The Report from the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) and the framework for improved work of the Parliamentary channel was presented to the leadership of the Assembly and the coordinators of the parliamentary groups. This report identifies the challenges in functioning of the Parliamentary Channel and provides arguments for the main scenarios that can be followed for the reform of the channel.
We determined that the main goal in the reform should be to increase the transparency and accountability of the work of the Assembly through better recordings of the sessions of the Assembly, more diverse and better program offer outside the broadcasts and recordings and timely information about the program of the Parliamentary channel.
A key segment in improving transparency and access to content is investing in digitalization of the channel. Therefore, it was proposed to develop the in Internet TV and the availability of videos "on demand", which will provide easier access to videos of speeches, categorized by speaker, parliamentary group, date, session, etc.
Investing in human and financial resources is important for a better program offer on the Parliamentary channel, such as covering international activities and parliamentary meetings, conferences or cultural events taking place in the Parliament, various educational programs, broadcasts from the European Parliament or from debates at the United Nations General Assembly, etc.
The report was prepared within the Parliamentary Support Program (PSP), which is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation through the Swiss Embassy in the Republic of Northern Macedonia. The PSP is implemented by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for Change Management (CCM) and the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis - Skopje. The report was developed by a working group with representatives from the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Macedonian Radio-Television, the Agency for Audio and Audio-Visual Media Services, NDI and CCM. The report was presented by Neda Maleska Sachmaroska and Martin Todevski from the Center for Change Management, who were also moderating the working group.