Strengthened capacities of the CSOs for fight against corruption in Podgorica, Ulcinj and Niksic

The second training module of for representatives of four civil society organizations, whose projects are supported through the project “Let’s put corruption into museum!“, was completed today in Podgorica, in the organization of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

The aim of this training programme was to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organizations of different developmental level, which will in coming period, through supported projects, carry out activities that will contribute to fighting and preventing corruption within their respective local communities, i.e. in Podgorica, Ulcinj and Niksic.

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Within the first three-day module, held from 23 to 25 March 2018, participants were able to learn more about project management, focusing on projects funded from EU funds, starting from the importance of the project cycle, through the drafting and development logical framework matrix, to narrative and financial reporting. The second three-day module was held from 30 March to  1 April 2018, focusing on specific communication tools to enhance project visibility, Guidance for EU Funded Projects on Visibility and Communication, use of social networks in project communication, as well as on developing visibility materials in accordance with the EC visibility rules.

The project “Let’s put corruption in the museum!” aims to contribute to decreasing the corruption at the local level and strengthening citizens’ engagement in the fight against corruption at the local level in Montenegro. The project envisages to influence the increase of transparency of the work of municipalities in Montenegro, as well as to the implementation of anti-corruption policies, through direct cooperation of CSOs, state institutions and citizens.

The project “Let’s put corruption in the museum!”, the CCE conducts in cooperation with NGO Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI), NGO Bonum from Pljevlja, NGO UL-Info from Ulcinj and NGO Za Druga from Petrovac, with associates – the Ministry of Public Administration and the Anti-corruption Agency, and it is funded by the EU Delegation to Montenegro.

Miloš Knežević, PR/programme associate

Presidential campaign through media

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today, within the project SPINoFACT 2 – Political advertising between spin and facts’, presented first findings of monitoring of media campaign for presidential elections which are to be conducted on 15 April 2018.

CCE project assistant, Bojana Knezevic, emphasized that this is an overview of campaign in media in the observed period from 15 to 26 March when the deadline has expired for submission of candidacies for president of Montenegro. ’Monitoring encompasses qualitative and quantitative research. In this regard, the total number of media releases of candidates as per type of media and as per candidates was monitored, as well as presence of candidates in media, planned and non-planned releases, tone of campaign of candidates, topics which are dominant in campaign, mutual attacks and criticism of presidential candidates’, said she. In addition, she clarified that research included 17 printed and electronic media, as follows – televisions – RTCG1, Vijesti, PinkM and Prva; daily newspapers – Vijesti, Dan, Pobjeda, Dnevne novine and Sloboda, as well as portals – Cafe del Montenegro (CdM), Analitika, Vijesti, RTCG, Antena M, Standard, FOS Media and IN4S.

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Ministry of Culture deceives the public

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that Ministry of Culture is deceiving the public of Montenegro by claiming that ‘Government of Montenegro does not wish to determine this and other legal texts without previous recommendations, i.e. expert assessments contained both in the analysis of the Council of Europe, and the necessary expert opinions by the European Commission‘. Precisely the pressure on Working Group for development of the Draft Media Law to exert its task through quick and intensive process, but without clear strategy, denies allegations of Ministry of Culture. After all, if this is all as the Ministry of Culture is publicly claiming, why the rush to, at the expense of quality, out of the sight of the public, finish the work on a legal text which was not changed for more than 15 years now for less than two months, and maybe even prior to publishing of the analysis of the European Commission and the Council of Europe?

Working group was imposed with obligation to prepare the Draft Media Law until 10 April 2018, whereby the authorised Ministry of Culture entered this process without any previously prepared assessment which would indicate problems in the application of the current Law, without defined methodology of work and without offered proposals for solutions for improvement of the existing state of affairs. »

Ministry of culture violates the Government regulation and continues clash with unsuitable NGO activists

We call upon Ministry of Culture to publish the Decision on appointment of representative of NGO in the working group for Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on National Public Broadcaster Radio and Television of Montenegro. Ministry should have published this decision more than 15 days ago, and the working group for drafting this regulation held its first meeting already last week.

Candidates of NGO for membership in the working group were Kristina Cetkovic and Goran Djurovic. On 2 March, Ministry of Culture has published a List of candidates of NGO for membership in the working group, and a group of non-governmental organisation requested the Ministry to annul the list and repeat the procedure of selection of representatives of NGO on the basis of submitted candidacies.

Ministry ignored this call and continued the process of development of the Draft Law with no participation of NGO who fulfil conditions prescribed by the Government Regulation on manner and procedure of exercising the cooperation of the state administration organs and NGO. Namely, the Regulation, in Art. 11 clearly states that:

‘Candidate of a non-governmental organisation for member of the working body may be a person who:

  • is Montenegrin citizen, with residence in Montenegro;
  • possesses experience in relation to the task of the working body;
  • is not a member of organs of political party, civil servant, state official, or employee.’
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Truth as a prerequisite for justice for victims and reconciliation

On the occasion of 24March, the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, the Centre for Civic Education appeals to the Montenegrin judiciary to take all legally prescribed measures to resolve the destiny of missing people and to repress the impunity of war crimes by processing responsible for violation of human rights and for the suffering of innocent people during post-Yugoslav wars in 1990s. Other competent institutions have to undertake more efforts in order for the facts on crimes from the past to become a part of general culture and formal education system, as we have a right to know the truth about serious violations of human rights and dignity of the victims.

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