Government confirmed that overall citizens’ support is below 60 percent

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) expressed satisfaction, on the occasion of announcement of Government of Montenegro, signed by the Public Relations Service, due to the fact that Government decided to open a dialogue about an important segment of European integration – legitimacy of this process reflected through the public support.

Also, CCE would like to thank the Government on this rather unplanned but unambiguous acknowledgement of CCE’s influence, through the exercised effort to try to deny part of the allegations which Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, made during the show «Direktno» on TV Vijesti. It should be noted that these allegations were made in the presence of high state official who did not try to denounce them during the entire show.

Simultaneously, it is hard to neglect the impression that cause and manner of this reaction are not a good indicator of and Government’s capacity for dialogue and openness in relation to NGOs as partners in this process, when those NGOs have a critical approach.

CCE Executive director did not polemicize with the EU Delegation, but with Government of Montenegro which had its representative, so there is no need for Government to involve other actors in its reaction.

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Rhetorical commitment to European integration must be visible through efficiency of institutions

First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the European Union (EU) were marked by successful legal activity, but also by lack of political will in implementation of reforms and unwillingness to make the process of European integration more inclusive.

This was the assessment of today’s conference “First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the EU”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with German foundation Friedrich Ebert.

Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of CCE, estimated that rhetorical commitment to the European integration must be visible through efficiency of institutions that conduct this process and, as she stated, through establishing constraints in relation to formal and informal decision-makers.

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Appointment of Vlahović for the ambassador undermines the reputation of state of Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the decision of Government of Montenegro to appoint Sanja Vlahović for the ambassador of Montenegro to Italy indicates the relation of authorities to values it promotes and which are not based either on knowledge or academic honour.

Simultaneously, this indicates how the interest of one party overruled the interest of state. It is in the interest of state of Montenegro to be represented by people who have a set of undisputed qualities in addition to legal and formal requirements, not those who are unworthy of the position. »

Position of young people in Montenegro should be improved

Montenegro, as it approaches membership in European Union (EU), must do a lot more to improve position of young people, estimated Nikola Janović, Minister of Sport, stating that this ministry has great ambitions for that population.

During today’s agora titled “Montenegrin dream of different Europe”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE), he stated that his Ministry has allocated 170 000 EUR for the first time since 2011 through a contest to youth organisations which submitted their projects.

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Media financing system must be regulated

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, organised a conference today titled “Equal chances for all media in Montenegro”.

Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, opened the conference assessing that the situation in media is “characterised with deep polarisation and wide politicisation of media in Montenegro, which is encumbered by poor quality of reporting”.

She reminded that the CCE has been vocal about this issue for already six years, and that its findings continue to arouse the attention of international stakeholders. “However, we regretfully note that public funding of media in Montenegro remains unregulated, uncontrolled and opaque which leaves media in an ufavourable market position, followed by reasonable doubt that this constitutes an attempt of influence on editorial policy, or on the existence of soft censorship”, she added.