Posts by CIJ SCOOP Macedonia:

  • Mayors feasting with people’s money

    author: Goran Lefkov   (The story was is supported within the NED project “Promoting accountability through investigative reporting”)
  • Top 10 richest mayors weigh 13 million Euros

    authors: Bjanka Stankovich, Angela Petrovska and Angela Rajchevska   In the upcoming local elections, in the race for the municipalities’ first people, the parties have proposed their candidates. In 55 out of 82 municipalities, the lists of candidates have the names of well-known mayors. Only in the other 27 municipalities there are new candidates. SCOOP processed the data on the assets of the candidates who will run again for...
  • SCOOP awarded for the best documentary on pollution in Skopje

    Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia has received the award for the best documentary on pollution in Skopje by the organization Green Globe. The film “Pollution: Skopje has reached Beijing” was released in January this year and described ways to reduce the pollution in the capital. Besides SCOOP, Green Globe also awarded Gorjan Jovanovski for the application My Air, Donce Iliovski for Best Eco Photography, “One on One” show...
  • Regional survey: Whistleblowers with lowest support in Macedonia

    A survey on public perceptions of whistleblowing in Macedonia was conducted by the Regional Cooperation Council in 2017. A representative sample of 1,000 people answered a range of questions on the issue. SCOOP Macedonia was one of the organizers of last year Whistleblower day in Skopje. SCOOP is part of Southeastern Europe coalition for whistleblower protection. The survey reveals the strong need for improved public education and awareness on...
  • Million euros for big appetites: Less uniforms for more lunches

    By Goran Lefkov    They do not have equipment, they wear old uniforms, eat food that does not satisfy their needs. But their superiors eat in expensive restaurants with rich tables and spend a lot on catering services and representation. So for 6 years these two ministries spent 2.8 million Euros only for representation, of which the Ministry of Interior spent 1.5 million Euros, whereas the Ministry of Defense,...
  • DRINKING WATER FOR EVERY HOUSE INSTEAD OF LUXURY OFFICIAL VEHICLES

    DOCUMENTATION authors: Bjanka Stankovich, Angela Petrovska and Angela Rajchevska     Municipalities spend huge amounts for fuel and service maintenance of their official vehicles. Fuel costs are also big and they affect the municipal budget. The SCOOP team sent requests under free access to public information to all municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia. The authorities were asked for information on the amounts spent on fuel annually for the...
  • Kancheska overnight at Hilton, Sheraton and Ritz and shopping at “Versace”

    DOCUMENTATION Four thousand and three hundred Euros from the personal card of former Minister of Culture to goverment of Republic of Macedonia, Elizabeta Kanchevska Milevska were transferred to the account of the famous hotel chain Hilton in just one day. However, not from her private account, but from the account of the budget filled by the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia. Yet Hilton was not the only destination...
  • REPRESENTATION 2: RESTAURANT INVOICES ARE HIDDEN AS IF THEY WERE A STATE SECRET

    authors: Bjanka Stankovich, Angela Petrovska and Angela Rajchevska (here you can read Part One) Searching for the true picture of how rationally the municipal bureaucracy behaves and whether for the citizens’ benefit, the SCOOP research team visited several municipalities. Under the Law on Free Access to Information, it addressed all 82 municipalities. From most of them we received data and documents on how and what the mayors and their...