Presentation of guidelines on openness of state institutions in the Western Balkans countries

Presentation of guidelines on good governance of state institutions in the Western Balkans countries, with special accent laid on openness of parliaments in these countries took place on July 19, at the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, within the framework of the project ACTION SEE – Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in Southeastern Europe.

The event was inaugurated by the president of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, who stated that as Parliament’s president, one of his priorities is precisely the strengthening of transparency in the work of the Parliament, MPs and the parliament’s administration. Keynote speech was also delivered by Emil Atanasovski from Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which was followed by presentations of representatives of the organizations implementing the project and which conveyed the research in 6 countries: Metamorphosis Foundation from Macedonia, which is also the project coordinator, Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) from Montenegro, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) from Serbia, Citizens’ Association Why not? from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Open Data Kosovo and Mjaft from Albania.

Metamorphosis Foundation’s representative stated that the results show that Macedonia holds the last position in the region when it comes to the indicators on access to information. The Parliament is the most open compared to other institutions in Macedonia, however it’s below the average compared to other parliaments in the region.

Milena Gvozdenovic from Montenegro stated that the openness of Montenegrin’s executive power is the highest in the region. In addition, openness depends on responsible persons in the institutions, but in order to be so, a systemic solution is needed.

Roadmaps for institutions, which will contain practical instructions on improvement of openness and which are based on the documents analyzing the situation with the openness of the executive power, the Parliament, the judiciary and the local self-government, are being drafted within the framework of this project.

This event was attended by 60 representatives of the civil sector, MPs from the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, MPs from Montenegro, MPs from Bosnia and Herzegovina and media representatives as well.