MPs Performance

Background/Summary/Basic info
Lead by the fact that democracy functions the best when the citizens are acquainted with and involved in the policy making process, MOST directs its activities to education and informing citizens, by which it contributes to the development of more democratic society. Besides that, the increasing of the transparency and accountability of the institutions secure additional value of the process.

In 2003 and in the beginning of 2004 a pilot phase of the project was realized. In October 2006 MOST and the Parliament of R Macedonia signed the Memorandum of cooperation on the project MP’s Performance. The ways of mutual cooperation and coordination of the activities in the field of informing the citizens on the work of their elected representatives in the Parliament of R Macedonia was established with this Memorandum.

MPs’ performance report was based on the presentation of the data according to criteria set in advance. The data on the MPs’ performance were based on the official information from the Parliament of R Macedonia. Besides the data gained by the Parliament of R Macedonia, the report contained data on the meetings of the Representatives with the citizens and civil organizations in the frames of the project Mobile Parliament, public opinion pools,  as well as data on the used services provided by the Office for contact between the NGOs and Parliament of R Macedonia.

The report on the performance of the MPs was published twice a year in February and September. Each covered a six month period and was published in the course of 2 years.

Overall objective
The overall goal of the project is to increase the cooperativeness and responsiveness of the members of Parliament of R Macedonia towards the real concerns of the citizens and to improve the quality of their work through informing the public about the MPs’ performance. At the same time it will articulate the interests and needs of the citizens and civil organizations in the process of policy creation and enacting laws in the Parliament of R Macedonia.

Specific objectives

  • Increasing the accountability and responsiveness of the MP’s  towards the citizens needs;
  • Assessing the quality of the performance of the MP’s;
  • Informing the citizens about the work of their elected officials in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

Period of implementation
November 1 2006-January 31 2009

Achievements

  • 4 semiannual MP Performance Cards prepared, published and promoted;
  • A total of 240000 copies distributed to the citizens;
  • Increased number of Laws proposed by MPs;
  • Increased number of MPs questions addressed to the Government
  • Set standards for monitoring of the work of the MP’s;
  • Raised awareness of the citizens on the performance of their elected officials;
  • Increased capacity of the Parliament administration.

Key achievement of this project was reaching full sustainability. After publishing the 4 Report MP’s Performance card the entire project was handed over to the Parliament of R Macedonia. Now the Parliament publishes the reports.

This project was funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy – BTD, National Endowment for Democracy – NED and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

HOW MUCH WORK WAS DONE AND WHAT WAS DONE BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW COMPOSITION OF THE PARLIAMENT
Monitoring of the work of the Parliament of R Macedonia

The monitoring of the performance of the Representatives of the Parliament of R Macedonia  was conducted by the Citizens Association MOST in the period between constitutional day of the new Parliamentary composition and 31 December inclusive.

During the monitoring period the Parliament conducted 81 sessions and enacted 262 laws. Out of these laws, 30 laws were enacted on the fourteenth session (24.07.2008) and on the twentieth session conducted on 01.08.2008, 42 laws were enacted and 12 ratifications were passed.

In the beginning of January 2009 at the request of the Citizen’s Association MOST and for the benefit of the project “Mp’s Performance”, the Institute for democracy “Societas Civilis” conducted public opinion poll. The survey was conducted on a statistical sample of 1110 respondents divided on different bases: gender, age, education, occupation, ethnical background, and location and election unit.

On the question “How often do you watch the Parliamentary channel i.e. Parliamentary sessions?14,1% of the respondents answered that they watch the Parliamentary channel every day, and 13.3% answered that they watch it at least twice or three times a week. The highest percent of the respondents (38,2) answered they rarely watch the sessions. 24% of the respondents have never watched Parliamentary sessions.

