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Nuclear physicist Ivona Vasileska with breakthrough that can make electricity cheaper for whole of Europe

Since she graduated nuclear studies summa cum laude from a Moscow university, young Ivona Vasileska from Struga recently got her Ph.D. title at the University of Ljubljana. This physics aficionado, while conducting her Ph.D. research, made a discovery that could help bring closer the date of the ignition of the big magnetic fusion reactor ITER in France, which would...

Openness Index: Government of North Macedonia first, Parliament third in Western Balkans

According to the latest Openness Index, which ranked four countries from the Western Balkans - North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. their governments and parliaments, the Government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country's Parliament was ranked third. The evaluation of the state of good governance of the parliaments and the executive...

Decisions in municipalities in North Macedonia still made by men, number of women in leadership positions too small

Out of 751 leadership positions in 17 municipalities that were analyzed throughout North Macedonia, 553 of them were held by men, while 198 were held by women. The research, part of the "Gender Analysis of Leadership Positions and Municipality Programs 2020/2021," shows that the decisions made on municipality levels are being made by men. This was the conclusion that...

Government of North Macedonia adopts Economic Reform Programme 2021-2023

The Government of North Macedonia adopted a three-year strategy - the Economic Reform Programme (ERP) 2021-2023 that consists of a mid-term macroeconomic and fiscal framework, as well as the guidelines for the structural reforms that should be implemented and which were determined through a dialogue with the European Commission. The Economic Reform Programme 2021-2023, written under the coordination of the...

HERA: Over 90% of the Romani women in North Macedonia with no education or just elementary education

The unemployment is a longstanding problem for Romani women in North Macedonia. Only 4 Romani women are at managerial positions in the 142 monitored public institutions and at other, non-managerial positions, they are present with only 0.47% out of the total number of the employees. Out of 7 647 persons that had been using the active measures and employment...

Investigative article: Aspects to pay close attention to: Security and privacy of electronic services in RNM (IV)

Cyber-security is one of the biggest challenges facing the modern digital world. Advances in technology and its inclusion in every segment of the functioning of society and state systems have also brought the risk of cyber attacks, certain structures or groups obtaining the data or information, which are super strong artillery to gain/cause great harm or great benefits, both...

Investigative article: We do not need proof of citizenship, we have an ID card, electronic services can remove many documents from use (III)

The electronic services in RNM would remove some documents from use, which should not exist, to be withdrawn from use, because they only increase the costs of the citizens and are a waste of time when applying and waiting to receive it. "The idea for digitalization of the registers in the institutions is to remove from use some documents, for...

Investigative article: Citizens wander through the counters, N. Macedonia is 10 years behind Europe in the field of digitization (I) – Portalb.mk

Citizens of North Macedonia can hardly obtain documents "with just one click" on the Internet. This is because the state provides limited electronic services, the potential of the e-portal is not fully used, and citizens, although they have the equipment, do not have enough information about electronic services. According to the research conducted by "Portalb.mk", it appears that there...

Research conducted by Metamorphosis Foundation: The teachers in North Macedonia are facing heavy challenges in online education

Research conducted by the Foundation for Internet and Society Metamorphosis, titled as "Conditions and challenges in the implementation of the online teaching process in elementary schools" shows that the teachers and students in North Macedonia face heavy challenges for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year. The situation with technical aids, most of all laptops and computers that are necessary for...

Secondary education in North Macedonia didn’t provide conditions for quality distant learning

In 64% of the cases, the digital tools were used either rarely (once in two weeks or once a month) or not at all in the regular teaching process, and 51% of the students were never trained by their teachers how to use digital tools for the needs in the learning process. These are some of the findings of...

The majority of young people would emigrate to a foreign country with higher taxes

7 out of 10 North Macedonian citizens aged between 18-24 would want to pay higher taxes and to live abroad, while the elderly would want to pay lower taxes and to remain to live in North Macedonia, shows the new study conducted by the Center for Economic Analyses (CEA) about the tax morality expressed through the tax payers' profile. The...

Research: There can never be enough reforms in the media

Has the media in the country been reformed after the period of full media darkness and the phase "captured state" especially in the period after 2011 and by the middle of 2016? How to get a free and powerful media - real bearers of the "fourth estate" in the country? Part of these questions were covered in the public policy document...

Research: There is a significant number of men in governing structures than women

Increasing the criteria for selecting governance structures with focus on experience, introducing a transparent application and selection procedure with public involvement, and checking existing nominees, are part of the recommendations from the study "Who" governs there", conducted by The Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis" - Skopje (IDSCS) and funded by the United Kingdom. At the presentation of the findings, it...

Research: Young people do not pay attention in reading and thinking

Most young people have relatively good knowledge and make appropriate efforts to find out whether certain news or other media content contains misinformation, however, examinations into their ability to think logically and careful reading, show that only 1 out of 100 meet the criteria for such a matter. This was demonstrated by new research conducted through the "Critical Thinking for Citizens with...

“CRTA”: In the Balkans, Macedonia, media quotes the most “unnamed sources”

Most media outlets using “unnamed sources” for quotes were published in Serbia, while in Macedonia “unnamed sources” for quotes were named as such, i.e. there were as many as 43 % of the announcements, according to a survey by the Serbian NGO "CRTA" conducted from May 14th to June 10th this year. It is an interesting fact that, according to...

Young people in the region have a negative attitude towards immigrants

Young people from countries in the Western Balkans, have a negative attitude towards immigrants, even though most of them have never come into contact with an immigrant. The main reason for the youth’s negative attitude towards immigrants is the negative perception of the religion of Islam. This was shown by research, and a survey on the perception and the attitudes of...

Eurobarometer: Macedonian citizens don’t trust the judiciary, the police and the political parties

Macedonian citizens have the least confidence in the judiciary system, the police, the public administration, the government, the parliament and the political parties, show the latest polls conducted by "Eurobarometer." With over 50%, the citizens trust the army (51%) and the European Union (53%). The research was conducted in May this year i.e. before the forming of the new government and...

Judges detain people because it is cheap

At today's presentation of the study on “Legal and budgetary implications of unjustified detainment”, held at the EU Info Centre in Skopje, it was pointed out that Macedonian courts have a going rate or amount of how much it costs each day spent in custody, which ranges from 2,500 to 3,500 denars (40-50 euros). "Knowing that the 'price' to restrict...

BIRN: Foreign Investors invested seven times less than what was announced

Foreign investors invested seven times less than what was announced and there are three times fewer jobs than promised, shows the database "Foreign investment under scrutiny" prepared by the journalistic team BIRN Macedonia. The survey looked at 138 investments which were announced or promoted by the government from 2007 to 2016. It shows that 43 foreign investments were not realized...

More than 50% of Young People Want to Leave the Country in Search of Employment

The rate of youth unemployment in Macedonia is 52.9%, which ranks the country third on the world list, says the study "Unemployment of Young People in Macedonia" conducted by the "Friedrich Ebert" Foundation this year. The research has shown that 60% of young people above the age of 18, believe that finding work in the country will be difficult. "Personal and political connections...