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In North Macedonia, public pressure opens a door to combat entrenched corruption Print E-mail
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-By Slagjana Taseva, Chair, TI Macedonia
 
11.02.2021 The launch of the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index in North Macedonia at the end of January 2021 caused a reaction unlike any seen here before. Our abysmal performance in the index has created a renewed sense of urgency for the fight against corruption, which will hopefully lead to real political will and lasting change. At the same time, reactions to the index have once again revealed issues in the media landscape, judiciary and space for civil society that threaten to create continue obstacles to progress. 
 
North Macedonia scores just 35 points in the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, putting the country in 111th place out of 180 countries assessed. In 2014 we ranked 64th. This precipitous fall down the index led to widespread media attention and reactions from across the political spectrum.
 
Perhaps predictably, the main opposition political party used the results to attack the government, blaming it for the index results. On the other hand, the Vice President for Anti-Corruption and Crime, Sustainable Development and Human Resources, Ljupcho Nikolovski, announced that the government is working hard to eradicate all the corruption and irregularities of the previous 11 years, when the former government was in power. 
  

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Project: Combating Illicit Financial Flows Print E-mail
Project: Combating Illicit Financial Flows, “How the Anti Money Laundering Regulations Respect the Data Protection”
 
Project duration: December 1st 2020 - May 31st 2021. 

Project objective: To provide assessment of the national legal and institutional approximation of each country’s legislation with the 4th (1)  and 5th (2)  European Union AML Directives.

This is the first regional project on Anti Money Laundering VS Data Protection conducted between the four countries: North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. 

The project team is composed of two experts from each one of the four countries, one who will be reflecting on Anti Money Laundering, and another one who will be reflecting on Data Protection provisions. The experts will be analyzing the existing anti-money laundering practices in the four countries, and where possible, uncover the failures to address the issue of Data Protection both in the regulation and in practice. 

There will be 4 national reports and a final regional report that will be presented to the authorities and will encompass information on how the Anti-Money Laundering/ Combating Financial Terrorism VS Data Protection is organized across the region. 
 
 

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Captured states in the Western Balkans and Turkey Print E-mail

Politicians and their networks are controlling their nations’ affairs to profit from corruption with impunity

 

 

16.12.2020 A law passed in Albania has given A.N.K Sh.P.K., a company close to the ruling Socialist Party, a hugely overpriced contract for building a 17.2 km road. The construction costs are expected to be almost €300 million, over twice the amount the government had envisaged. In Turkey, a law reclassified a protected wetland so that Istanbul’s new airport could be built on it. Six people in Macedonia are accused of laundering around €4.5 million to finance the VMRO-DPMNE political party. Among them is former prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who is also implicated in several other corruption scandals.

These are examples of state capture, when powerful individuals and groups use corruption to shape a nation’s policies, laws and economy to benefit their own private interests. It allows the corrupt to maintain their power, get rich from the state and avoid punishment.

Ordinary citizens pay for this through loss of livelihood, poor public services, limited opportunities and by losing trust in democracy as they see government institutions serve private interests.

This is happening at all levels of government – from local authorities to the executive – in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. Here, chains of loyalty and mutual benefits are leading officials to abuse their office and tighten the grip of a few networks on these countries.

A new Transparency International report on the Western Balkans and Turkey reveals the causes of this state capture, as well as two enabling factors that allow it to happen: undue influence on the judiciary and on law-making.

 

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Infrastructure of Integrity-Corruption and anti-corruption pledges in the Western Balkans Print E-mail
06.10.2020 Corruption is one of the main challenges to the rule of law, life chances and people’s livelihoods in the Western Balkans. It is both a cause and consequence of a criminal culture that permeates the region, and the way that corruption is linked to politics suggests a degree of organized corruption, and even elements of state capture, in a number of countries in the region.

In the Western Balkans there is little research on corruption and organized crime, and there is near silence within academia and intelligentsia on the subject. Regionally, there is also limited engagement by civil society on the topic of corruption. Many initiatives, including this report, rely on external support.
 
 
 
 
 
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