Municipalities must improve their transparency

Any deficiency in the work at the local level, whether it is a lack of citizens’ service or non-performance of jobs within jurisdiction of local self-government directly affects the quality of life of citizens but also the overall functioning of the system at higher levels, as it was assessed today at the final conference ‘I have the right to know!’ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

During opening of the conference, Daliborka Uljarevic, Executive Director of the CCE, pointed out the fact that ‘local authorities are the closest to citizens and it is to be expected that they are also the most transparent. However, this is not yet the case in Montenegro, whereby significant differences in degree of openness i.e. closeness of local governments exist’. Transparency is also directly linked to effectiveness of the fight against corruption at the local level, therefore we insist on consistent application of the Law on Free Access to Information, both in the part of providing information per requests, as well as in the part of proactivity of authorities to publish all information of public importance at their official presentations‘, concluded Uljarevic.

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Youth and Media – Stand-Ins, Actors or Consumers?

NGO Active Zone from Cetinje and Centre for Civic Education (CCE) have organized today, in the Youth Centre in Podgorica, a conference ‘Youth and Media – Stand-Ins, Actors or Consumers?’.

Andrea Popovic from Ministry of Sports reminded that young people in Montenegro, institutionally speaking, are an cross-sectoral issue. Popovic also pointed out that visibility of youth through media is recognized as one of key priorities within Strategy for Youth. ‘In this regard, Directorate for Youth allocated around half million Euros for projects concerning precisely youth, which is significantly higher sum if we take into account that during last period Ministry of Sports has supported 6 projects with 170 000 Euros. Call for projects will be published at the end of year, and Ministry of Sports expects relevant organizations that deal with youth to engage and submit projects of as good quality as possible‘, announced Popovic.

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RTCG and ID Vijesti with FAST FORWARD 2017

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organizes eighth edition of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2017 that will be held from 10 to 16 December 2017 in Podgorica, Kotor and Berane, with a series of now already traditional and new partners as well.

Central programme will be in PI Cultural-Informative Centre ’Budo Tomovic’ in Podgorica from 10 to 14 December 2017, with accompanying editions in Berane, in Cultural Centre, from 11 to 12 December 2017, and in Kotor from 15 to 16 December in Cinema «Boka».

Recognizing the importance of this Festival, ID Vijesti and portal Vijesti as well as public service Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) will provide support to its realization also this year.

In accordance with signed contracts Vijesti and RTCG will dedicate full media attention via provision of representation of Festival in regular news and other programmes, as well as via promotion of Festival through regular announcements. CCE will present Vijesti and RTCG in promotional material of Festival as media sponsors, give priority for interviews with Festival guests etc. In this manner a perennial cooperation of CCE and public service RTCG and independent daily Vijesti continues in realization of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival, the first and still the only of its kind in Montenegro, which in addition to Podgorica, inscribes also Kotor and Berane in the cultural map of those cities in the region that cherish this sort of festival events. »

Joint work for fulfilment of commitments and better life of citizens

Prof. PhD Srdjan Darmanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Montenegro, was tonight a guest of the last European Café for 2017, that was organized by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Minister Darmanovic has, together with representatives of civil sector, during twelfth in a series of European Café’s, discussed on topic Foreign policy priorities of Montenegro, achievements and challenges.

Daliborka Uljarevic, CCE Executive Director, at the opening of the European Café pointed out that Montenegrin citizens are dominantly committed to foreign policy priorities of Montenegro to which indicates also the recent data from CCE’s research on what are the most preferable countries to live in, if they had not been living in Montenegro. Uljarevic stated that ‘such defined postulates of Montenegro’s foreign policy – commitment to Euro-Atlantic integrations, development of regional and bilateral cooperation – represent a rare example of ruminated and in the public interest directed policy of the Government of Montenegro. However, as in many other areas, we face difficulties in their application, therefore, it is necessary to invest additional effort in the coming period in achieving measurable results  in the area of European Integration.

Prof. PhD Srdjan Darmanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Government of Montenegro, during conversation with participants of the European Café clarified that ‘Montenegro has even by Declaration of Independence from 2006 clearly outlined membership in North-Atlantic Alliance and the EU as its two most important foreign policy priorities.’

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Foreign-policy priorities of Montenegro affirmed among citizens

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that large majority of Montenegrin citizens remains comitted to key foreign policy priorities of Montenegro, which can also be read from the most preferred countries for living which is a solid basis for further work on their intensification.

CCE has, in cooperation with IPSOS agency, asked citizens: ‘If you didn’t live in Montenegro, which other country would you like to live in’, and findings on entire adult population indicate that a little more than third (32%) see Montenegro as only country in which they want to live, while 11% does not have attitude or doesn’t want to respond. Those who would rather see their future in some other country, state America as the most preferable one, followed by neighbouring Serbia, EU and Nordic countries, while the lesser percent of them see Russia as such, and other countries.

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