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Macedonia Drafts Law on Preventing Conflicts of Interest (SETimes.com)
"In the past 15 years, we have seen individual, family and party interests regularly taking precedence over public ones," said Transparency International's Macedonia director, Zoran Jacev.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
The ICG report just confirmed those concerns," said Zoran Jacev, president the local branch of Transparency International.The amount is roughly equal to the money pledged by the donors' conference.
The ICG recommends conditioning financial aid on anti-corruption reforms, the appointment of a foreign adviser to the Macedonian government and the establishment of international watchdogs inside the most dishonest institutions.
However, outside agencies have a difficult task ahead of them.A new biweekly magazine called Manifest, in an article titled "Macedonia must defend itself from a soft coup" labelled ICG
, along with IWPR
, Forum magazine
, Soros' Open Society Institute
, Transparency International
and other non-governmental organisations as "enemy forces trying to interfere and destabilise the country" and placed them in the middle of a global "conspiracy against Macedonia".
OneWorld.net / In depth / Politics / Ethics & value systems
20.10.2005 Zoran Jacev, the President of Transparency Macedonia, said the Macedonian efforts to fight the corruption seem to be frozen into one place, according to its position in 103rd place on the global list of corruption, published last week by Transparency International. more ... Related topics/regions: [Macedonia (FYROM)] [Governance] [Geopolitics] [Ethics & value systems] [Corruption & transparency] [Civil society] Image: Zoran Jacev at the presentation of the Global Corruption Perception List © Dejan Georgievski
Zoran Jachev, President of ...
Zoran Jachev, President of Transparency International, Macedonia
Macedonia at Crossroads in Battle with Corruption
"Corruption here has been rising rapidly in the past few years and it seems things are only getting worse," said Zoran Jacev of the Macedonian branch of Transparency International, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting graft.
"The pressure on the people to give bribes is rising, but what is more worrying is that people seem more ready to give their money," Jacev
said graft had reached alarming proportions, laying waste to the legal, regulated part of the economy, and could endanger the flow of badly needed foreign assistance.
In March international donors pledged a $515 million aid package for Macedonia to help it rebuild an impoverished economy devastated by last year´s six-month conflict between state security forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents.
But many Macedonians fear this money might be "eaten" by corruption that thrived during the crisis.
"The chaos that resulted created yet more space for shady business," Jacev
"At least we now have the framework in which people can be prosecuted and convicted," Jacev
Public pressure can also help.Political parties are preparing for elections that should be held in September and corruption looks like being the key issue.
"If this pressure continues with the same intensity as now it might assist in battling corruption," said Jacev