State Election Commission must correct the Public Call

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) draws attention of the public that the PUBLIC CALL for selection of trainers for training educators and members of election committees published by the State Election Commission (SEC) on 22 July 2016, referring to the Law on Election of Councilors and Members of Parliament and the Regulation on Procedures and criteria for selection and recruitment of trainers and educators for training of election committees members, is illegal.

Namely, the public call of SEC, amongst other issues, requires from interested candidates a “high professional degree (at least VI-2 level of education)”, as condition. However, the Law on National Qualifications Framework, in the Article 10, prescribes levels and sublevels of education. However, “VI-2 level of education” does not exist in the Law on National Qualifications Framework. The VI level is only regulated as a qualification of higher education (has 180 ECTS credits) or as a professional qualification or part of professional qualification of higher education with a minimum of one ECTS credit. Additionally, there are sublevels at VII level – VII1 and VII2, but these are not specified in this public call. »

Cooperation between the NGOs and Parliament should be regulated by rules of procedure

Center for Development of NGOs (CRNVO), Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Institute Alternative (IA) will not sign the proposed agreement on cooperation with the Parliament of Montenegro, which came as an initiative from the president of Parliament, Darko Pajović.

Namely, CRNVO, CCE and IA assess that the agreement, as legally non-binding act, nowadays does not represent the basis for further cooperation between the two sectors. Such general agreement would have made sense several years ago, when it was necessary to demonstrate good will for the cooperation between Parliament and NGOs, as well as the opening of legislative body in relation to civic society. Neither side could have been particularly satisfied with the outcomes of that agreement since the effects of its implementation remained limited, but it did present the first step towards the establishment of institutional relation between the Parliament and NGOs. »

General public should judge on the originality of Rakočević’s PhD

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) was surprised with the information that the commission of Law Faculty, managed by Velimir Rakočević, found that he did not plagiarise his PhD. This information was brought to the public by Rector Radmila Vojvodić, during a press conference focused on current outcomes of reforms on the University of Montenegro (UoM). One of the indicators of success of those reforms, as well as the will to put the quality and knowledge before other non-academic occurrences, is precisely the case of Rakočević.

CCE has been warning the management of UoM and Law Faculty from February 2016 about the disputability of Rakočević’s PhD, as well as of his PhD thesis. In a constructive attempt to assist the bodies of UoM and Law Faculty, CCE submitted an extensive accompanying documentation related to Rakočević’s case. Unfortunately, instead of processing this case in an orderly fashion and in line with its authorisations – thus proving practical devotion to process of reforms, bodies of UoM and Law Faculty kept their mouths shut for months. Afterwards, CCE informed about the entire case the University in Belgrade and Law Faculty in Belgrade, where Rakočević defended his work. Once Rakočević assumed the position of dean of Law Faculty in Podgorica, previous stance of this Faculty changed abruptly. Namely, Council of Faculty managed by Rakočević, formed a commission which should have determined whether Velimir Rakočević plagiarised his PhD, on which the CCE was informed by the Law Faculty in Belgrade.

University of Belgrade
Faculty of Law

To Dean Professor Sima Avramović PhD

Respected Dean, I inform you that today the Council of Law Faculty of University of Montenegro formed an international expert Commission, during a session held on 30/05/2016, comprised of the professors of Criminal Law, Criminal-procedure Law and Criminalistics for the validation of originality, independence and scientific contribution of doctoral dissertation “Detection and suppression of drug abuse” of Velimir Rakočević, defended in 2003 on the Law Faculty in Belgrade.
We will timely submit you the report of the Commission.
In Podgorica, 30/05/2016 DEAN
(stamp) Velimir Rakočević (signature)
NOTE: original scan available in Montenegrin version of this press release »

What type of Government organization do we need?

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today presented analysis What type of Government organization do we need?, which is a part of regular activities of CCE within the subprogramme Accountability and Transparency of Authorities.

Svetlana Pešić, CCE programme associate, has pointed out that „organization, functionality and transparency of the executive branch is dominantly affecting the quality of political decisions, and consequently the quality of life of all citizens expressed through good housekeeping attitude of authorities towards resources and public interest“.

„What type of Government does Montenegro need? What is the role of inner cabinets, what are their advantages and disadvantages? How much does it cost us having members of Governments and advisers of the inner cabinet? How can we reach an effective organization of the government that is resposible to citizens? were some of initial questions that have motivated Centre for Civic Education’s (CCE) team to reflect on existing system of the Government’s organization in Montenegro, by using a comparative analysis of certain countries in our vicinity, as well as EU member states, but also of those who are neither, but, due to other reasons, they can serve as role model to Montenegro. We have compared the example of Montenegro to Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Germany and Iceland. Also, CCE will give recommendation of new organization of Government of Montenegro that can be useful also to actors that will in October 2016 participate in parliamentary elections”, added Pešić.

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