Party employment for dysfunctional municipalities

Municipality Rankovce is a leader by the number of employees in Macedonia. For 10 years this community has increased its staff by five times. In 2005 the municipality had 6 employees, while in 2014 their number rose to 31 people. Municipality Dolneni has had the same recruitment process for the past 10 years as Rankovce. But unlike Rankovce, this Pelagonija municipality has three times more inhabitants than Rankovce. Third...

Free Khadija!

A court in Azerbaijan has prolonged the pretrial detention period for Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL who has been behind bars since December. The Nasimi District Court in Baku ruled on May 14 that Ismayilova’s pretrial detention period will be extended for three months. Ismayilova, whose investigative reporting has exposed corruption by Azerbaijani government officials, was arrested on December 5 and initially charged with inciting...

Babies die due to bureaucratic obstacles

Petar is a young, 30-year-old man from a town in Macedonia. We met him to tell us the agony he went through trying to ensure prompt transport for operation of his newborn in Bulgaria. He excitedly tells what mazes he went through in those 7 days after the birth of his second child, who immediately after his birth had heart defect detected and a breathing problem. Hospital costs per...

COUNTRY OF RICH LEADERS

A modest house with little furniture, 1987 Volkswagen Beetle and other assets worth only 2 thousand dollars. This is the declaration of assets of the President of Uruguay, José Mujica, who is famous for being the world’s poorest president. In Macedonia it is difficult to find such a modest declaration of assets. Although the data entered is not complete, officials in Macedonia still have a lot to “boast” with....

New witnesses to abuses in “Lepeza” disclosed, Norwegian Embassy is checking

author: Stojanka Mitreska Soldier Ilija Todev from Veles who neither has a driving license, nor has ever taken the driving test in any driving school in the country, claims to have been on the list of soldiers who received a driving license through “Lepeza”. Contrary to the case of Todev, some time ago Inbox 7 published a story about a soldier – Zoran Karadakovski from Veles, also a former...

Number of municipal employees has doubled for a decade

Overstaffing in municipalities. This is the initial conclusion of the research of the Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia. From a sample of 10% of the total number of municipalities in the country, for 10 years the number of employees has increased at least twice. Number of employees in a representative sample of municipalities in 2005 and 2014 Municipality Number of employees in the municipality in 2005 Number of...

Flirting with NGO-s: Same organisations receive public money every year

Author: Aleksandar Dimitrievski   The Government of RM, in accordance with legislation in the late 90’s, regularly supports associations and foundations. The allocation of a certain amount of money by government decision is made by the current as it was by the previous governments. Various support funds have been opened throughout the years. So today money is given to foundations and associations through separate ministries, municipalities and at least...

Free economic zones – shrouded in mystery

It is problematic that the government’s support in economic zones is opaque, different budget items are used, which makes it particularly difficult to determine how much money has been spent for these foreign investors, analysts say author: Natasha Stojanovska Article is originaly published on May 6, 2015 at Faktor.mk Trying to attract more foreign investments, the government not only provides customs and tax exemptions, but also offers direct state...