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Centre for Good Governance

Objectives

The Centre for Good Governance aims to promote and work on initiatives to encourage and establish the principles of good governance in the functioning of the political system and in social life.
The Institute for Democracy shall follow the principles of good governance set by the United Nations Organization as follows: – Participation
– Rule of law
– Transparency
– Responsiveness
– Consensus- oriented
– Equity and Inclusion
– Effectiveness and Efficiency
– Accountability
The Centre for Good Governance will meet its objectives through research activities – data collection, monitoring, analysis – and advocacy activities – proposals for public policies, promotional activities and actions towards political, government, public institutions and the general public. The Centre for Good Governance will ensure that the IDSCS applies these principles and acts in accordance with the assertion “practice what you preach”.

Main areas of activity and focus

The main thematic areas of the Centre of good governance include: the process of making public policies, the functioning of the legislative and executive authority, anti-corruption policies, policies on transparency and open data, informal political and social relations, elections and electoral politics, multicultural policies, decentralization and political culture.

Centre for European integration

Objectives

The Center for European Integration (CEI) aims to promote and work on initiatives and projects to support, monitor, research and evaluate the process of joining the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union. In pursuit of this goal, the Center is committed to actively involving all socio-political actors and stakeholders in the process. Also, the Center acts in the direction of promoting the regional cooperation between state and non-state actors from the Western Balkans.

At the European level, CEI’s work is aimed at raising the cooperation with renowned analytical centers and universities of the Member States of the European Union on current and relevant topics related to the functioning and future development of European institutions.

Main areas of activity and focus

Areas in which CEI works are 1) the Berlin Process; 2) monitoring the Government’s reform agenda; 3) monitoring the public opinion about the process of state accession to the EU; and 4) the policy of enlargement and conditionality of the European Union.

Beginning in 2016, CEI, together with partner organizations from the Western Balkan region, systematically monitors and analyzes areas and policies related to the Berlin Process. In March 2018, IDSCS with eight partners and researchers from the Western Balkans established the Southeast European Think Net Network – the first regional network to monitor the development of the Berlin Process.

Since 2017, CEI at IDSCS is following the reform agenda of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia through constant monitoring of the key governmental reform plans and programs, as well as the package of reforms that the state should deliver in the process of joining the EU.

IDSCS follows the public opinion on the process of Macedonia’s accession to the EU since 2004. The public opinion search is systematized and methodologically harmonized in 2014. From 2016, in the analysis of public opinion on the Macedonia’s accession process to the EU, current socio-political issues are added for any given year.

The Center is specialized in the policy of enlargement and conditionality of the EU. The Center participates in projects and activities, but also works on preparation of academic papers and public policy documents that analyze this policy and its practical application.

Center for Parliamentary Support

Objectives

The Center for Parliamentary Support (CPS) aims to promote and work on initiatives and projects to support, monitor, research and evaluate the work of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. In pursuit of this goal, the Center is committed to actively involve all socio-political actors and stakeholders in the process. CPS is also involved with promoting cooperation between state and non-state actors in Macedonia, as well as the inclusion of relevant international stakeholders whose field of interest is the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

Main areas of activity and focus

Areas in which the CPS works and seeks to promote improvement are:

1) Monitoring the discourse quality in Parliament; 2) Measuring the public opinion on the work of Parliament; 3) Supporting the process of Parliamentary reform; and 4) Researching and advocating for the improvement of the role of Parliament

The Center for parliamentary support was officially established in January, 2019. However, IDSCS began monitoring the quality of Parliamentary discourse and the media coverage of the work on Parliament since June, 2014, having a long tradition of focusing on the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. The second monitoring period began in September 2015, and was supported by the Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation. The project will become a program in 2018. The Institute for democracy, as a part of the Parliamentary support program, besides actively monitoring the discourse quality will continue measuring the public opinion on the work of Parliament – a research that IDSCS has been conducting since 2009. Systematized and methodologically harmonized, this measuring of the public opinion has also been upgraded over the years in order for it to be aligned with the current socio-political issues. The center for Parliamentary support in IDSCS also manages the scholarship fund for postgraduate studies of the Parliamentary service and the Parliamentary Institute, aiming at improving the professional service in the within the Assembly. The center for parliamentary support in IDSCS actively involves the monitors of the discourse quality as part of the program. It also uses the expertise of all the members of IDSCS in the analysis of the work of Parliament. Besides the active participation in projects and activities, CPS works on the development of academic articles and policy papers, which more thoroughly analyze the work of Parliament and the political system of the Republic of Macedonia.