The existence of a realistic and good plan for implementing the regulatory impact assessment processes and organizing substantive consultations with stakeholders are key elements for the creation of good research and assessment-based options.
The assessment of these two segments of RIA implementation in Macedonia (planning and consulting) in the period from 2014 to 2018, notes some improvement in the recent period, but also shows that they are still a weak link in the legislative process in Government and ministries.
In this period, only few ministries produced annual plans for implementation of RIA processes. However, although they had plans, these institutions often did not adhere to them.
The consultations as one of the key segments of RIA that should provide additional quality and transparency of laws are usually performed only formally without essentially allowing the public to contribute to the content of the legislation. That is a missed opportunity to revise the draft laws and possibly amend with quality remarks from the stakeholders.
These are part of the findings in the two policy briefs prepared within the project “Shadow RIA” implemented by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” and the Center for Economic Analysis, and is supported by the European Union