Anti-Corruption Commission not working for 7,5 months while Parliament debates new law


Skopje, 23 November, 2018 - 18:15 (META) 

The Anti-Corruption Commission, the key state body for the prevention of corruption and conflict of interests, has not been working for seven and a half months, since last March when the president, Igor Tanturovski resigned, and from 2 April members were “sent” on vacation indefinitely.

The Parliamentary Committee on Political System and Inter-Community Relations held a public debate today on the draft law on the prevention of corruption and conflict of interest, which should set a new model for the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption.

According to Oliver Ristovski, the Deputy Minister of Justice, the new composition of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption will have 7 members, who will be professionals and will be elected in a transparent procedure. Candidates for Commission members must not have been MPs, members of the Government, donors of a political party, or have held office in political party bodies in the last ten years.

Slagjana Taseva from Transparency International estimates that the new law is a step forward in the fight against corruption and seeks the support from MPs so the Commission can become an independent body for the control and prevention of corruption.

The new law should devise a new model for the functioning of the commission, which has not worked in the last few years and were serious failures.

According to Justice Minister Renata Trenevska Desskoska, the new law strengthens the ability of the commission and will also enable it to check the bank accounts and property of officials.


Agreements on public procurement will be published on e-nabavki.gov.mk


Skopje, 14 August, 2018 - 14:33 (META) 

In order to increase transparency and accountability regarding public procurement, from now on, the public procurement electronic system (ESJN) will feature the assigned agreements, and the public will have an insight into the agreements themselves, reports the Ministry of Finance.

“The agreements will be available within the notifications for a concluded procurement. After the procurement have been completed, the agreements will be published on https://e-nabavki.gov.mk/PublicAccess/Home.aspx#/home, informs the ministry.

The Government announced this measure with the goal to prevent any attempt for corruption during the conclusion of agreements between state institutions and companies.

Last year, at USAID’s conference on “Public Procurement in Macedonia: Experience and draft legislation for improvement”, it was highlighted that out of approximately 70.000 active companies in the country, only 4.800 are included in the public procurement business, which is worth about one billion euros annually.

 

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GRECO: Macedonia has made no progress in preventing corruption among MPs and judges


Strasbourg, 9 August, 2018 - 13:35 (META) 

In its Second Compliance report, published today, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption), an organization which operates within the Council of Europe said that “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has not made significant progress in implementing anti-corruption recommendations among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. ”

The Compliance Report was made according to the Situation Report with additional information regarding the implementation of the 19 recommendations submitted by the Macedonian authorities on 31 January this year.

Calling progress at this stage “really disappointing”, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group urges the authorities to take more determined and more focused action to implement the recommendations issued four and a half years ago. GRECO concludes that it has very low compliance with the recommendations, ie the level is “generally unsatisfactory”.

More specifically, only six of the 19 recommendations were implemented satisfactorily. Of the others, six were partially implemented, and five remained unimplemented.

In regard to members of parliament, none of the recommended changes were implemented even partly, with the exception of the adoption of the Code of Conduct for members of parliament, which is now back on track after the project had been stalled in the end of 2016.

In respect to the prevention of corruption among judges and prosecutors, the Second Compliance Report indicates that limited progress has been made, pointing to the amendments to the Law on the Judicial Council adopted in December, last year and May, this year.

GRECO noted that for judges and prosecutors new advisory and supervisory bodies for are being created, to support the implementation of their respective rules of conduct. However, the anti-corruption group of the Council of Europe will have to reassess these improvements when more specific information becomes available.

In the area of declarations of assets and interests, i.e. the registration of property and conflicts of interest, GRECO regrets that no meaningful progress has been made for strengthening the control function, as well as for a more politically independent approach of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption.

The anti-corruption officials from the Council of Europe also refer to recent ‘controversies’ when almost all members of the Anti-Corruption Commission resigned.

The next report is expected on June 30, 2019.


Transparency International: Macedonia is at the lowest position since the existence of the Corruption Transparency Index


Skopje, 23 February, 2018 - 12:25 (META) 

Macedonia is ranked on the 107th position in the Index for the perception of corruption in 2017 by Transparency International (IT) which sees the country’s position to have fallen for 17 slots compared to the previous year and is the worst result for the country since the index’s existence, stressed Transparency International- Macedonia.

There was a reaction by VMRO-DPMNE about Macedonia’s ranking and it stated that SDSM’s governance is marked by many cases of corruption and criminal and that these cases including the nepotism contribute to this fall in the previous year, especially when there is no one to bear any responsibility.

SDSM responded that the ranking on the Corruption Perception Index is a “result of the 10-year criminal governance by VMRO-DPMNE and that the citizens have a clear understanding of who worked criminally corrupted.The ruling party said that the things are changing “and the results will evidently reflect the situation in 2018.”


