“It’s time to provide clarity on legal definitions to improve Macedonia’s VAT system, says professor of economics Marjan Petreski.

The deterioration of the rule of law, low accountability and transparency, particularly concerning the spending of public money, the perception of senior government officials’ impunity and ignoring the voice of civil society in general contributed to the turning point of the parliamentary elections in December 2016.

With the help of civic engagement and extraordinary efforts by the international community, the opposition headed by the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia got a fair chance to form a government. Under the maxim for bringing back the rule of law and restoring civil liberties, several societal stakeholders, in the country and abroad, enabled the establishment of a new democratic government in June 2017.” (Public Finance International)