Improving the criminal justice system in Montenegro requires more than amendments to the criminal code

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the amendments to the Criminal Code of Montenegro, especially in this part which provides that the punishment can serve at home instead of in a prison. However, for this form of re-socialization and humanization of the sanction, society must be prepared, informed and educated, before the standardization and implementation of these amendments. Only in this way, this system of sanctions can reach its true sense and purpose.

The solution to put the detention as an exception that will be applied restrictively is positive. Namely, the fact is that in Montenegrin prison are more detained and convicted persons than the number of prisioners who can be accommodated in these institutions by the standards which provide adequate living conditions for prisoners. Therefore, this type of sanction represents not only more human solution for the suspect or accused, but also significantly relieves the criminal proceedings. In most cases, relatively easy criminal acts burden the judiciary, being very expensive and resulting most often with mild sanctions. So this solution should save the state budget. »

Improve the status of the journalistic profession

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) congratulates International Press Freedom Day (3 May) to all journalists, as well as to the media, and encourages them to persist in their mission in which they face every-day threats to their independence, professionalism, and sometimes, unfortunately, even their security.

Freedom of the media must be indefeasible and represents a base for citizens to be fully and objectively informed about matters of public concern. Nevertheless, we are witnesses that journalists and reporters are unprotected and often subject to attack. »

Advertisment: Human rights school – XVII generation

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is publishing an ADVERTISMENT for XVII generation of the

- school for learning human rights from theory to practice-

School comprises 3 modules in total of one intensive week with numerous lectures, workshops, film screenings and theater forums which will offer an opportunity to learn and discuss various topics concerning human rights. All costs related to the Scholl are covered by the CCE, with support from the Commission for Allocation of Portion of Lottery Games and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the regional project of human rights education in the Western Balkans, and with the obligation of participants to attend not less than 80% of the programme. »

Some countries show “reforms fatigue”

Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) participates today at the international conference entitled “Further EU Enlargement in South Eastern Europe – the road ahead!”, held in Zagreb and organized by the International Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

At the first panel of the conference on EU enlargement after Croatia’s accession spoke Neven Mimica, Deputy Prime Minister for Internal, Foreign and European Affairs and Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Second panel about the EU and South Eastern Europe in the context of the accession process gathered following speakers: H. E. Paul Vandoren, Head of the EU Delegation in the Republic of Croatia, Jelica Minic, Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council and Kristof Bender from the European Stability Initiative. »

The future of EU enlargment is in change of the approach towards the western balkan countries

Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of the CCE, takes part at the two days long experts’ workshop (15-16 April) organised in Brussels by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation entitled “The future of Enlargement: preparing for Thessaloniki II”. The purpose of the event is to discuss the challenges that the enlargement process is facing, both from the side of EU members and from the side of candidate and potential candidate countries. On the occasion, she presented the main challenges that Montenegro is and still has to face in its accession negotiation with the European Union, problems that may slow down the path itself, focusing on the recent political and corruption affairs that can affect the willingness of EU countries in proceeding with enlargement towards Western Balkans. »