Žbogar: The lost time to be compensated with a greater dedication to the reforms


Skopje, 18 December, 2017 - 15:43 (META) 

The lost time to be compensated through a stronger dedication of the government and the public administration towards the current reforms and with a greater inclusion of the citizens in the process of reforms. Everyone bears the responsibility for the country’s advancement, said the Head of the EU’s delegation in Skopje, Samuel Žbogar.

Regarding the acceptance of the Action program of the European Commission about Macedonia for the year 2017 and the signing of the Agreement for financing the annual program for IPA 2016 between the European Union and the Macedonian Government with which Macedonia will receive 72,3 million of euros from the EU, the EU’s ambassador stated that it is a clear evidence of the EU’s dedication towards Macedonia’s accession into the big European family.

Since 2007, states the EU’s delegation in Skopje, Macedonia has received over 1 billion euros for key reforms and infrastructure, and until 2020, 250 more million euros will be allocated.


After Zaev, SDSM said that everyone will face responsibility for corruption


Skopje, 10 December, 2017 - 15:44 (META) 

After Prime Minister and President of SDSM, Zoran Zaev, addressed the public yesterday, and said that that everyone would face responsability for corrupt behavior, his party sent out the same message.

“The fight against corruption and the rule of law are our top values and priorities for SDSM. Everyone in public office has a responsibility to the citizens. The competent institutions must listen to and respect the voice of the people and exercise a professional and dignified attitude towards them. Therefore, they are obliged to act and sanction any corruptive behavior, regardless of who the perpetrator is and what type of function he or she performs. In the fight against corruption, there should and should not be privileged individuals and groups. Anyone who, through corruption, whether it is for personal or party purposes, who works against the interests of the Republic of Macedonia and its citizens, will have to face responsibility”, the party said.


Zaev: Nobody will be exempt from the responsibility of corruption


Skopje, 9 December, 2017 - 18:37 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in his speech to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, said that corruptive action is a serious threat to the economy and the overall development of Macedonia. He said that the fight against this evil is a commitment that this government took over, but he also urges citizens to participate in this fight in dealing with this evil, for the good of the country. He assured that nobody will be exempt from the responsibility of corruption.

“Our government, and I, as prime minister, but also all representatives of local government, as well as representatives from the civil sector and the private sector, have the responsibility to deal with serious challenges that corruption poses to us. Corruption is a threat when establishing the rule of law, and we have undertaken an obligation that the rule of law in Macedonia will prevail. Therefore, we must act decisively and with zero tolerance concerning corruption. I also encourage you to actively engage in this joint struggle by reporting corruption without fear of consequences. With this I clearly point out that nobody will be exempt from responsibility”, said Zaev.

He said that the success of the fight against corruption depends on the success of the country.


Virtual discussion about fighting corruption organized by the US Embassy


Skopje, 5 December, 2017 - 12:32 (META) 

On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, the U.S. Embassy Skopje in collaboration with American Corners Macedonia will organize a virtual town hall meeting for a panel of experts to discuss creative ways to counter corruption.

The event, which will start today at 18:00h in collaboration with American Corners in Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo, Stip and Struga, is part of U.S. Embassy Skopje’s activities to bring awareness to issues of corruption, the effects of corruption on democratic institutions, and the importance of government accountability to its citizens.

Ambassador Jess Baily will open the event at the American Corner in Skopje.


Two members of Government are under investigation for corruption, announces Zaev


Skopje, 1 November, 2017 - 16:57 (META) 

Two members of the current government are under investigation for corruption, announceds Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in his speech at the “Macedonia 2025″ Summit, which is being held in Skopje.

Zaev added that the investigations were opened after reports from concerned citizens, but stressed that he could not release more details.

“We are actively fighting corruption and it is not by accident that two members of the Government are already under investigation … They have only been here for two months and are already under investigation. I can not give any more details. O          ur priority is that Macedonia does not show mistakes from the past, above all, corruption. The law must apply to everyone. Only this way will new investments will be possible”,  said Zaev at the panel discussion within the “Macedonia 2025” Summit.


Sela: It is obvious who is the orderer of the violence and they should be held accountable


Skopje, 25 May, 2017 - 19:18 (META) 

“I thnk there isn’t any need of plenty of evidence, all was clear and it was happening in front of the public. All who dared and entered the Parliament should be held accountable in front of the justice departments if we want to have a legal state” said the president of the Movement for Reforms of DPA (DR-DPA), Zijadin Sela, after he gave a statement at the Basic Public Prosecution regarding the events that took place at the Parliament on the 27th of April, when he was most injured of all MPs.

Sela said that “it is again very evident who were the orderers since they are unashamed and they still support such relations and activities that we witnessed at the Parliament.”

“They are presidents of political parties and people that have to held responsible by the justice organs and who are ready to do anything, in order to avoid being held accountable for their crimes and corruption that have been doing for the last 10 years. Once again they showed that the institution MP for them has no value, with the order they gave and the decision of the court for suspended sentences of several people that took part in the events on the 27th of April” said Sela.