MISA, MoJ and the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors Sign a Memorandum of Cooperation

Skopje, February 11th, 2019

The Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Ministry of Justice and the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The aim of the Memorandum is to strengthen and promote consistent application of the Law on General Administrative Procedure and the Law on Administrative Disputes. This, in turn, is also a result of the European Commission's evaluation mission on administrative justice.

"However, we do this neither for EU, nor for anybody else. We do this for the citizens. To help citizens avoid being trapped inside administrative labyrints due to lack of knowledge of laws or lack of coordination between institutions tasked to govern administrative procedures, and between judicial bodies that decide thereupon", noted Minister Manchevski.

As Minister Manchevski stressed, MISA would choose staff-members to participate in the trainings. All three institutions would jointly assign trainers to implement the trainings and would establish the training programme, to ensure that competent experts from this field transfer their knowledge.

Minister Manchevski reiterated that in the past period, MISA developed Information Point that would also provide practical advice for public administration bodies on application of LGAP. This simple tool would allow authorized officers to ask questions and present problems they face in application of LGAP by means of electronic communication. 

The Minister of Justice, Renata Deskoska, Ph.D, spoke about new amendments to the Law on General Administrative Procedure. 

"The aim is to shorten the procedure and to have the Administrative Court adopt merit-based decisions, which would result in efficient court proceedings. Moreover, administrative courts would have to resolve disputes and decide on which party is correct. With this memorandum, we will train and educate civil servants and courts on the manner in which they should act in administrative procedures and administrative disputes. This would create more efficient proceedings and provide citizens with a faster way to administrative justice", said Minister Deskoska.

Another novelty Minister Deskoska noted is introduction of public main hearing where citizens would be allowed to state their arguments for or against, which is a practice in civil and criminal courts. 

The director of the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Natasha Gaber-Damjanovska, Ph.D, reiterated to the involvement of the Academy in the training process.

"This organized response on citizens' needs in administrative procedures is of utmost importance. The Academy has all educational capacities available to ensure quality and successful trainings", noted Gaber-Damjanovska.

Ministry of Information Society and Administration