Anti-corruption policies and narratives are gaining ground in the government agendas in the Western Balkans region.

North Macedonia is one of the countries facing serious challenges in the fight against corruption. The government, regardless of the outcome, has made substantial efforts to address this phenomenon.

Faced with citizens’ expectations and the increased focus on the rule of law in the negotiation process with the European Union, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia has upgraded the institutional framework to better coordinate the policies.

The introduction of a special portfolio of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the fight against corruption and the announcement of two action plans for the fight against corruption contributed to centralization and raising of the anticorruption narrative and performance in the hands of the Prime Minister. This process partly shifts the responsibility for success in the fight against corruption onto the Prime Minister and his deputies.

Although the plans are a government activity, Parliament is still a key segment in their implementation and requires closer communication and earlier involvement of MPs in designing policies that depend on legal changes. In terms of Parliamentary oversight, the Parliament needs to find a way to adapt the monitoring of anti-corruption institutions, conditions of centrally coordinated activities, and where it will locate the responsibility for implementation.

This policy brief aims to examine the mechanisms through which the fight against corruption, which initially started as fragmented, is now becoming a policy with centralized elements, coordinated by the Prime Minister and his deputies, and how this affects the oversight mechanisms of Parliament.

 

You can read the policy brief here:

Centralized efforts, fragmented responsibilities: Government anticorruption plans and the role of the Parliament