The citizens estimated the work of the Parliament with average grade of 2.43. Most of the respondents (34.5%) estimated the work with grade 3, and 49.5% in total rated the work with small grade. The Parliament got excellent grade for its work from 4.7% of the respondents. The role that the Parliament has in the decision making process is estimated as partial or minor by 57.8%. 31.3% of the citizens reckon that the Parliament has great role in the decision making processes.

Regarding the question “Do you reckon that the Parliament is independent from the Government in the process of enacting laws?most of the respondents answered it is completely (42.1%) or partially (25.9%) dipendant. Just a little part (8.6%) of the respondents thinks that the Parliament is independent in this case.

As to the question Do thing the Representatives are doing their job properly?most of the respondents or 60.5% answered negatively and positive answer was given by 27.1%.

The next question raised to the respondents was: Did you have a meeting with Representative from your Election Unit after the conduct of the elections?The largest number of the respondents (76.3%) answered that there was not such a meeting. 23% of the citizens had meetings. Out of the citizens who had meetings with Representative 32.9% said it was a private meeting, and 23% of them met in the Offices for communication with citizens.

22.9% of the interviewed citizens are familiar with the initiative that was taken by the Representative regarding a problem in their Election Unit, and 62.8% do not know that there are such initiatives.

The monitoring of the work of the Parliament and MPs is a part of the “MP’s Performance” project and in direction to conduct this project the Citizen’s Association MOST and Parliament of R Macedonia have signed Memorandum of cooperation. This is the fourth and last report based on the official data obtained from the Parliament of R Macedonia and it covers the period 21 Jun – 31 December 2008. Since this project has achieved its sustainability, MOST hands over the publishing of this report to the Parliament of R Macedonia.

The report “MP’s Performance” is a tool which presents to the citizens the information on the work of the MPs, attendances and absences from the sessions, number of raised Representatives’ questions and etc. In addition the Citizen’s association MOST presents the official data received from the Parliament of R Macedonia, without analyzing and commenting it.

 “MP’s Performance” is supported by NED (National Endowment for Democracy), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje and Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD).

HOW MUCH WORK WAS DONE AND WHAT WAS DONE BY THE REPRESENTATIVES

 

Monitoring of the work of the Parliament of R Macedonia

01 September 2007 – 31 January 2008

 Citizens Association MOST in the frames of the project MP’s Performance published the third report of the Monitoring of the work of the representatives  and Parliament of R Macedonia within the period 01 September 2007  – 31 January 2008.

Within the period 15 -18 February 2008, at the request of the Citizen’s Association MOST and for the benefit of the project “Mp’s Performance”, the Institut for democracy “Societas Civilis” conducted  public opinion poll on a statistical sample of 1110 respondants.

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HOW MUCH WORK WAS DONE AND WHAT WAS DONE BY THE REPRESENTATIVES

Monitoring of the work of the Parliament of R Macedonia

Citizens Association MOST in the frames of the project MP’s Performance published the second report of the Monitoring of the work of the representatives  and Parliament of R Macedonia within the period February – August 2007.

In the period 17 – 21 September 2007 on the statistical sample of 1118 respondents the Institute for
democracy “Societas Civilis” and Citizen’s association MOST has conducted public opinion poll for the benefit of this report.

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HOW MUCH WORK WAS DONE BY THE MPs AND WHAT WAS DONE BY THIS
COMPOSITION OF THE PARLIAMENT

Monitoring of the work of the
Parliament of R Macedonia

The monitoring of the performance of the Representatives and Parliament of R Macedonia which was conducted by the Citizen’s association MOST in the period between August 2006 and January 2007 displays the following:

– 12 Representatives or 10% of the total number of the representatives attended all 90 sessions of the Parliament of R Macedonia (Violeta Taseva, Goce Markoski, Svetlana Jakimovska, Jagotka Ivanovska, Nada Stancevska, Nadica Tanceva – Tuleva, Vasko Sutarov, Katerina Dimeska, Oliver Derkoski, Sonja Gelova – Stojanova, Cvetko Grozdanov and Ruza Gjorgjeska)

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