Centre for Civic Education (CCE) calls on parliamentary political parties to ensure that when appointing their representatives to the new State Election Commission (SEC), in accordance with the recently opened procedure, they are those members who will act responsibly to the law and budgetary funds.
Namely, the latest data received by the CCE, under the Law on Free Access to Information, are an indicator that the SEC continues to irrationally squander taxpayers’ money. Although this institution has been in the public spotlight on several occasions due to enormous financial allocations for its members, most of whom are also public officials, the negative practice has been further deepened in this election cycle. Unfortunately, this kind of financial rewarding was not accompanied by the results, as evidenced by the current proceedings before the Prosecutor’s Office due to suspicions of illegal work of the SEC, but also by scandals that continuously accompany this important state institution.
Judiciary, fight against corruption and rule of law in a broader context are the key issues of Chapter 23, in which Montenegro records a chronic lack of track record in the accession negotiation process with the European Union. Although all election actors during the parliamentary election campaign rhetorically advocated for the acceleration of European integration, the analysis of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) of the election manifestos of these coalitions and parties indicates that these issues were not treated as a priority.
The Croatian Reform Party (HRS) paid the most attention to the issues that are encompassed by Chapter 23, i.e. 11.4% of its programme, followed by the “Black and White” coalition with 8.9%, then the Bosniak Party with 7%, the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and the coalition “For the Future of Montenegro” with 6.8% each, the Social Democratic Party of Montenegro (SDP) with 5.8% and the “Albanian List” with 5.5%. The Albanian Coalition “Unanimously” (4%) and the Coalition “Peace is Our Nation” (2.1%) paid the least attention to these topics in their programmes, while the programmes of the Social Democrats and the Croatian Civic Initiative do not address these issues at all.
In the areas where more is being done to promote diversity, and there is no doubt that most of the activities are in the Capital City of Podgorica, this has a significant impact. Somewhat more radical attitudes of boys, students of secondary vocational schools and those from those parts of Montenegro in which there are not enough activities that contribute to reducing prejudices and stereotypes are noted, as it can be concluded from the results of the research are the attitudes of high school students in Montenegro towards LGBTIQ people, that Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today within the project “LGBTIQ – everyone is some letter!”, supported by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.
With the imprints of the past on the picture of the future, it is possible to come out by determining the roots of the conflict and criminal responsibility, while providing justice for victims, which is still lacking and which feeds new nationalist waves in the region, as assessed at the two-day online workshop “Transitional Justice through Montenegrin and Regional Experience”organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) for law students and young professionals in the judiciary on 18 and 19 November 2020.
Milos Vukanovic, the CCE advisor, introduced the participants to the importance of the process of dealing with the past, as well as the significance of organizing educational programmes to strengthen Montenegro’s human resources for the implementation of all elements of the transitional justice process.
On 12 November, we addressed with an open letter the Prime Minister – designate Zdravko Krivokapić due to the problematic attitudes of Professor Vesna Bratić, which disqualified her for the proposed position of Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. We stand by our request and expect the prime minister-designate to stop ignoring this and similar grounded criticism of the public if he wants to demonstrate a different democratic practice from his predecessors.
Also, due to the frequent misunderstanding and abuse of this address, by the part of the Montenegrin public, we consider as important to emphasize that we strongly condemn the attacks on the candidate Bratic on social media that are linked to her private life. The mockery and shame to which she is exposed do not, nor can have, any justification and represents a brutal misogynistic attack on Bratić as a person with only the intention to hurt, insult and humiliate.