activities are still not realized.