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The work of the municipality administration and the processes of public procurement are moderately transparent, while nepotism, the practice “favor for a favor” and the conflict of interests at municipality administration are common practices. Compared with the past years, more respondents agree that Macedonia should enter the EU without changing its name, while 42% think that Macedonia is not yet ready to join the European family.

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These are just some of the study findings of the public opinion survey on the topic of “Perceptions on the situation with the conflict of interests and assessment of Macedonia’s progress in EU accession”, as part of the project “CSOs Watchdog Network to Prevent Spoils and Conflict of Interest in the Public Administration”. The research findings were presented on 22 May 2014 at the “Queens” Hotel. The presentation was followed by a public debate titled: “Macedonia on the road towards European Union, current perceptions of citizens”, with distinguished domestic experts in EU integrations as a participants.

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On the event, Jovan Bliznakovski from the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje (IDSCS) presented the project “CSOs Watchdog Network to Prevent Spoils and Conflict of Interest in the Public Administration” which is financially supported by the European Commission through IPA Civil Society Facility program, and implemented by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje (IDSCS), Ohrid Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs (OI) and Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM).

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Vladimir Misev, president of IDSCS, presented the main findings of a public opinion survey on the topic of “Perceptions on the situation with the conflict of interests and assessment of Macedonia’s progress in EU accession”. The report of the survey will be available on the web-page of IDSCS (www.idscs.org.mk) during next week.

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Guest participants in the debate were Mr. Ivan Damjanovski and Mrs. Julija Brsakoska Bazerkoska from the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje and Mrs. Malinka Ristevska Jordanova, director of European Policy Institute (EPI). Through comparative analysis, Damjanovski pointed out constantly positive perceptions of Macedonia’s citizens towards EU assessment, but also certain downward trend of this support in the last 5 years. Mrs. Julija Brsakoska Bazerkoska emphasized that on the way to EU it is a necessity to meet numerous political and economic criteria and then even after a formal accession still longer adapting periods to the European reality will be needed. At the end, Mrs. Malinka Ristevska Jordanova opened the question of the state of stagnation in the reforms and negotiations as well as the questions of the perceptions of the EU toward the country, which is domestically rarely discussed and analyzed.
The presentation of the main findings of a public opinion survey on the topic of “Perceptions on the situation with the conflict of interests and assessment of Macedonia’s progress in EU accession” can be downloaded here.