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Assessment of Good Governance in North Macedonia and the region through the Openness Index – Parliament and the Executive Government

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. 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 […]

DIGITAL AGENDA OBSERVATORY – Country Report and Roadmap for Digital Agenda advancement in North Macedonia

Only with a clear and understandable approach to all citizens, without exception, can there be a sustainable digitalization in all spheres as an effective mechanism for significantly improving the lifestyle of the population. When we talk about digitalization in all spheres, we refer to the advancement and bigger efficiency of the institutions, organisations and other entities. Being witnesses of the pandemic crisis, we can note that this is a more than needed step for a better functioning of the society, and we can see how this unfortunate circumstance has accelerated the spread of knowledge about benefits from the digitalization. However, […]

The conditions and challenges for conducting online teaching in elementary schools

The Metamorphosis Foundation, within the project Open Educational Resources, supported by the Foundation Open Society-Macedonia (FOSM), conducted a research on the conditions for online teaching, focused on elementary schools in our country. The purpose of this research was to determine the conditions and challenges for online teaching in elementary schools in RNM in the period March – June 2020, and through empirical knowledge to give relevant recommendations for improving the situation and addressing the identified challenges. We hope that the analysis of the collected data and the recommendations given in this document will contribute to improving the situation with online ...

The electoral system remains a source of crisis in North Macedonia

With the latest amendments to the Electoral Code from February 2020, some improvements have been made, primarily in voter registration, in voting procedures, and in expanding and clarifying the competencies of the State Audit Office (SAO) and the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) on financial control. However, the election model remained with six constituencies (in the country) and with a proportional collection of results, favoring only the major parties and reducing citizen participation and cyclically causing political crises. This is the main finding of the Metamorphosis survey conducted in May 2020, as part of a regional project that […]

Anti-corruption reforms: SCPC and civil society organizations – rare lights in the tunnel

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 main finding of a survey conducted by the Metamorphosis Foundation during a regional good governance project in April 2020. The enormous number of cases that the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) is facing and the cooperation with […]

Judicial Reforms: the legal framework is completed, EU is satisfied, but there are still doubts in the country

The key area for faster EU integration, the functioning of the legal state and the rule of law, in one word – the judiciary, is currently in a strange situation difficult to define. Progress has been registered compared to 2019 both in terms of the legal framework and in terms of advancing the practice in some segments of the judiciary. With the adoption of the new Law on Public Prosecution on the last day of the session of the Parliament, 16 February 2020, the legal framework was, de facto, completed. All key laws in the area referring both the judiciary […]

Media Reforms: Great Expectations – Little Achievement

Being familiar with the yo-yo effect in many areas that are critical to democracy in the Republic of North Macedonia, we titled last year’s media sector reform survey “Media Reforms – Never Enough”. We assessed this are as generally positive but also cautioned against the dangers if the reforms are not continued. An additional problem for the viability of commercial media is the pandemic with the new coronavirus and the disease it causes – the COVID-19. As part of the fight against the spread of the disease, despite restrictive measures by the state, the media is increasingly complaining that many […]

Public Administration Reform: The merit system remains a problem, while the digitization of services progresses

The reform of the most complicated part of society for reforming – the public administration – is advancing, though not at the desired speed and in segmentation. This would be the basic conclusion of the second consecutive survey of the course of public administration reforms that we conducted in January this year.

Regional roadmap on good governance for the Western Balkans countries

Between December 2018 and March 2019, the consortium of 6 regional countries as well as the Westminster Foundation for Democracy developed the Regional Openness Index, which served as an indicator regarding the measuring of the level of transparency of governments and ministries of the Western Balkans countries as well as availability of information to citizens. The Regional Roadmap on good governance of the Western Balkans countries unites the separate national action plans of the Western Balkans countries and incorporates high level recommendations for each institution to improve the transparency. Following the principles of transparency, this paper lays down a series of issues: ...