Tag Archives: municipalities

Municipalities in debts without criteria, mayors lack control in spending money

Goran Lefkov   Macedonian municipalities owe 100 million Euros only for unpaid invoices. Some of these costs have been made in cafes, for asphalting streets before elections, and a good part for temporary employment. Municipalities with most debts are: Ohrid with16 million Euros, Tetovo 15, Karposh 8, Bitola 5, Struga 4 million and Kumanovo 3,7 million Euros. Most stuck in mayoral debts are the citizens of Ohrid. The accounts...

The municipalities do not reveal how they spend public money

Most transparent municipalities are: Shtip, Bitola, Kavadarci, Veles and Ohrid   Goran Lefkov     Most of the municipalities in Macedonia are not so interested to inform their citizens how they spend public money. The research of the Center for Change Management, within the framework of the project “Monitoring the principles of public administration in preserving the values ​​of good governance”, showed that the transparency index in all municipalities...

Poor municipalities hinder development outside the capital

Failing to comply with the Law on Balanced Regional Development and taking money from the concession of natural resources, the state economically exhausts the municipalities. These conditions revolt citizens from other towns. Stojan from Kocani is unhappy how the state allocates money. “Everything is built in Skopje. Nothing in the other parts of Macedonia. It seems that once Skopje 2014 has been launched, no penny has been given apart...

Мunicipalities operate only for administration’s salaries, not for the citizens

Instead of government closer to citizens, municipalities are increasingly becoming institutions operating only for administration’s salaries. The investigation by SCOOP Macedonia shows that the increase in the number of employees before each cycle of local elections has led to a situation where more municipalities encash taxes and generate income only for employees’ salaries. Very few funds remain for paving streets, maintaining parks, schools or other areas important to the citizens....

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...

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...

Half a million Euros citizens’ money for the bottom of the First Football League table

Author: Violeta Kozinkova Originally published on TV Iris     “Municipality of Stip is facing serious financial problems. Municipal debt exceeds the sum of two million Euros”, was Ilco Zahariev’s first statement when he became the mayor of Stip. A year and a half after this statement, regarding financial situation of the municipality, he still says that it is worrying, but recently they have signed rebalancing of municipal budget,...