DPS wants to demolish RTCG independency even at the cost of activation of balance clause

Reaction of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) on our yesterday’s statement indicates that DPS is in a severe discrepancy not only with critically oriented non-governmental organizations that argumentatively point out deviations of the system and advocate for defence of public interest, but also with the European Union, USA and many other actors in the country and abroad.

Montenegro needs independent public service, not a copy of primitive media formats which have obviously become depleted since they lost real influence on Montenegrin citizens. Hence, panic reaction of creators of illegal actions to at any costs return control of DPS over public service is not surprising.  CCE, IA, CDNGO and CEMI are not the only ones loud in defence of RTCG, which after many years starts to transform into genuine public broadcasting service open for pluralism of opinion. Concern was expressed in more occasions also by representatives of US administration, but also the EU, and which stressed this issue even in the latest EC Non-paper on current state in chapters 23 and 24 in Montenegro, and which was also emphasized to Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in the accompanying letter of commissioner Johannes Hahn, into which signatories of this statement had insight, as well as in recent discussions with MEPs. »

Doctors to freely decide on interests of the profession

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Institute Alternative (IA), Centre for Development of Non-Governmental Organizations (CDNGO) and Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN MNE) appeal for removal of all obstacles as soon as possible and creation of conditions for normal functioning of the Doctors Chamber of Montenegro whose work is being obstructed by the Ministry of Health of Montenegro in various manners for almost a year.

Current leadership of the Doctors Chamber is facing grave difficulties in performing their statutory jursidiction which consequently does not contribute to improvement of health system, professional capacities of the staff, ethical and professional standards and interests of doctors.

It is not only doctors profession that is at the loss, but all citizens for whom is of key importance to have professional and expert system that can offer them a quality health protection.

Doctors Chambers is autonomous and free in its work, and may be a useful part of the health system as a whole. Ministry of Health should follow what are requests and opinion of doctors profession even when its severe critic, and not be someone who will restrict with pressures and impose a course of action of this professional organization. It is the only manner in which they can be allies in recovery of the Montenegrin health system. »

Last assault of DPS on independency of RTCG

We inform national and international public that Administrative Committee of Parliament of Montenegro continues illegal action in proceedings that are being led towards members of Council of RTCG, exactly in the manner that we warned in our statement from 5 October 2017.

Administrative Committee called upon member of the Council, Goran Djurovic, to, in the next Committee session, scheduled for 27 December 2017, declare himself on all circumstances in relation to the fact that he violated Article 11 and 13 of Law on Prevention of Corruption.

We remind that Agency for Prevention of Corruption indisputably ascertained that Goran Djurovic is not in conflict of interest, which may represent the only legally founded basis for further proceeding of the Administrative Committee in this case. Additionally, Administrative Committee has jurisdiction for application of the Law on National Public Broadcaster Radio and Television of Montenegro, which Goran Djurovic has not violated, and which is also indisputably ascertained in the Decision of Agency for Prevention of Corruption. »

Media reported the most about local elections in Cetinje, polarization remains

During campaign for local elections in Cetinje, Mojkovac and Petnjica, the Montenegrin media reported the most about Cetinje elections, while the election campaign should be extended in order to enable citizens to get as realistic a picture as possible of the options available to them.

This was pointed out by research of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today at the ‘SPINoFACT conference – Political advertising between spin and facts’.

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Western Balkans Leaders Appoint Personal Envoys for Drafting of the Agreement on the Establishment of RECOM

The Presidents of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo, and the Bosniak Member of the Presidency of BiH, have appointed Personal Envoys, who will, together with the Coalition for RECOM, prepare a draft Agreement on the Establishment of RECOM.

The Envoy of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, is Tanja Jovic, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of Serbia; the Envoy of the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic, is Professor Sonja Tomovic Sundic PhD, Advisor to the President of Montenegro for Human and Minority Rights; the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov’s Envoy is Ilija Isajlovski, a career diplomat and a member of the Cabinet of the President of Macedonia; the Envoy of the President of Kosovo, Hashim Taci, is Ardian Arifaj, a Political Advisor to the Kosovo President, and the Envoy of the BiH Presidency Member, Bakir Izetbegovic, is Elvir Camdzic, an expert on international relations and the Head of the Cabinet of the Bosniak Member of the BiH Presidency. »