Analysis of the 2007 annual action programme for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under the preaccession instrument in preparation of the review of the relevant multi-annual indicative programme

30-07-2008

Executive summary The 2007 Annual Action Programme for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia allocates a maximum amount of Community assistance of EUR 34.94 million. The priority axes Good governance and rule of law receive in total EUR 14.1 million, the largest amount of which is spent on the police reform process (EUR 9 million). EUR 7 million are allocated to Economic development and social cohesion, while the third priority axis, Ability to assume the obligations of membership, receives EUR 9 million. In addition, the Commission allocates EUR 4.84 million for programming support and preparing the country to participate in Community Programmes. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has, as a candidate country, access to the five IPA components. The 2007 Annual Action Programme covers solely component I ‘transition assistance and institution building’, as component III, IV and V may not start until decentralised management has been conferred by the Commission. This transition period should be as short as possible so that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia may implement projects under all five IPA components. Assistance to cross-border cooperation (CBC) under component II is provided through separate CBC programmes. Relating to Good governance and the rule of law, priorities are set on the implementation of sectoral reforms, notably on the police reform process and, less significantly, on the public administration and the judicial reforms. The 2007 Annual Action Programme supports the civil society sector and promotes equitable representation mainly through capacity building activities for central state institutions. There should be a stronger focus on these issues and there also is scope for adopting more of a bottom up approach in addition to the current top-down approach in fostering civil society. Regarding Economic development and social cohesion, the 2007 Annual Action Programme only tackles one of the stated Multi-Annual Indicative Pro

Executive summary The 2007 Annual Action Programme for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia allocates a maximum amount of Community assistance of EUR 34.94 million. The priority axes Good governance and rule of law receive in total EUR 14.1 million, the largest amount of which is spent on the police reform process (EUR 9 million). EUR 7 million are allocated to Economic development and social cohesion, while the third priority axis, Ability to assume the obligations of membership, receives EUR 9 million. In addition, the Commission allocates EUR 4.84 million for programming support and preparing the country to participate in Community Programmes. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has, as a candidate country, access to the five IPA components. The 2007 Annual Action Programme covers solely component I ‘transition assistance and institution building’, as component III, IV and V may not start until decentralised management has been conferred by the Commission. This transition period should be as short as possible so that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia may implement projects under all five IPA components. Assistance to cross-border cooperation (CBC) under component II is provided through separate CBC programmes. Relating to Good governance and the rule of law, priorities are set on the implementation of sectoral reforms, notably on the police reform process and, less significantly, on the public administration and the judicial reforms. The 2007 Annual Action Programme supports the civil society sector and promotes equitable representation mainly through capacity building activities for central state institutions. There should be a stronger focus on these issues and there also is scope for adopting more of a bottom up approach in addition to the current top-down approach in fostering civil society. Regarding Economic development and social cohesion, the 2007 Annual Action Programme only tackles one of the stated Multi-Annual Indicative Pro

Auteur externe

Florian Trauner (coordinating editor and author) and Tom Lynch (co-author)