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Centre for Civic Education (CCE) commends the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to act by amendments to the Proposal of Law on State Administration and thus transfer the independent regulator – Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) into public administration system from the framework of newly established state agencies, putting them under direct control of the Government. The solutionthat the Government has been proposing was not good, to whichCCE has been the first to point out.
As a reminder, right upon determining this Law proposal, at the Government’s session from 20/9/2018, the CCE warned of dangers of the proposed provisions which would weaken the independency of the regulator in the media area. Moreover, we have pointed out the opposition of this solution to the relevantAudio-Visual Media Services Directive of the European Union (AVMSD), which was in the adoption process at that time, and which the members of Working Group for drafting this Law must have been familiar with as well. This Directive was even adopted at the beginning of November 2018, and it indisputably puts the accent to strengthening of independency of regulator, contrary to provisions proposed by the Government. Application of this Directive is an obligation of Montenegro within the accession negotiation processand on the basis of the same, the Law on Electronic Media shall be further amended, as it was announced also from the Ministry of Culture.
In order to strengthen society and render it more resistant to the evil of fascism, it is necessary to work on construction of capacities of civic and democratic society, through affirmation of principle of coexistence, tolerance, social responsibility, solidarity, as it was concluded today at the press-conference that the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised on the occasion of presenting the analysis Antifascism in Montenegro – between political trend and educational policy.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is again pointing out the controversies of awarding the so-called honorary Montenegrin citizenships and the opaqueness of this process, and which often jeopardises the reputation of the country considering who are the ‘lucky winners’ of Montenegrin honorary citizenship.
As per data CCE’s data, total of 250 honorary citizenships were awarded from May 2008 until September 2018. CCE has published list of 203 persons in 2015, in the publication ‘Honorary citizenships – awarder to whom and how?’, with additional 14 names subsequently through efforts to put the issue of legality of awarding of these citizenships under the scrutiny of the Prosecution due to determined irregularities from public reactions of the authorised institutions. In the meantime, the CCE has received list with 33 persons more.
On the occasion of the International Tolerance Day, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) highlights that the path to establishment of society of tolerance and equality is long and requires lots of efforts and devotion of all segments of society.
Tolerance implies freedom of expression and enjoyment of different identities and world-views which in mutual communication construct harmonious relations, prevent violence and promote culture of peace. Tolerance is often and wrongly being equated with withstanding, endurance, refraining from violence and discrimination, but tolerance must be an active position and a conduct which contributes to affirmation of human rights. Simultaneously, it is important to emphasize that tolerance of social injustice or its justification is unacceptable.