Marija Karaeva – Programme Coordinator of the project “Sustainable and Inclusive Balanced Regional Development” –
Ministry of Local-Self Government – R. Macedonia and Swiss Embassy/SDC
Vesna Goceva Mihajlovska – Coordinator of Component of the project “Sustainable and Inclusive Balanced Regional Development” –
Ministry of Local-Self Government – R. Macedonia and Swiss Embassy/SDC


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Legally defined regional development is the process of identifying, promoting, managing and
exploiting the development potential of the planned regions and areas with specific development needs.
The policy of regional development is a system of goals, instruments and measures aimed at reducing
regional disparities and achieving balanced and sustainable development of the Republic of North
Macedonia. Following the adoption of the Law, activities and measures for its full implementation were
carried out both at the central and regional level, creating necessary pre-conditions for achieving the
policy objectives of balanced regional development: reduction of disparities in development levels between
the eight planning regions, and reduction of the disparities in development levels within the planning
regions. Experiences that are the result of more than twelve years of implementation of measures
and activities to support balanced regional development allow identification of the main factors that
enhanced successful implementation of regional development policy on a regional level in North Macedonia,
at the same time identifying the conditions that constrained it. Both of these groups of factors
are important for the answer to the questions: (i) Are the institutions on the regional level functional?
and (ii) what should be improved?
Therefore, this paper aims to give an overview of the institutions in charge of planning and implementation
of the regional policy of the Republic of North Macedonia at the regional level – Council for
Development of the Planning Regions and Centres for Development of the Planning Regions.


EU regional policy, Regional policy in Macedonia, Centres for Development of the Planning Regions.


Karaeva, M., (2020) Cost benefit analysis of the functionality of CRDs 2019, published https://
Karaeva, M., Serafimovska, H., The Role of Centres for Development of Planning Regions in
Implementation of Policies for Balanced Regional Development in Republic of North Macedonia,
Economic Development, No. 1-2/2019 pp. 95-108
Law on Balanced Regional Development, Official Gazette No 24/2021.

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