Today six judicial institutions were awarded certificates for the quality standard ISO 9001:2015 supported by the USAID program to improve the performance of organizations.

The Judicial Council of the Republic of Macedonia, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia and four High Courts of Appeals in Skopje, Stip, Bitola and Gostivar, not only are they the top judicial institutions certified to this standard for quality management, but they’re also the first public institutions in the country to be certified with the latest version of this standard.

“In the past 25 years, USAID has helped Macedonia establish an efficient and transparent judicial system and worked to strengthen the capacity of the courts, and to have a more effective and more consistent application of judicial policies and practices. Within the program for improving the performance of organizations, USAID helped the judicial institutions be more effective in the implementation of the procurement process, and with that they met their legal obligations to introduce systems of quality management. This process is completely acceptable in other courts and it should be implemented nationwide”, said Director of the USAID Mission, James Stein.

Starting from 1993, USAID has invested more than 583 million dollars in Macedonia, money from the US budget.