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. »

EC Working Document confirms stagnation of process in Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the, yesterday presented, the EC Working Paper on the state of play regarding Chapter 23 and 24 for Montenegro confirms our allegations that Montenegro stagnates in these areas, and in some parts also records regression.

This document continues to indicate, more explicitly and profoundly, the problems which are the result of the absence of genuine political will to properly carry out the accession negotiation process with the EU and democratization of Montenegro, as well as the domination of party over public interest.

The European Commission also points to issues that the CCE, with colleagues in the sector, previously addressed, particularly concerning the situation in the judiciary, media and fight against corruption.

In this context, it is extremely important that the European Commission gives an overview of the Judicial Council, which has positioned itself exceedingly negatively in recent period, starting with the manner of conducting interviews with candidates (of which colleagues from the Human Rights Action (HRA) informed the public in detail and with arguments), through the conflict of interest of certain members of the Judicial Council and interviewed candidates, which were also processed by the CCE, HRA, Institute Alternative and MANS to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA). The European Commission has clearly expressed its concern about the third re-election of the President of the Supreme Court, in spite of the Constitutional limit to two terms, as well as other controversial re-elections of the presidents of the courts who have already had two terms, dubious manner in which the Judicial Council interprets the Constitution and law. This substantially affirms the political party and the bias decisions-making of the Judicial Council and ignorance of the constitutional and legal framework. »