CoE: North Macedonia showing commitment, insufficient clarity on decentralisation

In its recommendation, Congress invited the government to further devolve powers to local self-government. [EPA-EFE / GEORGI LICOVSKI]

Political commitment to decentralisation is observed in North Macedonia, but more clarity in law and practice is needed to further improve the decentralisation reform in the country, according to a recommendation adopted by the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

In its recommendation, Congress invited the government to further devolve powers to local self-government. To this end, adequate funding is necessary, says the Congress, calling on the North Macedonia government to increase municipalities’ own share of local budget revenues.

The national authorities are also encouraged to improve digitalisation, further consolidate anti-corruption measures and implement capacity-building programmes at the local level.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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