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Energy and Security Sector Governance in Macedonia: How to Improve its Efficiency?
Energy and Security Sector Governance in Macedonia: How to Improve its Efficiency?

Author(s): Magdalena Lembovska, Ana Stojilovska
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Governance, Environmental and Energy policy, Security and defense, Economic development, Human Resources in Economy, EU-Legislation
Published by: Analytica
Keywords: North Macedonia; EU integration; NATO integration; policy reforms; energy sector; security sector; legislation; Energy Agency; human resources; training employees; civil servants; strategic development; policy-making process;
Summary/Abstract: The Republic of Macedonia, due to its EU and NATO integration endeavors is experiencing many policy reforms. Especially the country’s energy and security sectors are both characterized with low transparency and limited openness for cooperation – the first due to its capital intensity and the second due to the communist system’s legacy, both also important for national security. As a result, they have been exposed but reluctant to the reform processes and have many deficiencies in their governance. Some of the identified issues include insufficient capacities, lack of financial means, delays in adopting the respective legislation and in implementing projects, all of which indicate low efficiency in these sectors’ performance. On the other hand, the Slovak Republic, also a former communist country and an EU and NATO member state showcases good examples of capacity building and institutional efficiency in the respective sectors. Its ten year-long Euro-Atlantic integration enabled gaining good experience with the reform processes in the two sectors. Additionally, according to the Worldwide Governance Indicators the Slovak Republic has better governance scores than Macedonia. Thus, the Slovak Republic can be considered as a valuable resource for applying its learnt lessons in the Macedonian case.

  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English