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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.


Improving qualitative information from inspection services

The Inspection Council will amend the rulebook for preparation of the reports of the inspection services in order to improve qualitative information. The amendments are based on an assessment of the transparency and accountability of environmental inspectorates, conducted by the FLOROZON Center for Environmental Democracy and the Institute of Communication Studies as part of the “Clear it Up” campaign.

For that purpose, the Inspection Council organized two workshops for the employees of the inspection services and the inspectorates responsible for the preparation of the semi-annual reports. The inclusion of representatives from the inspection services should ensure inclusiveness and consensus in the adoption of the proposed amendments to the Rulebook on the form and content of the report on the work of the inspection service for the previous six months and the annual report on the work of the inspection services.

The report is a basic tool for transparency and accountability of inspection services to users of their services and should contain sufficient public data to assess the quality of services rendered. Hence, CED Florozon and ICS have prepared guidelines for improving the quality of the reports, and the amendments to the rulebook should unify the approach in generating and analyzing data on the work of inspection services.

Facilitators of the workshops were Metodija Dimovski, member of the Inspection Council in the field of environment and protection of human health, and Kiril Ristovski from CED FLOROZON.

The “Clear it Up” campaign is implemented by the Institute of Communication Studies and is supported by the British Embassy in Skopje.