Administrative Committee of the Parliament of Montenegro determined the Proposal for the list for the appointment of the RTCG Council by authorized proposers. Proposal for the list was unanimously supported by the MPs of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which confirmed that the DPS had controlled this process from the beginning, and that there was not a single candidate on the list that was tailor-made for the ruling party, as it became the key criteria for the election into the RTCG Council .
European Commission unambiguously expressed its position in the Montenegro 2019 Report, stating that undue political interference in the work of the public broadcaster are matter of serious concern. Instead of receiving it as a warning, the DPS is even more agile to conquer all the institutions that are crucial for the legitimacy of the upcoming electoral process, directly jeopardizing dynamics of our path to the EU.
This is also noted by the European Commission, as indicated by today’s tweet of the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Aivo Orav, in which he stated ‘The latest EU Commission report on Montenegro sent a clear message about the importance of remedying continued political interference in the national public broadcaster RTCG. It is a matter of serious concern, which requires resolute steps.’ This tweet was shared by the top European Commission officials from Brussels, including Commissioner Johannes Hahn, as well as the US Embassy in Montenegro, pointing out that the major foreign policy partners of Montenegro speak with one voice. And, it is exactly them that DPS directly confronts because of its party interests, jeopardizing the state and public interest.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro on adoption of amendments that will return back to civil servants at the state and local administration rights deriving from their work in terms that they will be eligible also for financial claims on the basis of their work and that this will not be obsolete. Such unconstitutional restrictions were introduced in 2018 by the amendments to the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees and the Law on Local Self-Government.
As a reminder, on 22 October 2018, the CCE submitted to the Constitutional Court the Initiative for a review of the constitutionality and legality of the provisions of the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees, which limit claims based on work. In the meantime, at the end of March 2019, the Government declared itself regarding this initiative, assessing it as ungrounded, and essentially putting in finance ahead of the equality of citizens before the law.
Active approach of all parts of our society, as well as networking of student and educational structures, is very important to confront elements that lead to extremist ideas, as it was concluded at the fourth public debate ‘Dialogue in the community – prevention of radicalization and violent extremism‘ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), which drew the attention of large number of students of the Mixed High school ‘Beco Besic’ in Plav.
The lack of information about others and the intolerance towards others lead to prejudice and radical attitudes that are an obstacle for unification within our diversities, as it was concluded at the third public debate “Dialogue in the community – prevention of radicalization and violent extremism” organized today by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in Gymnasium ’25 May’ in Tuzi.
Communication within the community plays an important role in prevention of radicalism and violent extremism, since lack of adequate communication generates fear, which further creates space for manipulation and can lead to conflict, as it was concluded today, at the second public debate ‘Dialogue in the community – prevention of radicalization and violent extremism‘ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in Bar.