Democracy School – XXII generation

CCE and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung publicise AN ADVERTISEMENT for participants of the XXII generation of

DEMOCRACY SCHOOL

- school for learning democracy from theory to practice -

School comprises 5 modules lasting for total of four months. The sessions will be held once or twice a week for two hours. All expenses are covered by the foundation Friedrich Ebert and the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), with obligation of the participants to attend not less than 80% of the programme. Upon finishing of the School the participants shall receive a certificate and be eligible for further educational development.

The right to participate have candidates who want to contribute to development of democracy and civic society in Montenegro. All candidates are welcome, regardless of age, gender, nationality, religion or personal convictions, with the indication that advantage will be given to the activists of the political parties and non-governmental organisations, as well as all individuals who are demonstrating high level of social activism.

The programme of the Democracy School is designed in such a way to offer wider understanding of the democracy idea and manners in which that idea is implemented within various social spheres.

Moderator of the School is professor Radovan Radonjic, PhD, and beside him eminent domestic and foreign lecturers will be working with participants.

All interested candidates may submit their application with short biography (CV) not later than 15 September 2013, on the address:

Centre for Civic Education
(for “Democracy School”)
Njegoševa 36, I floor, 81 000 Podgorica
Tel/Fax: 020 / 665 112
E-mail: info@cgo-cce.org

Two ministries are still hidding information on managers’ incomes in 2012

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) informs the public that after the press release “They promise publicly but fail to deliver data later» from 20 August 2013, the Ministry of Finance has submitted the information required for the CCE research “How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012?” The position of the most closed ministries or those who are still strongly “blacklisted” when it comes to the transparency have maintained, in different forms, the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs.

The project “How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012?” has been designed in the framework of the CCE subprogram Accountability and Transparency of authorities in order to contribute to raising awareness about responsible spending from the Budget of Montenegro. In this regard, the specific objective of this project was to determine the amount of money that managers in the state administration organs have acquired during performance of their duties in 2012, as well as any other additional compensation for the same period at the expense of the budget of Montenegro. This information was collected by CCE, pursuant to the provisions of the Free Access to Information Law, from 3 June until 25 July 2013, and publicized these at the press conference held on 26 July 2013. The project itself has initially included 45 state bodies, 6 of which did not provide the requested information (Ministry of Finance has sent the data on 21 August 2013). »

They promise publicly but fail to deliver data later

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) again wishes to call the attention once again to the lack of transparency in public administration bodies, especially in the Ministry of Finance which, after the publication of CCE’s preliminary report titled “How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012?”, promised the media on 28 July 2013 that it will deliver information on salaries of the top officials in the ministry to CCE as soon as possible. More than 20 have passed since then, but CCE did not receive the information. The ministry thus remains, as noted in the study, one of the least transparent bodies. In addition, it shows itself as a body that promises one thing to the public, but does something completely different in practice.

The project “How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012?” is part of the CCE’s sub-programme Accountability and transparency of authorities, and its goal is to contribute to raising awareness of responsible spending of the public money. The specific aim of this project was to find out how much the top officials in public administration bodies earned in 2012 as compensation for performing their duties, or in the form of other benefits financed from the budget of Montenegro. CCE collected these information using the provisions of the Law on Free Access to Information between 2 June and 25 July 2013, and announced the results at the press conference on 26 July 2013. Originally, the project covered 45 public administration bodies, 7 of which never submitted the requested information. »

Attacks on journalists represent the weakness of the state and its institutions

Centre for Civic Education CCE) strongly condemns the attack on the journalist of the daily “Vijesti” and the weekly “Monitor” Tufik Softić and calls on the authorities to promptly and efficiently carry out an investigation that would reveal perpetrators and persons who ordered this perfidious act which was a direct threat not only to Softić, but also to his family, and to all free thinking journalists in Montenegro.

Namely, last night, around 10 p.m. so far unknown persons threw an explosive device near Softić’s vehicle, which was parked in the backyard of his home. In that moment, Softić was at home with his wife and children. Softić has been a target of the attack also six years ago, when he was in front of his house brutally beaten and till today the case was not investigated to the end and thus practically relevant state authorities gave encouragement for a new attack on this journalist. Even before the attack, Softić was receiving threats because of his writings about crime and criminal groups in the north of Montenegro. »

Suspension of acused police officers is an important message

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the decision of the Minister of Interior Raško Konjević to suspend the three officers of the Police Department Podgorica, which were for years accused for participating in the beating of deceased Aleksandar Pejanović, for what the Basic Court convicted them and what the High Court has recently returned for the re-trial.

Namely, the Basic Public Prosecution Office in Podgorica in 2010 accused Ivica Paunović, Milan Kljajević and Milanko Leković because they have, from the 31/10/2008, from 19h00 until 2/11/2008, to 7h00 in the detention premises of the Police Unit Podgorica in Podgorica, as officers of the Office for duty service within detention, by creating conditions and removing obstacles, intentionally helped so far unidentified persons from the Police Directorate in abusing Aleksandar Pejanović, who was deprived from his freedom, and on that occasion he suffered serious body injuries. »