KEKENOVSKI, JOVE (2011) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM IN REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA BETWEEN LAW AND POLITICS. Interaction of theory and practice - key problems and solutions, Bulgarian Free University Burgas, 2. pp. 19-28. ISSN ISBN 978-954-9570-79-9


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The reform of the public administration is a continuous process taking place in the countries with developed democracy and free-market economy; therefore, this process has been inevitable and has started to take place in the transition countries as well. The transition process in the Republic of Macedonia is a very delicate process and has been taking place for many years. Its success firstly depends on the careful and systematic planning there of within the meaning of analysis of the initial condition and assessment of the possible manners for achievement of the goals. Therefore, the role of the public administration system in a country in transition is even more emphasized and more responsible in the recognition and understanding of the development needs of the society and finding appropriate manners for application of the solutions.
The reform of the public administration as a whole and its adjustment towards the EU accession are two complemented processes, for whose development an integrated strategic approach is necessary. The experience of the integration of the new EU members-states so far has showed that the reform of the public administration is among the critical activities which significantly affect the course, the pace and the success of the adjustment of the applicant country towards the EU. The basic goals of the reform of the public administration within the EU integration are the following: compliance and qualification of the public administration in the Republic of Macedonia for a continuous process of transposition and conduction of the European legislation; qualification of the public administration for creation and implementation of the overall reforms in the economic, political and legal system and establishment of institutions necessary for provisioning of free flow of goods, capital, services and people in the EU.
Since the independence of the country in 1991 up until present, the structural reorganization of the country, with special accent on the public administration, has been subject to political determination of each Government of the Republic of Macedonia. The reform of the Macedonian public administration received its topicality in the period when a serious democracy advance was realized and when the first effects of the conducted economic reforms came to the surface. Besides the fact that certain positives have been achieved, however there is a general impression that the reform of the public administration in the Republic of Macedonia is divided between the law and the politics. This is especially visible in the persistence to implement the provisions of the 2001 Ohrid Framework Contract, by any cost, implemented through the amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. Today, we have a classic collision between the constitutional amendments, the Law on Civil Servants and advertisements as a norm, and all that is a consequence of the futile persistence of the politicians to provide equitable representation of the communities in all central and local public organs, by any cost, not taking into consideration the rules on competency and integrity according to which the public administration throughout the modern societies is governed. As a consequence, we have ineffective, inefficient and expensive public administration. A long period of time should pass until the reform of the public administration finishes and we feel the benefits thereof. Today, there is a belief that even higher efforts and investments must be made for the purpose of increasing the degree of knowledge, developing the awareness regarding the importance of the public administration, introducing professional standards and other, all this for creation of an efficient public administration sector, as a pre-requisite for further development of the country, in the function of the Euro-integrative processes.

Key words: reform, administration, law, politics, proportionate and appropriate participation, competence, managment, strategic planning, priority, state officer, legislative

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Jove Kekenovski
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2023 07:32
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 07:32

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