Deputy Prime Minister  in charge of fight against corruption and crime, sustainable development and human resources, Ljupco Nikolovski, together with the Director General of the Customs Administration, Goran Sugareski, today (21st April 2021) visited border crossing point Blace, where they had a meeting with the head of Customs Office Blace.

The Customs Administration, as an institution that protects the Macedonian economy and promotes international trade, should be an example of law enforcement, prevention of corruption and crime. In this regard, they discussed the novelties that are being introduced to strengthen the control mechanisms in our country through which the processes of systemic functioning of the state will be improved, and refer to the introduction of mandatory submission of asset declarations by an expanded group of employees in the public sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Nikolovski pointed out that the new measures increase the level of responsibility of politicians and the administration. The level of transparency is raised, the misuse of official position and damage to the state budget is prevented. All administrative officers in managerial positions, inspectors, as well as customs officials, will have to submit asset declarations and statements of conflict of interest. They must take responsibility before the work and the state, but above all, before the citizens. And there will be no tolerance if the official position is misused for personal business interests, to the detriment of the state and the citizens.

Director Sugareski stressed that the automation and digitalization implemented in the Customs Administration leads to increased responsibility, due to the possibility of greater control and therefore the role of Customs in preventing and detecting corruption and organized crime is part of the measures adopted in the Anti-Corruption Plan. He also announced that during this week an expert meeting will be held between representatives of the delegation of the European Union and the Customs Services of the Republic of North Macedonia and Kosovo to consider the possibility of introducing the concept ONE STOP SHOP and the border crossing point Blace.  One-stop-shop projects are implemented as a measure to reduce the possibility of customs fraud, due to the direct insight into the commercial documents that track the goods, thus reducing the possibility of corruption and increasing stability and security throughout the region.

This way, with systematic measures to prevent corruption and crime, Deputy Prime Minister Nikolovski and Director Sugareski announced the creation of conditions for a favorable business environment, investment security and promotion of international trade.

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