Representatives of 14 non-governmental organisations (NGO) have signed a Memorandum on establishment of the Coalition for Transparency and Fight against Corruption at the Local Level, with an objective of, as it was stated, strengthening of transparency and responsibility of institutions in areas of particular risk for this negative occurrence.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of publishing of results of screening by Special State Prosecution in cases of war crimes, elaborated in Report on work of State Prosecution, draws attention of the public to the fact that during 2017 all criminal charges related to cases of war crimes were rejected.
CCE assesses this to be discouraging for the overall process of dealing with the past in which Prosecution has an important role. The existing mechanisms by which processes related to war crimes could be accelerated are insufficiently or inefficiently being used. This is yet another evidence of simulating reforms by Montenegrin institutions which instead of production of tangible results use statistics in an attempt to present that they are dedicatedly working on fulfilment of the set benchmarks within the Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights).
It should be reminded that previous proceedings, via unsustainable indictments and fictitious court proceedings, resulted in acquittal of the majority of those who were indicted for war crimes. Even so, as a rule, this was only a low number of perpetrators and never those who were in higher chain of command. Upon passing of Strategy on investigation of war crimes, which is just an expression of a need of proving before European Commission, Special Prosecution has during 2015 launched new investigations and formed seven cases for criminal offences related to war crimes. This was assessed as positive by domestic and international expert and interested public and that step forward was noted also in the EC Montenegro 2016 Report.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will conduct a qualitative and quantitative monitoring of media campaign for local elections that are to be held on 27 May, 2018 in Podgorica. Project ‘SPINoFACT 3 – Political advertising between spin and facts’ represents a continuation of homonymous projects SPINoFACT 1 (carried out during November and December 2017 for local elections in Mojkovac, Petnjica and Cetinje, which then supported the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands) and SPINoFACT 2 (carried out during March and April 2018 for presidential elections).
The monitoring will include period from the day upon expiration of deadline for submitting electoral lists, 2 May until 27 May 2018, and the research will involve confirmed electoral lists, its holders and candidates.
The research will encompass informative shows of televisions – RTCG 1, Vijesti, Pink M, Prva and A1 television; daily newspapers’ reporting – Vijesti, Dan, Pobjeda, Dnevne novine and Sloboda; as well as portals – Café del Montenegro (CdM), Analitika, Vijesti, RTCG, Antena M, FOSmedia i IN4S.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, has organised today an informal meeting within the framework of European Café with MPs of Parliament of Montenegro, from various MP clubs, and members of Committee for European Affairs of House of Representatives of the Parliament of Kingdom of Netherlands.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today, within the project ’SPINoFACT 2 – political advertising between spin and facts’, presented final findings of monitoring of media campaign for presidential election which have been conducted on 15 April 2018.