Centre for Civic Education (CCE) had two objectives through conducting a research on financial allocations for the media in Montenegro, within the project “Equal opportunities for all media”.
Firstly, to contribute to raising awareness of the interested public towards responsible spending of financial means from the Budget of Montenegro, pointing to the relation that the public sector has towards media through financial allocations, but also indicating to what extent the Free Access to Information Law is implemented.
Beograd, Pristina and Podgorica
24 December 2014
STEP Coalition, that consists of eight NGOs from Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro, calls on the authorities to use all available resources to respond to attacks and demolition of LGBT Social Centre in the evening of 19 December 2014, the only social and cultural gathering center of LGBT community in Montenegro.
Namely, this is not the only one attack on LGBT Social Center. Within a year of its existence, this is the 25th attack on this center, and what is alarming is that the police have not shed light nor prosecuted any of these attacks. Last demolition was particularly disappointing because it was done again in the presence of the police since the security of this facility is being conducted by the same. The failure of the police and the state as a whole to stop and prosecute these attacks sends a message of fear to again invisible and frightened community and members of the LGBT population are already exhausted to ensure regular functioning and increases their regular expenses. This area is the only environment in which cultural, artistic, scientific, entertainment and social lives of the Montenegrin LGBT community occurs.
Podgorica, 22 December 2014
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the deadline of less than four (4) days for a public debate on the proposed Draft text of the Statute of the University of Montenegro (UoM), which was published on 15 December 2014 on the website of the UoM (http://www.ucg.ac.me/) along with the public invitation for engagement of academic community in public discussion, is utterly inappropriate.
As a reminder, the public debate procedure is applied in accordance with the Decree on the procedure and manner of conducting public debate in preparing laws, where Article 7 provides that procedure of consultation with interested public begins by publishing a call on the website, and that the call for participation in consultation is being referred to bodies, organizations, associations and individuals who are deemed interested in the matters governed by that law and shall keep records regarding it, while the deadline for submission of initiatives, proposals, suggestions and comments in written and electronic form, shall not be shorter than 20 days from the date of publication of the call and it can certainly be longer than 40 days. All of the above mentioned, in exception to public call, has in the case of the Draft Statute of UoM was omitted.