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HDP Alumni Profile: MP Brane Petrushevski, North Macedonia

The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) is a bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with 22 partner parliaments around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislatures. HDP is proudly implemented by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Hon. Brane Petrusevski attended the HDP regional seminar on secure e-government in April and May 2021. The program, which included members of parliament from Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Ukraine, was part of a larger HDP IRI strategy to increase e-governance capacity in Europe and Eurasia. E-Governance, a modern way to enhance transparency, allows governments to better connect the state with its citizens. In turn, this enhances the efficiency of public service delivery and provides governments the tools to improve transparency.

What parliament and chamber are you a member of?

I'm a Member of Parliament in the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, as well as a Member of the Committee on Oversight of the Implementation of Measures for Interception of Communications and Deputy Member of the Assembly’s Committees on Defense and Security, Transport, Communications and Environment, and Finances and Budget.

What HDP program did you participate in?

I participated in the House Democracy Partnership program on secure e-government.

What is your favorite thing about your country?

The huge cultural heritage and the beautiful nature, like Lake Ohrid. I also enjoy the cultural diversity of our citizens, which is something Macedonians are very proud of.

Why did you decide to become a member of parliament?

With my education, professional experience, and strong determination for making change for the better, I can help and contribute to my society. That’s why I wanted to become a legislator.

Looking back on the HDP program, what was most impactful for you?

The practical demonstration of Estonia’s use of e-government services. For example, I was fascinated to learn how they issue a driver's license, and how Estonia has reduced the time and cost for citizens through the process.

How are you applying your experience from the HDP mission to your role as a member of parliament?

I'm sharing my experiences with other MPs, as well as preparing small amendments for digitalization of government services.

What advice would you give to new members of parliament?

Never betray the trust of your voters and try to communicate with them as often as you can.

What accomplishments in parliament are you most proud of?

According to the Parliament Support Program and multiple NGOs, and their report on monitoring the debate quality in the parliament, I was ranked as one of the top five most active members of parliament.