Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA/ÖFZ, Vienna), International Centre for European Studies (CIFE, Nice/Berlin), with the support of Open Regional Funds (German cooperation/GIZ), The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and French Institute of International Relations (IFRI, Paris) has organised today a roundtable and debate with the topic of Montenegro, Western Balkans and the European Union: Accession Within the Reach?
Today’s dismissal of PhD Vladimir Pavicevic and election of Ivan Jovetic for new president of the Council of RTCG, represents a continuation of political offensive of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) against independency of public broadcaster RTCG.
At the new session with participation of new members of the Council of RTCG, Ivan Jovetic and Goran Sekulovic, a party mission was implemented and a former member of Commission of DPS for international cooperation, European and Euro-Atlantic integration was brought to the head of the public service. By this, a second phase of overtaking of RTCG was done, which has started by dismissal of unsuitable members of the Council Nikola Vukcevic and Goran Djurovic, and by bringing party associates Pajovic, Jovetic and Sekulovic.
DPS is firm in the intention to bring even this institution which has started to show signs of autonomy back under its control. Not even the well-intentioned calls of governments of countries partners of Montenegro, multiple times stated via public and diplomatic channels, have not borne fruit, and DPS has, as we have announced, decided to realise its notion until the end.
We invite all colleagues from non-governmental organizations, citizens, owners of companies and employees in these compandies, state institutions’ employees, accordance with their capabilities, to contribute to the recovery of landslide in the Valley of Heroes where there is ossuary and monument honouring heroes in the Battle of Sutjeska.
Citizens should cherish the legacy of the nation-liberation battle against fascism as one of the fundamental values on which contemporary Montenegro also rests.
Tjentište is symbol of the unity of people of the former SFRY, symbol of resistance, symbol of heroism, symbol that must be preserved for new generations. About 7,000 male partisans and 597 female partisans died in Tjentište, and we have no right to forget them.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will qualitatively and quantitatively follow the media campaign for presidential elections which will be conducted in April 2018. The Project ‘SPINoFACT 2 – Political Advertising between Spin and Facts‘ is a continuation of the same-named pilot project conducted during November and December 2017 for local elections in Mojkovac, Petnjica and Cetinje, which was then supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands.
Monitoring will encompass the period from 15 March to 15 April 2018, and the research will include potential candidates, candidates who are in the process of acquiring signatures and confirmed presidential candidates. After the deadline for submission of presidential candidacies, the research will solely focus on official candidates and their media presentation.
The research will encompass informational and out-informational shows of televisions – RTCG 1, Vijesti, Pink M and Prva; reporting of daily newspapers – Vijesti, Dan, Pobjeda, Dnevne novine and Sloboda, as well as portals – Cafe del Montenegro (CdM), Analitika, Vijesti, RTCG, Antena M, Standard, Fosmedia, IN4S.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has this year as well, now already traditionally, been a host to American participants of prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme in Montenegro from 12 to 16 March 2018.
Montenegro, its potentials and challenges have been a subject of interest of participants of the programme who have, during their stay in Montenegro, got acquainted with its history, familiarised themselves with culture and contemporary cultural expressions, while in their focus was informing and understanding of the current socio-political context and socio-economic situation, especially in regards to rule of law, influence that membership in NATO has, and activities on the path to the EU.