The inspectorate offices that operate under the auspices of the municipal administrations in the Republic of North Macedonia face numerous problems and challenges. Many local administrations lack the adequate and sufficient human and financial resources, equipment and technical capacities to organize efficient inspectorate services.
The legislation that regulates the work and procedures followed by the municipal inspectorates is not synchronized and often quite contradictory. Rural and small municipalities believe that the legislation on inspection control and supervision should be made more precise and detailed, to better respond to their needs and capacities that differ greatly from the capacities of the big, urban municipalities.
These are just some of the findings from the Research: Municipal Inspection Control and Supervision – Problems and Challenges. The NGO Info-centre, under the auspices of the “Civil Monitoring of Local Level Inspection Services”, conducted a mapping survey of existing organisational set-up and functioning of inspectorates that fall within the scope of competences of municipal administrations, as well as the key problems and challenges they face.
The mapping survey covered all 80 municipalities and the City of Skopje. In November 2019, requests for access to public information and a questionnaire were submitted to the municipalities and the City of Skopje, on all key questions related to the organisation and functioning of municipal inspection control and supervision offices. A total of 68 municipalities (84% of all municipalities in the country) responded to the requests and provided the requested information.
This report offers analysis of information and findings received from: The municipal administrations that answered the FOI requests and the questionnaire; analysis of relevant documents, regulations, municipal web-sites and decisions of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (Macedonian abbreviation DKSK); the focus group conducted with eleven experts and representatives of CSOs that work on national and local level; interviews with representatives of municipal administrations and relevant state institutions (Ministry of Local Self-Government, State Local Self-Government Inspectorate), including the Association of Units of Local Self-Government (Macedonian abbreviation ZELS).
The mapping survey (preparation, implementation and analysis) was completed in the period November 2019 – March 2020, supported by U.S Embassy in Skopje.