It is time to refresh the negotiating structure

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the seven years of accession negotiations, the importance of the integration dynamics of Montenegro, and the quality of implemented reforms, especially in the period when stagnation and regression in some areas of strengthening the rule of law are noted, require consideration of the negotiating structure, and contributes through the study Negotiation Structure in Montenegro and Comparative Experiences – Did We Find Best Model?

For short time, Montenegro, as the EU candidate country, had positioned itself as the “leader in the European integration process” in the Western Balkans. During the seven years of negotiations, Montenegro opened 29 negotiation chapters and provisionally closed three. It is already clear that the negotiation process is taking much longer than it was the case with other member states. »

Recognition of foreign diplomas must be systematically and institutionally addressed

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assessed that the issue of recognition of foreign diplomas must be adequately and institutionally resolved, taking into account both the respect of international standards and the national interests of the state of Montenegro. This is especially important concerning the enormous and growing number of foreign educational documents coming from educational institutions in the region and broadly, whose reputation is highly questionable, as we have been warning the Ministry of Education for years.

For these reasons, the CCE also had a representative in the Working Group for drafting amendments to the Law on recognition of foreign educational certificates and qualifications equalization. »

Kaludjerski laz case – one in the series of failed war crimes indictments

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE), within the edition “Dealing with the past in Montenegro”,  has published second publication “Kaluđerski laz” case.  The edition has been founded by the publication on “Morinj” case.

Compiling key and authentic documents of the war crimes in Montenegro, this time of the Kaludjerski Laz case, the CCE wants to accelerate termination of the negative practices of inadequate war crimes processing, building of the necessary institutional framework and encouragement for constructive dealing with the past. It also enables future lawyers, researchers and other stakeholders to have easier integral insight into all aspects of the trial. This structure of the publication contributes to future actions that should lead to the revelation and processing of those responsible for this war crime. »

Need to change approach to students, as well as more of student activism

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of International Students’ Day, which is marked on 17 November, points to the importance of improvement of the position of students, but also to the need for a greater degree of student activism in the development of society.

According to the latest official and available data, there are over 25,000 students at the Montenegrin universities. Although this represents a significant number of those who can contribute to both social and political change, this group remains rather invisible and inactive.

According to the findings of the CCE for the needs of the “Youth Study in Montenegro 2018/2019″, young people are partially satisfied with the quality of education system, and great number (62.91%) of theme are fully convinced into existence of corruption in education. Also, vast majority of young people believe that the education system is not sufficiently aligned with the demand on the labour market (74.6%), which is also reflected in the high youth unemployment rate in Montenegro. »