With the support of USAID’s Civic Engagement Project and the National Endowment for Democracy, Metamorphosis Foundation in cooperation with the partners from the regional network of CSOs Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in South East Europe (ACTION SEE), has prepared an assessment of the state of good governance of the parliaments and the executive branches of the central governments of four Western Balkan states – North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the parliaments of Croatia and Slovenia. The assessment is the result of a comprehensive empirical research based on the Openness Index, which aims to determine the degree to which good governance principles are observed in the region. This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the performance of the Executive Government and the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia in particular, but also provides a summary of the overall performance of the respective institutions in our region. The regional perspective serves as a reference to how the states of the region are advancing toward improving good governance and the rule of law that leads them toward their strategic goal of EU membership.
This paper is enriched with practical recommendations as to how the executive government and the Parliament in North Macedonia can improve their observation of the good governance principles in the future. The recommendations will be communicated to senior civil servants in all of the monitored institutions through meetings as well as to the general public via social media and public events.
This assessment is prepared by the Metamorphosis Foundation and the ACTION SEE network under the Civic Engagement Project with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in synergy with a project financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).