Pre-election employments: More than 1,000 new utility employees in just two years

DOCUMENTATION Obsolete equipment, reduced efficiency and disgruntled citizens. This is the image of utilities, where it seems that nothing changes except the number of employees. The research of the Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia showed evidence that the number of utility employees increases for every election. In 2005 there were 6,034 utility employees, in 2008 and 2009 on the eve of local elections further 1,000 people were employed. More than 1,000 people were employed before the local elections in 2013 and parliamentary elections in 2014. Using the Law on Free Access to Public Information we sent requests to all utilities via municipalities which are their founders and we received a response from 61 municipality. The total number of inhabitants living in municipalities that submitted answers is 1.715 million. “The reasons for such situation should be sought in politics”,...

State Commission for Prevention of Corruption in chaos: fight against corruption or protection?

Outdated data, deleted declarations of assets of former officials and a long list of current elected officials who have not submitted any yet. This picture is provided by the database of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption when citizens try to find out how the body in charge of protection against misuse of their money by state officials works. The website of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption has no information about the property of Saso Mijalkov, former director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence and PM Nikola Gruevski’s cousin. There is also no data about the former Minister of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski, ex-Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska and her former assistant, Ivo Koteski, as well as the ex-director of the Public Revenue Office, Goran Trajkovski. Although no longer ministers, declarations of assets of the...

Macedonian students with worst standards in the Balkans

Macedonia is a country of pensioners, they receive free baths, free transport, larger pensions. Unlike students, who are to bear the burden of the Macedonian society, thrown on the margins and have the worst living in the Balkans and beyond Dilapidated roofs and floors. Crumbling walls, ruined buildings. This is the picture of the Macedonian dormitories. This image is synonymous with Macedonian student standard. SCOOP Macedonia did a research on student living in Macedonia compared to other Balkan countries. For this purpose, we compared several parameters of student standards in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. These countries are closest to us geographically and according to development. In all comparisons our students live much more miserably than all the other students in the capitals of the Balkans.   Four students get as one pensioner   The average pension in...

Five bureaucrats whose salary is higher than the PM’s

Members of the Public Procurement Council (Ivica Kostojchinoski, Zlatko Arsov, Zoran Trajanovski, Suad Zejnulovikj and Borce Hristov) have higher salaries even than the President of the country, the Head of the Assembly and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia. This is data collected by the Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia, using the Law on free access to public information. The lowest salary in this body was paid to Ivica Kostojchinoski in September 2014 of 97, 090 denars, while the highest to Zoran Trajanovski in June 2015 of 114,337 denars. Besides salaries, members of the Public Procurement Council are entitled to 1.860 denars for phone and 1,500 denars for restaurant services. In addition, the state pays Ivica Kostojchinoski a rent and utilities for an apartment in Skopje in the amount of 250 Euros per month. Aleksandar Argirovski,...

Board members live luxuriously; companies do not have for salaries and new mechanization

Winter 2015. An idyllic picture in Macedonia. Snow-covered land, impassable roads and many villages cut off. The public enterprise Makedonija Pat has no money for new machinery, but has money to give to the managing board exceeding the number of people under the law. Namely, the Board of Directors of this public company has 13 members, which is illegal. Using the legal right to free access to public information, SCOOP Macedonia came to data on illegal membership in the boards of directors of some companies, as a continuation of the previous research that showed how board members earn both salaries and honoraria. Under Article 21 of the Statute of PE Makedonija Pat, maximum number of members should be 5.   Lawyers say this is illegal. “Membership of more members in the Board of Directors, as stipulated in the company’s...

Board members and officials: receiving both salaries and honoraria

DOCUMENTATION   Nebojsa Stajkovic has been a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of “Macedonian Telecom” AD Skopje since April this year, after previously, since 2009, he had performed the same function in “T-Mobile” Macedonia AD Skopje. In the past 9 years at the same time he has been working as assistant minister in the Ministry of Interior (MOI) responsible for IT and telecommunications. Seemingly, nothing at stake except the fact that Stajkovic works in the ministry which is legally responsible to cooperate with operators, including “Macedonian Telecom” AD Skopje. Telecom, as it is known, has lately been particularly topical for the affair for alleged bribe of politicians associated with prolongation of market liberalization. Nebojsa Stajkovic is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Macedonian Telecom AD-Skopje and at the same time he works as an...

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