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Solar energy production must not leave North Macedonia without food

Building solar farms and using solar radiation to produce electricity is one of the most effective ways to reduce North Macedonia's dependency on imported electricity. The anticipated energy crisis once again reminded us how much the country is lagging behind in exploiting and investing in alternative energy sources, especially the sun, a resource that we have in abundance. The...

Institutions use the interoperability platform “as they wish”, citizens wander around counters [infographic]

Institutions in the RNM communicate very little with each other through the Interoperability Platform, which is intended for the exchange of data through electronic systems, with the aim of more efficient and faster provision of services. The data provided by Portalb.mk show that, in general, all institutions on the Platform have a decrease in the number of executed transactions,...

The parties became holders of public information, but remained insufficiently transparent

Three years after being covered by the Law on Free Access to Public Information, which made them holders of public information related to their financial operations, political parties are still not at a satisfactory level of transparency in terms of revenue and expenditure. However, it is considered a good start to increase their accountability to citizens, which is their...

Truthmeter.mk: Lots of courts and judges, but little Justice

With the systematization of the judicial network for judges in all levels of courts and for all types of courts, 636 judicial seats are provided, and 493 seats have been filled, but even with this number, we are leaders in Europe. With 34 courts, we are leaders in terms of the number of courts, but we can never get...

Metamorphosis Foundation’s debate: Media reforms must be continuous, not “stop and go” process

Metamorphosis Foundation organized a debate yesterday about the reforms in the media sector in North Macedonia, which took place after the presentation of the report "Halfway completed reforms – the political will is here one moment, and gone the next", on the media reforms' monitoring it performed. At the debate, the reports' findings were confirmed, where a joint conclusion was...

First 2 months with new elementary education concept in North Macedonia – are there results and what has to be changed?

Exactly two months have passed since the education authorities of North Macedonia have implemented the new Concept for the elementary education, which was heralded as the basis for the education reforms. The novelties planned in the document should improve the situation and follow the contemporary tendencies in education. After the system had underwent many changes in the past, with...

North Macedonia starts reform of the tax system to decrease the tax evasion

Фатмир Бесими фото: МФ
North Macedonia this year will start a comprehensive reform of the tax system, with 13 set goals, 40+ activities, and numerous sub-activities chartered in the Action Plan for 2021 for the implementation of the Strategy for the Reform of the Tax Ssystem 2021-2025. The measures include analyses, application of models and experiences, accompanied by public debates and consultations, the...

Profesor Davitkovski: We are all aware that the advertisements for public administration jobs are for the “party soldiers”

The long practice of employing people in the public administration by party lists continues in North Macedonia. This is done without any criteria and appropriate selection and everybody knows that the job advertisements are rigged for the party soldiers, says university professor Borche Davitkovski in the interview with Portalb.mk about the public administration reforms that had been promised so...

Government of North Macedonia adopts “Europe at Home” agenda on implementation of EU standards in the domestic legislation

Агенда Европа дома, фото: Влада
The "Agenda: Europe at Home" document that was adopted at yesterday's government session was prepared by the joint groups of the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) and the EU. Those groups were formed on the basis of the Agreement for Stabilization and Association and the EC's recommendations. In the implementation of these European reforms, the RNM will also have...

The pandemic imposed unprecedented changes in education, high school students demanded decision-making role

This time last year, no one in the world and in North Macedonia, as well, could anticipate that the education will be facing one of the biggest challenges so far. With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, last year's March was the key point when things began to change. The schools, kindergartens, and even the colleges were all closed....

EU is offering money for railroads, North Macedonia’s government opts for roads

The European Commission in its Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans concerning North Macedonia  stresses that it will finance building of new railroad infrastructure and reconstruction of the existing one. In the financial package in the amount of €9 billion that will be available for the Western Balkans countries through the IPA III funds, including additional grants...

EU will give North Macedonia €160 million aid to help prevent economic fallout by COVID-19 pandemic

The European Commission decided to give North Macedonia €160 million from the macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to support country's economy which is hard hit by the coronavirus. The whole package, aimed for 10 countries, amounts to €3 billion and relates to strengthening fiscal governance and transparency, the fight against corruption, enhancing financial sector supervision, improving the business environment, and...

Anti-corruption reforms: The sole progress was acchieved by SCPC and civil society organizations

The work of the new composition of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the commitment of several civil society organizations and the prospects of the new Law on Public Prosecution are the only lights in the tunnel of the reform achievements of North Macedonia in the field of anti-corruption and the fight against organized crime in 2019 and early 2020. This is the...

Hahn advises to continue the reform process and to adopt the Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office

The Republic of North Macedonia deserves a green light in October for start of the negotiations with EU on the ground of all its accomplishment in the reform process in the last few years, with the Prespa Agreement, but also with the Good Neighborly Relations Agreement with Bulgaria, the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes...

Atanasov: Prime Minister, you know best why we did not realize any changes in education!

Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Petar Atanasov, wrote a Facebook status saying that he was resigning from office, addressing the general public and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The reason for his decision, he wrote, is the Government's inability to implement the promises that were made. He also says that "the revolution has started to eat its own children". "In the...

EC calls for the pace of reforms and political dialogue in North Macedonia to continue

At today's 16th meeting of the Joint Stabilization and Association Committee, which consists of representatives from North Macedonia and the EU, officials from the European Commission encouraged all political parties and stakeholders in the country to work together to maintain and strengthen the political dialogue and to continue to implement the EU agenda, especially in regard to the judiciary,...

Pendarovski: I will insist on reforms of the security and intelligence services in accordance with NATO standards

As President of North Macedonia, bearing in mind my responsibilities for the security and intelligence services, I will insist on thorough reforms in accordance with the highest NATO standards, said President Stevo Pendarovski at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "As a country, we remain committed to contributing to the preservation of global peace and stability, the fight...

Zaev: Public monitoring saved the state 100 million euros

"Recently, we reminded ourselves of the 2015 mass demonstrations, where over 70 civil society organizations joined tens of thousands of citizens for a mass protest to restore the rule of law, creating a broad civil coalition, demanding the state's capabilities be reduced for the expense of active, vocal and critical citizens. Today, the Government can say that it stood...

The blueprint group submitted solutions to the draft-law on Public Prosecution

The Blueprint Group for Judicial Reform, as the informal network of prominent civil society organizations, today submitted a document to the Minister of Justice with proposed amendments to Articles 32, 34 and 105 of the Draft Law for the Public Prosecutor's Office. The group informs that their proposals and comments on the law were agreed at a meeting with Minister...

Journalist associations expect stronger efforts for reforms in the media

The Media Ethics Council of Macedonia, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Independent Syndicate of Journalists and Media workers (ISJMW) and the Macedonian Media Institute (MMI) regarding the World Freedom Day, the 3rd of May remind of the necessity of a serious engagement of all relevant participants about all major reformatory steps in this country's media sector....