Political parties should be allies to civil society in fight for rights of marginalized groups

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized the European Café in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) today in the great hall of CCE. Guests of the European Youth Café were: Danijel Kalezić, Chairman of the Managing Board of Queer Montenegro, Valentina Minić, MP of Democratic Montenegro and Miloš Nikolić, MP of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) who had conversed about topic of How much are young people in Montenegro united in diversity? with representatives of high school and student organizations, as well as youth organizations and youth organizations of political parties.

European Café was opened by Tamara Milaš, programme associate at CCE, who reminded the present auditorium of a research of CCE and FES Youth – social decor or social capital?, which data indicate that young persons demonstrate the greatest social distance towards homosexual persons (38%), HIV positive persons (32%), migrants (27%), but also persons with mental disabilities (16%), while they are the most tolerant, i.e. exhibit the smallest social distance towards students, persons with physical disabilities, retired persons and persons with visual or hearing impairment 3%). In this regard, Milaš pointed out that “it must be paid special attention to work of those who create public opinion and who send various messages both via media and political channels to the public in order to develop an understanding of diversity and tolerance”.

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Potentials of CSO should be used for improvement of quality of public administration’s work

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized today the second roundtable “I have the right to know” in Kotor, in cooperation with Television Kotor, wherein, among other, was concluded that it is necessary to utilize potentials of civil society organizations in order to improve quality of work of local self-government organs.

Roundtable was opened by Mira Popović, CCE programme associate, who on that occasion noted that “through project «I have the right to know» CCE wants to point to a sequence that is often forgotten here: public sector organs are the ones which should be in service of citizens rather than existing solely for themselves or for positions created in them”.

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Work of Montenegrin municipalities should be more transparent

Work of Montenegrin municipalities should be more transparent and more open to citizens, as it was concluded today at the roundtable “I have the right to know” organized by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in Pljevlja in cooperation with NGO Bonum.

Mira Popović, programme associate in CCE, emphasized that the right to free access to information in Montenegro is significantly limited, contrary to recommendations of the European Union. “Data are not available in any other manner prescribed by the Law, and these are just some of problems that citizens face in their day-to-day tasks, but also civil society organizations that focus on research and are not able to get specific data, given that that organs mostly advertise them as secret, which will, in the future, be more and more frequent, due to abolition of obligation to conduct the hazard test”, concluded Popovic.

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Public has the right to know, while authorities must provide access to information

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) on the occassion of day of free access to information reminds that latest amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information have significantly limited this right, contrary to recommendations of the European Union.

As a brief reminder, latest amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information should have referred to introduction of rule of reusing information. However, in the process of amendments, there was an expansion of the field of action. Thus, the basic text of the Law is burdened by provisions whose modifications directly affect (non) availability of data, such as elimination of the hazard test, which means that organs may arbitrarily advertise secret documents and thus restrict the availability of data. This problem has been identified earlier by the civil sector, especially in regards to data on state money expenditure, decision-making on capital projects, etc. Practice of state organs has shown great creativity also in circumvention in submitting information as well as often enormously high cost estimates of copying and delivery of data, which essentially prevented the access to requested information.

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RECOM as a prerequisite of lasting peace on Western Balkans

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and the Coalition for RECOM, with regard to the International Day of Peace, which is marked on 21 September, invites presidents of post-Yugoslav countries to sign the agreement on foundation of Regional Commission for the establishment of facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights committed in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001 (RECOM) and thus contribute to building of good-neighbourly relations, to public acknowledgement of all victims which is a prerequisite of good faith and peace building, and at the same time a guaranty that the war crimes won’t repeat.

It is a duty of presidents and governments of post-Yugoslav countries to secure a permanent peace in the region, and the establishment of RECOM has great potential to support them in that direction.

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