A debate on “Models of accountability in the national security system” in North Macedonia, organised by Metamorphosis Foundation

On October 22, 2019, Metamorphosis Foundation organized a debate on “Models of accountability in the national security system” which gathered academics who discussed the challenges of good governance, the functionality of internal control mechanism and the role of the Citizens’Monitoring Council.

Ms. Magdalena Lembovska from Eurothink talked about the challenges of good governance and models of accountability of the institutions that implement the legislations connected to national security stating that “The system is quite complex, it is difficult for journalists to follow all the bodies and regulations. It is also difficult from the point of view of oversight and control – we have 3 oversight parliamentary committees and the legislation itself disables and as we go further we get entangled in that system.”

Prof. Marjan Gjurovski from the Faculty of Security, University St. Kliment Ohridski University from Bitola shed light to the Integral Security Law as one of the pillars of security system transformation. He compared the reform process to having a canvas and a projector, and not having a computer.

Mr Aleksandar Nikolov from ZENIT who talked about the overseeing the legality and effectiveness of communications interception measures, reckoned that the media do not have the capacity internally to have specialized journalists and that the civil society has not shown the capacity to convey these topics to the media.

The event was supported by IFEX and the European Union through the ACTION SEE project.