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Too many advisers in administration: real necessity or accommodating party soldiers?

Authors: Angela Rajchevska, Bjanka Stankovikj, Kristina Atovska   The country allocates 266 thousand Euros a year for hiring special external advisers who are to advise ministers and other holders of state functions in order to perform their tasks more efficiently.   SCOOP came to this amount spent on 34 “special advisers” engaged in only 13 ministries.   Article 27 of the Law on Administrative Officers, the levels within the...

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...

SCOOP research: No one knows who drives them and where to

Authors: Bjanka Stankovikj Angela Petrovska Angela Rajchevska Until recently citizens have thought that the photos of expensive luxury vehicles with well-dressed officials coming out of them were a scene from a movie, but lately it has become a reality in the region. If the episode had not happened, infamously “celebrated” in the media with the famous official jeep that the former Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Dime...

Between personal gain and public interest: are the media also to blame for the crisis?

When the government began to implement campaigns and advertise them, most of the private media in Macedonia entered the race to grab a larger share of the pie. Experts say that not only advertisements but also tenders buy media support. This situation in the Macedonian media market has raised several questions and dilemmas: Have the media become a cover for the business? Can a medium as a private property...

KEY PLAYERS IN THE MEDIA BUSINESS: WHO OWNS THE MEDIA IN MACEDONIA?

The majority in the Macedonian Parliament, without much debate and deliberation, turned down the bill on reforms in the media just days before it was dissolved. The proposal, comprised under the advice of ex-mediator Peter Vanhoutte, was expected to be seriously addressed by MPs because of their leaders’ signature of the Przino Agreement. But with the rejection of this proposal another unfulfilled obligation remained ahead of the early parliamentary...

Business and politics in the media: Are reforms possible?

DOCUMENTATION     When in the spring of 1996 the first issue of the independent daily “Dnevnik” was published, the then government was aware that the time was coming of the media that it would not be able to control. “Dnevnik” and then the private TV “A1” soon became influential media, taking the power to create public opinion of the then media that were state-owned – newspapers “Nova Makedonija”,...