Experts warn Skopje authorities over “clearly disappointing” response to anti-corruption compliance

Experts confirmed today that “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” has made “no substantial progress” in complying with recommendations on preventing corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors..

In its second compliance report published today, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) declares that performance of “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” is “clearly disappointing.”

GRECO experts wants the authorities to take more determined and focused action in respect of recommendations issued four-and–a-half years ago.

Only six of the 19 recommendations have been implemented satisfactorily. Of the remaining recommendations, eight have been partially implemented and five have not been implemented.

With respect to members of parliament, none of the improvements recommended have been implemented even partially, with the exception of what concerns the elaboration of a code of conduct for parliamentarians, which is now back on track again after the project had been stalled in the end of 2016.

As for judges and prosecutors, the report finds that the country has made some limited progress, pointing out the adoption of the amendments to the Law on the Judicial Council (in December 2017 and May 2018).

GRECO also notes that new advisory and supervisory bodies are being created for judges and prosecutors to support the implementation of their respective rules of conduct in daily practice, but it will need to reassess these improvements when more specific information becomes available.

GRECO experts regret that no meaningful development has taken place to strengthen the control function and to support a more balanced and political interference-free approach of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC).

GRECO concludes that the current very low level of compliance with the recommendations is “globally unsatisfactory” and asks the head of delegation of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to provide a report on the country’s progress in implementing the recommendations by 30 June 2019, at the latest.

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