INFORM National workshop in Macedonia
On 7 June 2017, the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis-Skopje (IDSCS) organized the first National Workshop in Skopje, Macedonia with representatives from the Secretariat for European Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Supply.
The goal of national workshops is to engage representatives of national offices for European integrations and other important stakeholders in order to raise awareness about the INFORM project, as well as to gather expert feedback on it.
The National Workshop in Skopje was organized to inform public administration officials about the research and findings of the INFORM project and to gather expert feedback on the topic of informal institutions in the European integration process.
The workshop participants emphasized the importance of the INFORM project in defining and understanding the relationship between informality and formality, as well as highlighting the influence of informal institutions on policy implementation and harmonization with the acquis.
The participants also pointed out that the motivation of the people directly working on the EU integration process is key for the process to be successful. Consequently, they noted, the motivation for transposition has significantly weakened due to the fact that Macedonia remains far from EU membership.
It was also pointed out that the state administration needs assistance through concrete policy papers and recommendations, especially on how to address informal obstacles. The participants stressed the need for a retention policy for the public administration in order to sustain the European integration process.
Location: Skopje, Macedonia