21st June 2023, Skopje – Memorandum of Cooperation signed between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Prosecution Office provides for enhancing the inter-institutional cooperation as regards protection of financial interests and eradication of irregularities, frauds, corruption and other illegal activities jeopardizing the EU’s financial interests in the Republic of North Macedonia.
Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by Minister of Finance, Fatmir Besmi and the Public Prosecutor of the Republic of North Macedonia, Ljubomir Joveski, on Wednesday.
Initiative for the Memorandums of Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the crucial institutions in the field of protection of the financial interests, results from the sound practice in the EU Member States, by establishing a solid coordination as regards the system aimed at protecting EU’s financial interests.
Hence, Ministry of Finance, as the coordinator of the system aimed at protecting the EU’s financial interests, stressed the need to sign memorandums of cooperation in the field of protection of the EU’s financial interests in the Republic of North Macedonia. Memorandums were prepared within the IPA Twinning Poject “Strengthening Budget Planning, Execution and Internal Control Functions”, with the support of experts from Croatia and Latvia.
“I believe that the coordination among the key institutions will provide for strengthening the cooperation as regards the protection of financial interests, particularly in respect to exchange of information, mutual training and education, sharing of the best practices through participation in joint meetings within the System for Protection of the EU’s Financial Interests, as well as raising public awareness through joint communication activities in the field of prevention of irregularities and frauds and coordination, all to the end of avoiding overlapping of actions” – Minister Besimi pointed out.
In addition to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Finance was signed today by the Director of the Financial Police Office, Goran Ivanov, and the General Auditor in the Audit Authority for auditing IPA funds, Adem Curri, as institutions that are also of crucial importance for efficient and effective protection of the EU’s financial interests.