The Government of the Republic of Macedonia enacted the National Strategy for Reduction of Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Republic of Macedonia for the period 2010 - 2020.
The National Strategy presents the various aspects and influences of the phenomena reflecting poverty and social exclusion. Based on a broader analytical material, it synthetizes the numerous indicators of the social phenomena, and it analyses, compares and presents them in-depth.
The strategic goals for changing the analyzed areas are suggested based on the identified the situation and the needs. In addition, the strategy presents a series of measures and activities in multiple areas, which have been used, in the past several years, as a basis for forming the action plans with deadlines and implementing agents for each measure.
The implementation of the measures and activities from the National Strategy for Reduction of Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010 – 2020 (hereinafter in the text: “the National Strategy) has, in the past two years, contributed to the achievement of some initial results with respect to the growth of employment and the reduction of unemployment, the number and the type of beneficiaries of social security and social protection benefits, as well as in the area of child protection. They are stipulated in the different sections of the National Strategy. In addition, broad changes have been implemented in the area of education with the introduction of the mandatory secondary education, the dispersion of the higher education, in the segment of information technology use and accessibility, as well as with reference to the pension and disability insurance benefits.
Considering that, after the enactment of the National Strategy and the implementation of the measures and activities, changes have been experienced and specific new policies and impacts have been created, the need was identified to revise the National Strategy for the period up to 2020.
The revision starts by looking at the need to focus the attention on the necessary changes in the various areas of significance for changing the processes, as well as strengthening the impacts with a view of reducing poverty and social exclusion.
Therefore the revised text of the National Strategy, looking at the analysis of the situation presented in the adopted part of the Strategy, as well as the identified situation in the different areas, adjusts the measures and activities adapting them to the demands arising from the achievements and the changes.
The National Strategy for Reduction of Poverty and Social Exclusion is revised also having in mind the Strategy of the European Union for Growth and Development up to 2020, which also impacts the creation of policies in these areas, as well as other significant or related measures and policies created in the Republic of Macedonia.
Nevertheless, some measures and activities stipulated in the National Strategy 2010 – 2020, which are still valid and significant, have been retained, strengthened or modified with a view of adapting to the modern processes and demands. This forms the full text of the revised strategy.
Having in mind the previously presented standpoints, assessments and terminological distinctions, the revised National Strategy 2010 – 2020 recognized the need to further intensify the efforts and policies with e view of achieving the strategic goal to improve the quality of life for all citizens, build a cohesive society where the fight against poverty and social exclusion will mean the existence of unconditional “equal chances and opportunities for all”.