Local self-governments to recognize corruption acts and react within their jurisdiction

Local self-governments should recognize corruption acts and, in the part of their jurisdiction, take disciplinary measures against officials who perform them, assessed Vice-President of Berane Municipality, Rade Kljajić.

Today, in the second part of the national conference ‘Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption at the Local Level!’, organized by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) within the same-name project, financed by the European Union, he said that problem of corruption in the previous period was present in that municipality, “but there were no feedback reactions from the competent institutions”.

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Strengthen capacities of local self-governments in fight against corruption

System for fight against corruption at the local level, as its key supporting level must have Government that is accountable to citizens with equal relation toward all municipalities, credible Agency for Prevention of Corruption and strong Prosecution, as it was stated at national conference of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

Conference ‘Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption at the Local Level!’ was organized within the same-name project in cooperation with NGO Bonum from Peljvlja, Incubator from Kotor and Centre for Investigative Journalism from Podgorica, with financial support of the European Union and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Netherlands.

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How much do students nowadays in Montenegro know about anti-fascist resistance in XX century in Montenegro, region and Europe?

On the occasion of International Day of Fight against Fascism, Antisemitism and Xenophobia, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today findings of research how much Montenegrin students know about anti-fascist resistance in XX century in Montenegro, region and Europe.

Tamara Milaš, CCE programme associate, stated that «surveyed students on general level know the meaning of term anti-fascism – 86,43% of them knew to define this term, but level of knowledge is being reduced as questions are being more specified. Thus, only  ¼ (25.36%) of respondents knew that anti-fascism developed between two world wars, while even 76,64% does not know when anti-fascism as movement has developed».

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Region between stabilicracies and unfinished democracies

Today, at the second panel of the regional conference “Stabilicracy or Democracy?”, organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), he has assessed that Montenegrin politics is deeply divided on one hand on Democratic Party of Socialist (DPS) and political parties that support it, and, on the other hand, on opposition that, as he said, found the boycott of the parliament as an integrative point.

“Politics in Montenegro nowadays is captured by this division, which prevents emergence and development of some third political forces which makes Montenegro politically poor in this moment. And I do not see it as good”, Pavicevic pointed out.

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Montenegrin political actors also in the conundrum of stabilicracy

Stabilicracy is present in Montenegro and has its expression through manipulative techniques of political leaders, who are characterized by lack of dialogue and excess of monologue communication capacities, assessed executive director of Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarevic.

Today at the regional conference «Stabilicracy or Democracy?» , organized by CCE in the partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, she stated that due to monopolization of integration path towards the EU by the authorities, and also due to «reforms fatigue», „governing structures are maintaining the «status quo» as preferable condition of retaining of levers of power“.

„In this framework, stabilicracy is has its expression through manipulative techniques of rigid Balkan leaders who are characterized by lack of dialogue and excess of monologue communication capacites“, Uljarevic pointed out.

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