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IDSCS at a Regional Conference in Belgrade “Major Corruption Challenges and Measures for Counteraction in Southeast Europe”

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The Institute for Democracy, represented by Ilina Mangova participated in a regional conference “Major Corruption Challenges and Measures for Counteraction in Southeast Europe” which on 22 May 2013 in Belgrade, Serbia was organized by the Network South-East Europe Leadership for Development and Integrity – SELDI. The conference served for final consultations and approval of the SELDI Strategy and the Action agenda for good governance and anti-corruption in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

The conference focused on three topics: 
a) Anticorruption Strategies and Institutions in Serbia and South-East Europe: States of
Play and Challenges;
b) Transparency in Public Finances: Corruption and Anti-corruption in Public Procurement
and Public Finances;
c) Monitoring Corruption and Anticorruption Reforms in SEE: the role, capacity and
integrity of the civil society.
During the conference Ilina Mangova presented on the topic “Is the Anti-Corruption Model Delivering Results in Macedonia?” and shared the conclusions and the recommendations from the recent research IDSCS conducted. Mangova emphasized that in a situation where there is low level of awareness in the institutions and public officials about transparency and accountability, it is necessary to implement legislative measure which will guarantee their transparency and accountability.

SELDI is an anti-corruption and good governance coalition of likeminded CSOs in Southeast Europe, involving partners from nine participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey). The network is coordinated by the Center for the Study of Democracy from Bulgaria and is operating on the basis of joint strategy and agreed action agenda. In addition to IDSCS, the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation and the Ohrid Institut are also partners on this project. The objective of the regional initiative is to contribute to a dynamic civil society in the region, capable of participating in public debate and influencing policy and decision-making process in the area of anti-corruption and good governance.

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