EC Working Document confirms stagnation of process in Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the, yesterday presented, the EC Working Paper on the state of play regarding Chapter 23 and 24 for Montenegro confirms our allegations that Montenegro stagnates in these areas, and in some parts also records regression.

This document continues to indicate, more explicitly and profoundly, the problems which are the result of the absence of genuine political will to properly carry out the accession negotiation process with the EU and democratization of Montenegro, as well as the domination of party over public interest.

The European Commission also points to issues that the CCE, with colleagues in the sector, previously addressed, particularly concerning the situation in the judiciary, media and fight against corruption.

In this context, it is extremely important that the European Commission gives an overview of the Judicial Council, which has positioned itself exceedingly negatively in recent period, starting with the manner of conducting interviews with candidates (of which colleagues from the Human Rights Action (HRA) informed the public in detail and with arguments), through the conflict of interest of certain members of the Judicial Council and interviewed candidates, which were also processed by the CCE, HRA, Institute Alternative and MANS to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA). The European Commission has clearly expressed its concern about the third re-election of the President of the Supreme Court, in spite of the Constitutional limit to two terms, as well as other controversial re-elections of the presidents of the courts who have already had two terms, dubious manner in which the Judicial Council interprets the Constitution and law. This substantially affirms the political party and the bias decisions-making of the Judicial Council and ignorance of the constitutional and legal framework. »