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Follow up – Macedonia and IPA Funds – guidelines for Civil Society Organizations & expectations for the future
Follow up – Macedonia and IPA Funds – guidelines for Civil Society Organizations & expectations for the future

Author(s): Sonja Zuber
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, International relations/trade, Social development, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Financial Markets, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Analytica
Keywords: North Macedonia; EU integration; EU funds; IPA; Framework Programmes; civil society organisations; civil sector; funding possibilities; IPA Multi-Beneficiary Programme; People2People (P2P) Programme; IPA National Programme;
Summary/Abstract: In 2009, Analytica published the report Macedonia’s lagging behind in efficient usage of EU funds (IPA, Framework Programmes). In 2009 the country was still just getting to know all the complex procedures and labyrinths that the EU funding represents. The conclusion was that: “…the overall feeling is that compared to Croatia and Turkey, Macedonia is lagging behind in terms of IPA usage. Institutional capacity has been a persistent problem and there have not been sufficient trainings of the private sector in the past years either, which adds to the situation Macedonia is in.” It can be said that several important occurrences happened since the IPA funding was established in 2007. Even though Macedonia’s integration is in a limbo at the moment due to the Greek veto over the name dispute, the funds flow each year towards the capacity building of the county and the state, private and civil sectors. The process of the reforms does not stop and the better the country is prepared for the negotiation process the smoother it will run once it starts. Therefore the country should strive to full usage of the numerous EU funds that are open for the Macedonia’s institutions, private and civil sector.

  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Language: English