Research on corruption in public-private partnership at local level
The project aims to analyze the signed public-private partnership agreements involving stakeholders at local level in Macedonia according the Law on concessions and public-private partnership in order to check for possible practices of corruption, possible breach of the rules and regulations for implementing public-private partnership at local level and discovering possible loopholes in the respective legislation and in its implementation which could allow corruption.
The matter of corruption at local level in Macedonia is not sufficiently researched, although it exists in many areas; and addressing it is important for the strengthening of good governance. It is especially important to continuously research cases with high risk of corruption such as some sectors closed for cooperation as the energy and security sectors, agreements involving large sums and similar. The concluded agreements under the Law on concessions and public-private partnership involving local authorities often include large sums, thus there is a need for analyzing them regarding possible corruptive practices.
The main project result will be a policy paper containing concrete recommendations for the relevant stakeholders. The goal is to determine presence or absence of corruption, and of breach of the rules and regulations for implementing public-private partnership at local level, as well as drawing lessons in order to prevent future corruptive activities.
The research will be conducted on the territory of several municipalities in Macedonia. The methodology will include desktop and field research. The project will be implemented in a period of 3 months. The policy paper will be promoted in a public event to all relevant stakeholders.
The project’s long term goal is to contribute to the improved implementation of the Law on concessions and public-private partnership and to the fight against corruption at local level in Macedonia.