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The controversy of ‘more (economic) freedom’. Can liberalization in North Macedonia cause more problems than benefits?

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The controversy of ‘more (economic) freedom’. Can liberalization in North Macedonia cause more problems than benefits?

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In the past months, the government of North Macedonia has pushed for three policies providing for different forms of liberalization and legalization, all with potentially significant impacts on the rule of law and justice in the country: legalization of cannabis for recreational use, legalization of illegally constructed objects, and the selling/privatization of state-owned agricultural land. In the Policy Brief, the authors outline the proposed changes, possible implications, and their opposition. They claim that all three changes at once pose the danger of overwhelming the administrative system and society. Furthermore, they argue that public institutions lack the capacity to successfully manage all changes at once. The authors recommend that the government takes a step back, enters into deep consultations with stakeholders, and makes clear distinctions within the proposal for legalization of illegally constructed buildings.

Read the full Policy Brief here.