Political parties or business groups?

By donating 300 thousand denars, 44-year-old lawyer Arber Isaku decided, with his own financial resources, to contribute to the victory of the Democratic Union for Integration in the snap elections held in April 2014. He stands as one of the 13 contributors to the report of the State Audit Office. In those elections, DUI won 19 MPs and continued to be a partner in the VMRO-DPMNE government. Two years...

VMRO-DPMNE one of the richest parties in Europe

SCOOP in April this year published and mapped title deeds of all four main political parties in Macedonia. That article with supporting documents can be found here.   VMRO-DPMNE is a leader in Europe according to the square meters it possesses as a political party. It has 93 title deeds for party seats around the country with 33,238 square meters in buildings, agricultural land and pastures. According to the...

Corruption in the Macedonian football

On 29 July 2012 Ilco Gjorgjioski was elected as new president of the Football Federation. He is former player and national team coach. A good background and a good start by then. Unfortunately, a period of the largest decline of football in the country started with him becoming a president. Macedonia has dropped 36 places for 4 years. In July 2012, when Gjorgjioski became president of FFM, the country...

SCOOP’s new series – UPCLOSE: The price of pollution

Center for investigative journalism SCOOP Macedonia continues with UPCLOSE, a series of short documentary films which last year started big buzz in Macedonian public, especially the very first one, on student standard’s topic.  This time UPCLOSE is focused on the biggest polluters in Macedonia. This will be also a series of short documentaries with exceptional quality. Despite journalistic investigation, viewers will enjoy great visualization and special effects. Watch us...

Anti-corruption in crisis: 520 thousand euro and just one charge

After the Parliament passed the Law on Corruption Prevention in 2002 a special commission was formed in the country with a wide range of authorities to combat this negative phenomenon. At that time, when corruption became the biggest threat to democracy, this commission was a hope that this social evil will finally start clearing. “Do not forget, it was one of the first anti-corruption institutions in the region and...

SCOOP – Macedonia, winner of the second prize for the story “Macedonian students with the worst standards in the Balkans”

Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia journalist – Angela Rajchevska won the second prize “Jan Briza” at this year’s international festival of short radio and television articles and printed, that is online research stories titled “On the Record”, which took place from 26 to 28 May 2016 in Novi Sad. Rajchevska was awarded in the category of printed, that is, online research articles for the story “Macedonian students with...

Parties’ property – invisible in reports

Parties’ finances are under scrutiny of the institutions, but not as much as their property, which should be available to the public, experts comment on the SCOOP-Macedonia published story, where we published detailed title deeds of the four main parties. Although the parties claim that they regularly make inventory and submit these documents to the state institutions, however, on their web sites no annual financial statements can be seen,...

SCOOP reveals political parties’ property: from fields and pastures to luxury apartments and buildings (update)

DOCUMENTATION Shops, yards, fields, buildings, flats…This is just part of the ownership of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE, which appears as the owner of 100 title deeds where places unknown to the general public can be seen. The biggest properties owned by the party of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski are in Saraj, Kisela Voda and Centar, where VMRO-DPMNE owns buildings, apartments and pastures. Unlike them, SDSM owns far smaller property; the...