CSO reports on UNCAC implementation in North Macedonia

27 November 2019 –

The Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation (MCIC) recently published various reports assessing North Macedonia’s anti-corruption framework and its implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), as well as the involvement of civil society organisations in UNCAC review processes in the region. The reports were already presented in May 2019, but have only now become available in English.

Contributing to the second UNCAC review cycle, MCIC released a Shadow Report on the Second Cycle Review Process and Implementation of the UNCAC, analysing the country’s implementation of Chapters II and V of the UNCAC.  Key recommendations include improving state institutions’ transparency, the inclusion of all stakeholders in the UNCAC implementation and review process, and a full and non-selective application of the regulations.

Another report, produced in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN), compares the involvement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the UNCAC review process in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and North Macedonia. The report advises states to commit to the principles outlined in the UNCAC Coalition’s Transparency Pledge by publishing updated schedules for the country review, publicly sharing the key documents of the review and by involving CSOs throughout the process. In addition, the report also emphasises the need for further CSO awareness-raising activities about the implementation of the UNCAC, and for improved cooperation between CSOs regionally.

The third publication, called Report on Compliance of the Macedonian Legislation with the International Recommendations for efficient Fight against Corruption evaluates the anti-corruption reforms implemented by North Macedonia from 2013 onwards. This evaluation is based on the recommendations issued in reports by the European Commission from 2013 – 2018 and an analysis of the 4thevaluation cycle provided by the Group of Countries against Corruption (GRECO) in 2014. The report concludes that state institutions in North Macedonia need to become more independent, transparent and accountable, and that existing strategies and newly adopted reforms need to be fully implemented.

You can find out more about the work of the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation (MCIC), an affiliated member organisation of the UNCAC Coalition, on their website.

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