About ICS

The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.



This is made possible by the digital platform that supports the Water Ledger - a water management database - and the Methodology for Monitoring of Water, which were developed within the “Clear it Up” campaign, for the needs of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP).

The draft Law on Water opens up greater opportunities for the protection of water resources after the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) involved civil society organizations and experts from the “Clear it Up” Alliance in the earliest stage of drafting the law. However, the "Clear it Up" Alliance believes that the proposed legal amendments are not enough and there are still shortcomings in terms of full regulation of water use and storage.

The complexity of media literacy and the various approaches in its implementation within the education were the main topics of the two-day international symposium organized by the Institute for Communication Studies (ICS) and IREX "Keeping up the pace: media literacy education in an acceleration age", which took place on 3 and 4 February 2022 as part of the USAID’s Media Literacy Project YouThink. The online event was attended by world-renowned media literacy persons of authority, such as American professors - Renee Hobbs and Paul Mihailidis, but also well-known individuals from Europe and the Western Balkans who empirically confirmed that the systematic

A consistent solution for coordination of state and local inspectors, functional supervision by the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI) on local inspectors, a more substantial process of planning inspections, availability of inspectors after working hours and on weekends, equipping inspectors and strengthening of transparency. These are some of the proposed amendments to the Draft Law on Environmental Inspection, which is in parliamentary procedure. The proposed amendments were submitted to Parliament today by 35 civil society organizations, higher education institutions and experts, members of the Civic Inspection Council (CIS) and the Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance "Clear it Up,". Amendment proposers have requested MPs

In previous decades, media literacy and media education mostly emphasized critical thinking, the need to understand how information is created and how media outlets are organized. But, with the development of technology and social media platforms, the patterns of both media creation and media consumption have been muddled.

Reducing air pollution, establishing an integrated waste management system and rigorous control of the industry, improving water quality, protecting forests and biodiversity, creating sustainable food production systems and taking greater climate action. These are some of the 2030 environmental objectives and priorities that representatives of civil society organizations, professors and experts from the “Clear it Up” Alliance conveyed today to President Stevo Pendarovski at a public discussion concerning the drafting of the Development Framework #MKD2030. According to them, the priority areas that require intensified actions are climate change, circular economy, air quality, waste and water management, industrial pollution, soil and sustainable food