The EURAXESS site brings together four key initiatives of the European Commission and European countries which support the mobility of researchers in Europe for free: Jobs, Services, Rights and Links. One of the cornerstones of EURAXESS Rights is the implementation of the European Charter for researchers and Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers. These two documents were adopted by the European Commission as a recommendation to the Member States and address researchers as well as employers and funders in both the public and private sectors. The Charter provides a framework for the career management of researchers, while the Code promotes open and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. Together they are aimed at developing an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.
Research institutions and funding organisations can gain recognition for promoting better research careers through the HR Excellence in research acknowledgment award, awarded by the European Commission for having made significant progress in implementing the principles of the Charter & Code. In Macedonia four institutions have endorsed the charter and the code and are working towards their implementation: The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, American College Skopje, South-East European University and Association for Economic Research, Advocacy and Policymaking “Finance Think” Skopje.
The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts has fully complied with the HR logo requirements and is hoping to be acknowledged in the fall of 2013.