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Centre for Civic Education (CCE) commends the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to act by amendments to the Proposal of Law on State Administration and thus transfer the independent regulator – Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) into public administration system from the framework of newly established state agencies, putting them under direct control of the Government. The solutionthat the Government has been proposing was not good, to whichCCE has been the first to point out.
As a reminder, right upon determining this Law proposal, at the Government’s session from 20/9/2018, the CCE warned of dangers of the proposed provisions which would weaken the independency of the regulator in the media area. Moreover, we have pointed out the opposition of this solution to the relevantAudio-Visual Media Services Directive of the European Union (AVMSD), which was in the adoption process at that time, and which the members of Working Group for drafting this Law must have been familiar with as well. This Directive was even adopted at the beginning of November 2018, and it indisputably puts the accent to strengthening of independency of regulator, contrary to provisions proposed by the Government. Application of this Directive is an obligation of Montenegro within the accession negotiation processand on the basis of the same, the Law on Electronic Media shall be further amended, as it was announced also from the Ministry of Culture.
In order to strengthen society and render it more resistant to the evil of fascism, it is necessary to work on construction of capacities of civic and democratic society, through affirmation of principle of coexistence, tolerance, social responsibility, solidarity, as it was concluded today at the press-conference that the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised on the occasion of presenting the analysis Antifascism in Montenegro – between political trend and educational policy.