Advancing Public Participation in the Macedonian Parliament
The Assembly of Republic of Macedonia performs three key functions: it legislates, it oversees the work of the executive and it represents the citizens. In general elections, citizens elect the Members of Parliament (MPs) who, in turn represent them in deciding on issues of constitutional significance, in overseeing governmental institutions and adopting laws in the course of their term of office. However, the entitlement and the possibility for citizens to be represented, to participate and influence decision- making and the work of the Assembly does not end on Election Day. Democracy presupposes and offers citizens numerous ways to participate and influence law making, policy making and the work of their elected representatives in a period between two elections. The formal and informal modes for citizens, in their individual capacity or through citizens’ associations, to demand MPs to act within their mandate, to hold them accountable, to influence and contribute to their work, can be defined as public participation in the work of the Parliament.
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