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.


CONFERENCE: Transparency and Accountability: A Perfect Pair for Restoring Confidence in Public Institutions

Government transparency and accountability are of key importance for citizens’ trust in its work. When citizens feel a closer interaction and connection with the institutions, trust tends to grow. Otherwise, when transparency is eroded and there are reservations about the responsibility of the institutions, it leads to their delegitimisation and decline of public trust.

We invite you to participate in the conference Transparency and Accountability: A Perfect Pair to Restore Trust in Public Institutions, which will be held on 12 December, 2023, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Limak hotel – Skopje.

The conference will offer new perspectives and approaches for increasing trust in government institutions, with a focus on transparency and accountability in the areas of rule of law and corruption. Prominent speakers from the country and abroad will discuss the responsibility of government institutions when non-transparency and non-accountability signal corruption and the proactivity of the prosecutor’s office and the judiciary in discovering and prosecuting such practices.

Please register to participate in the conference no later than 7 December (Thursday) on the button below.

*Travel expenses will be covered for participants coming from outside Skopje.

The conference is organized by the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) within the project Use Facts, which is supported by British Embassy Skopje.

Contact person: Dejan Andonov, M.A., Programme Coordinator , 071 317 661



Time Session

Registration and coffee



Opening Addresses

Assoc. Prof. Zaneta Trajkoska, PhD, Director, Institute of Communication Studies

Dr. Dimitar Kovachevski, President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

HE Matthew Lawson Ambassador of the United Kingdom in North Macedonia


Session 1: Suppressed or Nurtured ‘Right to Know’: Transparency and Trust in Public Institutions

Moderator: Prof. Nenad Markovich, PhD, Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus – Skopje

Open Government Partnership Action Plan 2024-2026: Next Step
Aleksandar Bajdevski
, Deputy Minister for Information Society and Administration

With transparency in the fight against corruption
Prof. Ana Pavlovska-Daneva, PhD
, Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus – Skopje

Difficulties in measuring the transparency of public institutions: formal procedures
Dr. Jelena Djankic
, Global Governance Program of the Robert Schumann Centre of the European University Institute, Italy

Reaping transparency’s benefits: between promises and pitfalls
Dr. Bjorn Kleisen
, GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence, University of Antwerp, Belgium



Coffee break


Session 2: Reconsideration of the Culture of Responsibility of Public Institutions

Moderator: Vasko Magleshov, Journalist and president of the Judicial Media Council

Practicing transparency, accountability, and responsibility in the operations of the State Audit Office
Maksim Acevski
, Chief Auditor, State Audit Office

Institutional proceedings and feedback after decisions of SCPC
Biljana Ivanovska
, President of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption

The public sees corruption – do the institutions see it?
Gavril Bubevski
, Basic Public Prosecutor – Skopje

Transparency is the guardian of the integrity of judgesBesa Ademi, Judge and President of the Supreme Court