Cross-Institutional Cooperation for Fight Against Corruption and Money Laundering

Skopje, March 6th, 2019

Today, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia hosted an event, whereby a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed on use of the System for Collection and Processing of Statistical Data for Prevention and Repression of Corruption and Money Laundering.

Fifty state institutions gave their support for increased cross-institutional cooperation and development of  the "System for Collection and Processing of Statistical Data for Prevention and Repression of Corruption and Money Laundering" web-tool.

The underlying aim of this system is to increase cooperation between all institutions working on prevention and fight against coruption. In that, institutions would not need to lodge a separate request to obtain certain data that they have a law-stipulated right to collect. This system is expected to significantly facilitate cross-institutional communication and increase efficiency in the fight against corruption and money laundering.

Signatories to this memorandum were also the Minister of Justice, Renata Deskoska, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oliver Spasovski, and the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski. They also gave their opening speeches during today's signing.

The Minister of Justice, Renata Deskoska, stressed that this system, this web-application, would provide exchange of reporting data on quarterly reporting periods, without any additional administrative procedures.

- This cross-institutional support would allow institutions-users to monitor cases in criminal and misdemeanor proceedings, disciplinary proceedings on criminal cases that involve a corruptive element, initiatives for criminal prosecution. In addition, institutions-users would be able to monitor handling of cases, such as complaints and reports they have prepared, developed or lodged for handling to other institutions, such as public prosecutors' offices, courts, law enforcement agencies and penitentiary institutions", noted Deskoska.

Minister Spasovski underlined that this system has major potential and expressed his expectations of positive results and benefits in the fight against corruption.

-Political actions that foster responsibility to uncompromisingly manage public interests, instead of private ones, have a chance and opportunity to fight corruption in a quality manner. We are prepared to lead a battle against corruption, so much so, that in the past period we have successfully adopted a series of normative and other institutional mechanisms that were lacking and are key for efficient fight against corruption" said Minister Spasovski during his speech.

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski, believes that the fight against corruption is a major challenge, because it implies changes in both the political culture and in the culture of living, and that success therein is only possible if a coordinated approach is applied and if all actors in society are aware of the importance of eradicating corruption. According to the minister, this Memorandum is another example demonstrating how digitalization helps in the fight against corruption.

-I frequently speak about benefits of new technologies, digitalization and how they change our lives. One of the positive aspects of digitalization of processes is removal of the human factor, which directly affects reduction of corruption" noted Manchevski.

In addition to the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MISA, signatories to this Memorandum are also SCPC, the Public Prosecutor's Office, the SPO, the Supreme Court, the Court Council, the Council of Public Prosecutors, all courts of appeal and primary courts in the Republic of North Macedonia, the State Audit Office, the Agency of Administration, the Financial Police Office, the Financial Intelligence Office, the Customs Administration, the Public Revenue Office, the Administration for Execution of Sanctions, the Agency for Management of Ceized Property and the State Comission for Decision-Making In Administrative Procedures And Procedures Of Labour Relations In Second Instance.

 

 Ministry of Information Society and Administration