Montenegro continuously demonstrates its commitment to good regional relations and in addition to the constructive role in regional cooperation through active participation in various regional initiatives, the country has demonstrated full commitment to the continuous development of good neighbourly relations. This area is an example of the effectiveness of the EU external incentives and the readiness of domestic governing structures to comply with the requirements on the path to EU membership, as assessed in the study “Good neighbour – Montenegro and Regional Cooperation”, published by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
The analysis of regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations of Montenegro requires consideration of several interdependent factors, especially political, geographical and cultural. It also includes a review of the EU accession process, which prioritizes the strengthening of regional cooperation. Precisely these factors and processes represented the methodological framework used by the authors of this publication during the analysis – Dr. Vladimir Vučković, CCE Programme associate, Milos Vukanović, CCE advisor and Mira Popović, CCE Programme Coordinator.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) received, a few days ago, the two more decisions from the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC) which determined that the MPs of the former ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), Nikola Rakočević and Jovanka Laličić, violated the Law on Prevention of Corruption due to non-reporting of accurate, complete and precise data in the reports on income and property for 2017.
In mid-May 2018, the CCE submitted the Initiative requesting the establishment of misdemeanor liability for the 25 MPs of the former ruling majority due to non-reporting of accurate, complete and precise data in the reports on income and property for 2017. Over the past 30 months, since the submission of the Initiative, the CCE has sent dozens of requests to the director and the Council of the APC.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung have published “Parliamentary Elections in Montenegro – Election Programes of Parties and Coalitions 2020” which brings the integrated official election programmes of all actors who participated in the parliamentary elections held on 30 August 2020.
The Coalition “Together for LGBT Rights” hereby expresses its support for Montenegro Pride 2020 and Pride Week, which lasts from 14 to 20 December 2020, organized by Queer Montenegro, with the support of the Spectra Association, NGO Juventas and the Association of LBTQ Women Stana, through the Organizational Montenegro Pride 2020 Board, and invites all institutions, organizations, companies and associations to join that support.
The “Together for LGBT Rights” Coalition supports all the requests of the LGBTIQ community made during the Pride Week announcement. We are supporting the legal protection of rights of LGBTIQ persons, and primarily full functionality and implementation of the recently passed Law on Life Partnership of Same-Sex Persons. This Law represents one of the greatest achievements of the LGBTIQ community in the field of human rights, a significant step forward for our country, as well as a goal for which the LGBTIQ community has long fought and fought by resisting prejudice and stereotypes, discrimination and violence. The Coalition reiterates its request to the Government of Montenegro and the competent authorities to do everything possible to ensure the implementation of this Law, and to adopt regulations that will enable the LGBTIQ community to have all human rights.
On the occasion of the announcement that the MP of the Democratic Front Jovan Vučurović will be nominated for the President of the Committee for Human Rights and Freedoms of the Parliament of Montenegro, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Human Rights Action (HRA) indicate that such an appointment would annul the purpose of this Parliamentary Committee and call on the MPs to find another personnel solution.
CCE and HRA remind that Vučurović is a politician who has not demonstrated an understanding of the modern concept of human rights in his engagement so far. His statements particularly raise concerns and can be a serious obstacle to the necessary process of dealing with the past and inclusion of certain vulnerable social groups. His appointment to this position would call into question the Parliament’s commitment to democratization, but also the process of Montenegro’s accession to the European Union.
In the Parliament of Montenegro, during the debate on the expose of the new Prime Minister, MP Jovan Vučurović denied the genocide in Srebrenica, claimed that ‘Montenegrins do not exist’ and in some of his earlier speeches spoke disparagingly about one of the most marginalized social groups – the LGBT population. These standpoints do not recommend him for performing the function of the President of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms.