Macedonia: 57 candidates interviewed to be elected as Anti-Corruption Commission members

57 candidates applied to be part of the anti-corruption commission at a call issued by the Parliament, which ran from 22 until 27 January. The candidates who have applied to be elected as members of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, including a president, are being interviewed Sunday at a session of the Parliament’s Committee on Elections and Appointment Issues.

The interviews are conducted by representatives of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Inter-parliamentary Union and civil associations tackling anti-corruption issues. The process is expected to be concluded by this coming Wednesday.



A seven-member commission has been already set up to select the candidates for president and those applying to become members of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption. It is made up of four lawmakers, an official of the Ombudsman’s Office and two representatives of the civil sector.

Under a new law, deadlines for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission have been cut down so as to allow the new commission to be formed ahead of the presidential election campaign.

A president of the anti-corruption commission and six members are being elected. After their five-year term ends, they won’t have the right to re-election. In line with the new law on the prevention of corruption and conflict of interest, the principle of equal representation and gender equality will be respected.

The new law prevents candidates from being elected if they had made donations to a political party, served as MP or a member of the government in the past ten years. The new members are required to have previously worked for six years in discovering or preventing corruption, to have experience in rule of law and to have university degrees in law, economics, and political science.

4 February 2019

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