Support to establishment and development of Macedonian Parliamentary Institute

Project completed

SDC will continue to support the development of the Macedonian Parliamentary Institute (PI). The PI is department of the Parliamentary Services of the Assembly that shall provide research, archive, library, inhouse training and visltor services. Through the PI services, Members of Parliament (MPs) will have access to information for fact-based debates on laws, contributing to greater quality of laws for citizens.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
CHF 2'533'000

The Republic of Macedonia is a parliamentary democracy with a unicameral parliament. The Assembly consists of 123 MPs, elected every four years (last in April 2014). Despite the widening gap on political topics In the Assembly, there has been consensus among MPs from all parliamentary groups about the need to strengthen the Assembly's capacities. Based on this consensus, SDC has supported the Assembly since 2009 in the conceptualisation and establishment of the PI, which is considered key to the Assembly's Institutional strengthening.



The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the mission of the PI "to strengthen the legislative and oversight function of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia through securing timely, unbiased, objective and accessible services to the legislature" by supporting the PI Strategic Plan.


Target groups

Once fully developed, the PI will directly serve Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Services staff with its research, archive, library and training services as well as citizens with its visitor services and general promotion services (target group). Beneficiaries are all citizens of Macedonia, through improved quality of laws and through increased accessibility of Assembly.



Expected results:  

• Adding value to the legislative process in the Assembly

• Building the reputation and the capacities of the Parliamentary Institute

• Increasing public awareness for the role of the legislature


Results from previous phases:  

• The PI is staffed and equipped, with 25 trained staff and modern equipment. The PI started providing services to MPs In mid-2014. The PI team Is gender- and ethnically- balanced and multi-lingual.

• The PI is established as an integral part of the Assembly i.e. it Is a department in the Parliamentary Service and its staff members are civil servants. A Steering Council, a parliament body formed by MPs from all parliamentary groups and representatives of the Parliamentary Service, has been formed to oversee the work of the PI and ensure its impartiality. The relevant laws and bylaws needed to establish the PI were adopted.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Foreign state institution
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Central State of South East
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Swiss Private Sector

Other partners

USAID (US) and EIDHR (EU) projects with the Assembly. Coordination through „ Informal Donor Working Group on Parliament".


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'533'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'874'375
Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.12.2009 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)