Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized today, from 11h00 to 13h00, in Podgorica, on the plateau in front of the National Library ‘Radosav Ljumovic’, second street action of collecting books to enrich the library of the Institute for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions (ZIKS).
During the two street actions, today and the first one that held in Podgorica on 6 April on the Roman Square, nearly 175 books were collected.
Public opinion when it comes to trust in the current judiciary system of Montenegro is divided, but slightly higher number of respondents states that has no trust in the judiciary, as indicated by data from the public opinion survey on transparency of judicary in Montenegro which the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today.
’Those who express distrust, we asked to state three key reasons for that, and within the answers we dominantly got – presence of corruption, influence of politics or politicians on the work of the judiciary and lack of justice. Amongst overall reasons, the order of the first three remains unchanged, additionally procedure lenghth is high ranking, as well as poor human resources policy, selective initiating of cases by the Prosecutor’s office, conflict of interes, subjectivity of judges and the disparities of judicial practice, ’ explained Mira Popovic, CCE Programme Associate.
Participants of the Berlin Process Western Balkan Ministerial Meeting held in Warsaw underlined their commitment to reconciliation and welcomed support of the European Commission on way ahead with regard to RECOM (Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about All Victims of War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia from 1 January 1991 to 31 December 2001).
Within the framework of the Berlin Process Presidency, the Republic of Poland welcomed in Warsaw on 11-12 April 2019 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Berlin Process, the Presidency in the Council of the European Union, as well as representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service to discuss regional cooperation and the progress on outstanding bilateral issues.
During the meeting in Warsaw, Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, Christian Danielsson, underlined that over the last ten years, there been a significant amount of discussion about an approach to dealing with the past with the active involvement of governments and civil society through victim associations, noting the Initiative for RECOM as good example.
“We stand ready to support such actions – actions that come from the region and for the region. We have asked an ex-Director General of the Commission, Pierre Mirel, to reach out to you to see how you can best build consensus on a way forward”, he said.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized Youth Intercultural Camp from 11 to 14 April, at Ivanova korita, within the framework of the project Education for Multiculturalism and Interculturalism, supported by the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro.
Youth Intercultural Camp was attended by 24 high schools pupils from nine Montenegrin municipalities as follows: Rozaje, Niksic, Podgorica, Plav, Bijelo Polje, Cetinje, Pluzine, Mojkovac and Gusinje.
With amendments to electoral legislation and the introduction of open lists, MPs and councilors would be more accountable to citizens, and change of power requires specific proposal of the opposition concerning social issues.
This was stated at the panel discussion ’Democracy and political parties: to whom are responsible councilors – citizens or parties??’, organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and the NGO Active zone from Cetinje last night, as joint activity of the Coalition for Transparency and Fight against Corruption at the Local Level (KUM) and Democracy School.