Chapter 26 temporarily closed, but a lot of work still remains

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the provisionally closure of another negotiating chapter – Chapter 26 (Education and Culture). Provisionally closure of this chapter, in addition to previously provisionally closed chapter 25 – Science and Research, is a step towards membership of Montenegro in the European Union.

This chapter is very important for Montenegro, given the limited human resources and the fact that precisely the education and skills of Montenegrin citizens are a prerequisite for strengthening society, economic development and improvement of the overall standard of living. »

Montenegro must reach fair and free elections

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) estimates that a redundant negligence was made when the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to publish the preliminary results without the presence of relevant international observers with whom they would thoroughly review the election material and determine a reliable result.

CCE believes that the elections were held in a highly heated atmosphere, which was preceded by the hyperproduction of information regarding widespread abuse of state resources and pressure on voters. Unfortunately, the relevant government authorities have not responded to this professionally, neither have they investigated the allegations publicly expressed, which additionally reinforced doubts about the legitimacy of the election process. »

EC and OSCE to be involved in the determination of election results

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in the light of the just completed presidential elections, upon which both candidates declared victory,  calls the State Election Commission (SEC) to ensure the presence of relevant international representatives, and especially the representatives of the European Commission (EC) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in order to thoroughly review the entire election material and determine the undeniable result.  This is necessary in order to the actual progress of democratic processes in Montenegro, stabilization of the eventual tensions and the strengthening of confidence into institutions of the system. »

There is still no systematic approach to problem solving at the university of Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) believes that the accusations made by the representative of the Biotechnical Faculty’s student parliament Miloš Bulatović, at the expense of some professors of this faculty who are claimed to have been performing pressure, in terms of threats and bribes, to members of the Student Council in the Parliament to vote for a candidate Slavko Mijović, are serious and yet another in a series of every-day illegitimacies affecting the University of Montenegro (UoM).

Such a scenario, already seen at other faculties, requires immediate implementation of the disciplinary proceedings against named Dejan Pejović and the candidate for the Dean of the Biotechnical Faculty Slavko Mijović. A review of the methods used by the certain professors and students in order to come to their functions is necessary, and primarily, the immediate filing of criminal charges against the suspects of coercion, extortion and bribery. Prosecution should ascertain the truth of all the statements disclosed. »

Naked patriotism

Montenegro will continue to exist, to the extent that its citizens stay committed to two principles: that the country remains sovereign from external interests and pressures, and that its citizens remain sovereign from political pressures by oligarchic structures. Three years ago I wrote here about a profession that does not officially exist in Montenegro but is nevertheless inordinately popular. That profession is patriot.

How does the love for one’s country become a profession? Who chooses it as a profession? Is this good or bad for Montenegro? Do we have a scale on which to measure the extent of patriotic commitment? »