RCC ESAP 2: Performance of Western Balkan Economies Regardinf the European Pillar of Social Rights: 2022 Review on North Macedonia
North Macedonia demonstrates some progress on the EU accession path, particularly through the conduction of legislation reforms and the expansion of the social safety net. While the latter was supported by an increased fiscal space due to the post-pandemic economic recovery, progress towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the system is still required. As a positive development on the level of strategy, the Revised Employment and Social Reform Programme 2022 provides a good example defining priority reforms and policies in the three priority areas of labour market and employment, human capital and skills, and social inclusion and social protection. Parallelly, the new Labour Law is under way, which will introduce regulations on new forms of employment such as online work and work from home. The successful implementation of the Youth Guarantee (YG) Programme, its positive experience, and lessons learnt can be shared in the region.