The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) believes that dispute between the University of Montenegro (UoM) and the Government of Montenegro regarding the seat of the Higher Medical School, whose headquarters have so far been in Berane, has its political and legal dimension, while students who already study or want to study are suffering the damage.
When it comes to political dimension, it is clear that the Government of Montenegro has an interest, and due to existing socio-economic situation, namely, attempts to preserve “peace in the house”, and further mobilization of the voting body, to insist that the Higher Medical School remains in Berane, with no long-term or any more thoughtful strategy behind it. The UoM itself was not previously bothered by political appointments or purges, in which its leadership has so far worked perfectly with the Government.
On the occasion of the 11 July – Remembrance Day of the genocide in Srebrenica, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) pays homage to victims of that crime and reminds that the Srebrenica tragedy must not be forgotten, but that memory of the victims in Srebrenica must become part of the compulsory culture of remembrance, as well as that it is necessary that all those responsible for this crime receive justice.
Genocide in Srebrenica represents the most massive crime committed on European soil after World War II, when members of the Bosnian Serb Army have, from 11 to 19 July 1995, systematically killed at least 7,800 unarmed Bosniaks aged 14-70. Crimes committed in Srebrenica in July 1995 were subject of nine trials before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, while the Appellate Council of the Dutch Court has recently confirmed that the Netherlands has a partial responsibility for the deaths of 300 Muslims killed in Srebrenica within the UN protected zone, at the base of Potočari.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) expressed satisfaction, on the occasion of announcement of Government of Montenegro, signed by the Public Relations Service, due to the fact that Government decided to open a dialogue about an important segment of European integration – legitimacy of this process reflected through the public support.
Also, CCE would like to thank the Government on this rather unplanned but unambiguous acknowledgement of CCE’s influence, through the exercised effort to try to deny part of the allegations which Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, made during the show «Direktno» on TV Vijesti. It should be noted that these allegations were made in the presence of high state official who did not try to denounce them during the entire show.
Simultaneously, it is hard to neglect the impression that cause and manner of this reaction are not a good indicator of and Government’s capacity for dialogue and openness in relation to NGOs as partners in this process, when those NGOs have a critical approach.
CCE Executive director did not polemicize with the EU Delegation, but with Government of Montenegro which had its representative, so there is no need for Government to involve other actors in its reaction.
First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the European Union (EU) were marked by successful legal activity, but also by lack of political will in implementation of reforms and unwillingness to make the process of European integration more inclusive.
This was the assessment of today’s conference “First five years of Montenegrin negotiations with the EU”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with German foundation Friedrich Ebert.
Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of CCE, estimated that rhetorical commitment to the European integration must be visible through efficiency of institutions that conduct this process and, as she stated, through establishing constraints in relation to formal and informal decision-makers.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that the decision of Government of Montenegro to appoint Sanja Vlahović for the ambassador of Montenegro to Italy indicates the relation of authorities to values it promotes and which are not based either on knowledge or academic honour.
Simultaneously, this indicates how the interest of one party overruled the interest of state. It is in the interest of state of Montenegro to be represented by people who have a set of undisputed qualities in addition to legal and formal requirements, not those who are unworthy of the position.