Centre for Civic Education (CCE) points to the problem of unpaid salaries to users of the “Professional Training Programme”, who have started working on 15 January, and whose employers have, until 4 February, submitted concluded contracts and reports on professional training to the authorized institutions, thus creating conditions for the payment of half-monthly compensation to these persons.
As a reminder, the Law on Professional Training for persons with acquired higher education stipulates the obligation of employers to submit reports on the performance of users to the Human Resources Administration and the Bureau of Employment, not later than until the end of the ongoing month, thus creating conditions for payment of compensations, which are paid by the tenth in the month, for the previous month. Programme users receive compensation amounting to 50% of the average salary in Montenegro for the previous year, and for the purpose of realization of this project, the Government has provided 10 million euros in 2013 year.
The CCE welcomes with great satisfaction the news that the screening reports for negotiation chapters 23 (Judiciary and fundamental rights), 24 (Justice, freedom and security) and 25 (Science and research), were made available on the website of the European Commission and calls for active engagement of Montenegrin authorities for prompt translation of these documents into Montenegrin language, thus making them available for wider public in Montenegro.
The screening reports are key documents produced by the European Commission at the end of the explanatory and bilateral meetings. In the format available to the public, they present the country degree in alignment with EU acquis, the implementing capacity and provide recommendations for further steps.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is not surprised with the situation at the University of Montenegro (UoM) which escalated up to serious problems that have been for long time ignored by the leadership of the UoM, as well as by the authorized inspection and investigation authorities. In this respect, the CCE has for years pointed to the need for the prosecution and the police to tackle the issues that the public is concerned by, because the UoM ended up being more often in the media articles on scandals than in those showing UoM’s contribution, as high-educational institution, to the development of the society.
Latest information about the short-term blockage of the UoM’s financial account further support our allegations regarding the Administration Board President’s and Rector’s irresponsibility, who were at the head of this institution at the time of conclusion of maleficent contracts, among others with the “Kroling”, and at the time of decision making over disputed contracts and annexes, loan raising and over-indebtedness without a plan, which are all actions that have caused irreparable damage to the UoM, both financial and credible one. CCE reminds that we have not managed ever to get a copy of these contracts, for which the management of the UoM has given an explanation that the economic interests of individuals whom with they have concluded these contracts is greater than the public interest to know how the budget money was spent!?
The project “How much and to whom do the citizens of Montenegro pay for advertising” is part of the sub-programme Media and Democracy of the Centre for Civic Education and it aims to raise awareness about the ways inwhich the taxpayers’ money is being spent by public institutions, and increase their accountability in this regard. The specific objective of the project is to examine the relations between public institutions and the Parliament andvarious media in Montenegro, based on the allocation of service contracts, as well as to see if any changes occurred in this area compared to 2011…
How much and to whom do the citizens of Montenegro pay for advertising? – (pdf)
Montenegro (UoM), expresses serious concern about the lack of control of the management of all faculty units at the UoM. This is exactly what constitutes as popular retorics all the frequently repeated announcements about these actions by the president of the Administrative Board of the UoM – Duško Bjelica. Their aim is to camouflage reluctance of the UoM’s leadership to finally start with solving of the accumulated problems that the CCE continuously points out.
CCE repeats that the announced control, if it ever occurs, must be conducted at all the faculties at the same time, thus proving that there are no protected or private interests that are stronger than the public one, as the UoM used to justify in its practice.