Rule of Law

The Rule of Law programme is one of the policy tools aimed at further deepening the strong ties between the Netherlands and North Macedonia and to promote the  Dutch political and reform agenda in North Macedonia, largely defined by North Macedonia’s future accession to the EU and NATO. This programme is financed with the MATRA delegated fund.

General information

The Netherlands actively supports democratization efforts in North Macedonia, since a functioning democracy is of key importance to any country aspiring to become an EU and NATO member state. Within these democratization efforts, the Rule of Law is of fundamental importance. It entails a proper functioning of a professional and impartial judiciary, a clear respect for fundamental rights of every citizen (specifically minority rights, rights of lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transsexuals  (LGBT), violence against women and freedom of the media), and the fight against corruption and organised crime. North Macedonia makes significant efforts to achieve progress in these areas. The Netherlands attaches great importance to the rule of law, and therefore actively contributes to the further improvement in this field in North Macedonia.

Instruments

MATRA delegated funds:. The Dutch Embassy in Skopje has MATRA delegated funds, for which non-governmental organizations, non-profit educational establishments, local authorities and semi-governmental agencies are eligible to apply.

Objective

Supporting a continued process of social transformation and democratization, based on the rule of law and a balanced relationship between government (strong public institutions) and its citizens (civil society). Projects with a regional scope/component to the benefit of good neighborly relations are welcomed, as are projects targeting communities outside of Skopje, especially young change agents.

Priorities

With MATRA, the emphasis is on the development of democracies governed by the rule of law. Under the heading fundamental rights this includes activities that aim to strengthen the social and interethnic cohesion in society. Fundamental rights projects proper, with a focus on women and LGBTI rights, are covered with the Human Rights Fund (HRF). Overall, the embassy targets the following results:

·         professional and independent judiciary;

·         public order and professional and robust law enforcement (incl. security sector reform, accountability, preventing and combatting organized crime and corruption, preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism);

·         good governance and transparent and accountable public administration (incl. citizen empowerment, effective (parliamentary) oversight, electoral reform and election monitoring, professional and independent media);

·         respect for fundamental rights (incl. women, LGBTI, freedom of expression, safety of journalists, interethnic and social cohesion).

Project summary form can be downloaded here. Completed forms can be sent to sko@minbuza.nl.

Useful Links

EU Accession criteria:

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/enlargement_process/accession_process/criteria/index_en.htm

Contact Persons

Arlinda Idrizi,

Advisor Political and Economic Affairs

arlinda.idrizi@minbuza.nl