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Podcast: Marie Jelenka Kirchner – Making Europe Strong Again in its entirety. The German EU Council Presidency 2020 and its implications for North Macedonia

Podcast with Marie Jelenka Kirchner, Associate Researcher at IDSCS. Germany takes over their “Corona Presidency” of the Council of the EU with optimism for a strong European future. This optimism is reflected in today’s conversation with Marie Jelenka Kirchner,...

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A comparative overview of the role of parliaments in anti-corruption oversight in the region

The oversight role of the Parliament is key to ensuring increased accountability and transparency of the executive branch. Given the number and scope of the functions performed by the government, the risk of corruption is significant and therefore MPs...

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Podcast: Marie Jelenka Kirchner – Global change starts at the doorstep: Why the Western Balkans matter for Ursula von der Leyen’s geopolitical Commission

Podcast with Marie Jelenka Kirchner, Associate Researcher at IDSCS. Marie Jelenka in this podcast explains how the connected futures of the EU and the Western Balkans matter for the geopolitical vision of the Ursula von der Leyen’s EU Commission.

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Role of the Assembly in the European integration: anti-corruption

In early February 2020, the European Commission presented a new negotiating methodology. The key novelty is the grouping of chapters that the previous candidate countries negotiated, in the so-called “Clusters”. The reason for this is the connection between the...

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North Macedonia in NATO: a chance for an increased oversight role of the Parliament

The recent membership of North Macedonia in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is expected to mark increased activity in the defence and security reform processes, defence procurement in the country, and democratic control of the defence and security...

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Uniformity and Differentiation in the Fundamentals of EU Membership: The EU Rule of Law Acquis in the Pre- and Post-accession Contexts

The paper discusses the nexus between the EU pre-accession conditionality and membership obligations to guarantee respect for the rule of law as a founding value of the EU, common to the Member States. It does so through the prism...

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Institute for Democracy’s reaction on the outcome of the 2020 EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb

Amidst the uncertainty and upheaval of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, heads of states and governments from EU member states and the Western Balkans six countries met virtually on May 6th, 2020 for an online Western Balkan Summit co-hosted by...

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What can the public service system learn from the pandemic?

These hard times, when the world is governed by the COVID-19 pandemic, can still be used to learn lessons about the operation of public sector institutions providing services, and most of all about public enterprises. The pandemic caused by...

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Video: Who governs the public enterprises in North Macedonia, and what should be done

By amending the Law on Public Enterprises, the minimum conditions for board membership should be set, such as education and experience. This is only the first step towards improvement. What should follow is announcement of a public call for...

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Is the EU’s Accession Conditionality Paving the Way for a More Integrated Rule of Law Policy in the EU?

EU enlargement has been one of the principal vectors of differentiation in the process of European integration due to transitional opt-outs from some obligations (and privileges) of membership (Schimmelfennig 2014). Also, EU accession conditionality has demanded compliance with conditions...