Tag Archives: Macedonia

SCOOP investigation: Macedonian MEP’s regional leaders in travel costs

author: Goran Lefkov   From 2010 to 2016, only one MP was paid an average of around 40,000 Euros for travel expenses. In the same period in Slovenia, for travel and other expenses, 36,000 Euros were paid to one Member of Parliament, 19,000 Euros in Bulgaria, 14,000 Euros in Kosovo, and only 6,000 Euros in Kosovo. These figures show that Macedonian MPs are among the highest paid in the...

State institutions were charged 10 times more for heating

SCOOP team reviewed all whistleblower’s findings. We decided to ask him for a meeting to see if these clues were real. After long persuasion and guarantees for protection of his identity, we met in a restaurant at the exit of Skopje. After a short wait, a middle-aged man appeared, visibly frightened for his safety. However, we could notice his determination to share all information of general interest with the...

Cardboard for Curtains: Life in Macedonia’s Hospitals

April. For many it’s the best time of year, when people wake from a cold and long winter. For others, such as nurse Hava Sait Nexhip, it means the beginning of an annual, months-long water shortage at the medical campus outside Skopje where she has worked for eight years. “Each April till September we don’t have water,” Sait Nexhip says, though she can offer no explanation. “But this year...

Why do same companies win state tenders?

author: Goran Lefkov   Transmet. A company which has built its rise and spread with public tenders. And in the past 5 years there were 11 like these, tenders higher than 1 million Euros, with a total amount of over 56 million Euros. The largest of them is worth 38 million Euros obtained in 2013 by ELEM. The tender was for coal excavation from the landslide of the mine...

THE OLDEST LAKE IN EUROPE IN SERIOUS DANGER

author: Goran Lefkov With the oldest and deepest lake in Europe, Ohrid is the most attractive destination for foreign tourists. With its natural beauty and cultural and historical monuments, Ohrid is known as the pearl of the Balkans. The nature has painstakingly been creating Ohrid’s beauty for millions of years. Dozens of endemic species that can be found only here and nowhere else in the world live in the...