To prevent transformation of radicalism into violent extremism

Radicalism exists in all societies and at various levels, but it is important to prevent its transformation into violent extremism, as it was concluded at today’s public lecture ‘Dialogue in the community – prevention of radicalization and violent extremism‘ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in gymnasium ‘Slobodan Skerovic’ in Podgorica.

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Notice on extension of the deadline for applications to public call

The deadline for application for artists to the Public call for participation at the regional art colony on communicating corruption through artists view has been extended.

The deadline for submitting applications for the call, announced by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) within the program Let’s put corruption into the museum!, has been extended until 15 June 2019, until 16h, and the colony itself will be held app. from 2 to 5 July 2019.

More information is available on the link for this call.

The project LET’S PUT CORRUPTION INTO MUSEUM! is implemented by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in partnership with NGO Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI), NGO Bonum from Pljevlja, NGO UL-Info from Ulcinj and NGO Za Druga from Petrovac, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration and the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, with the support of the Delegation of European Union to Montenegro.

Judges and prosecutors strenghtened their knowledge and skills in PR

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized, on 30 and 31 May 2019, in Podgorica, training on communication skills for judicial officials, within the framework of the Open Justice project, supported by the Ministry of Justice of the Government of Montenegro.

During the two-day intensive programme, 22 representatives of the judiciary, from various courts and prosecution offices, were improving their communication skills and knowledge, and also they were practicing presentations in front of the camera and had preparations for giving statements, with advices for specific situations on current affairs. The training was conducted by public relations experts, Miodrag Strugar and Eleonora Albijanic.

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Appeal sent by 11 Montenegrin NGOs to the Judicial Council of Montenegro regarding the decision for election to the office of the President of the Supreme Court and the candidate for election to the office of the president of the Basic Court in Podgorica, Bar, Plav, Rozaje and Kotor

Today, 11 non-governmental organisations sent the letter sent to Judicial Council of Montenegro regarding the decision on candidates for election to the office of the President of the Supreme Court  and the candidate for election to the office of the president of the Basic Courts in Podgorica, Bar, Blue, Rožaje and Kotor.

Dear Mr. Vukčević,

Incumbent Supreme Court President Mrs. Vesna Medenica is the only one who applied for the advertised Montenegrin Supreme Court President vacancy, while the candidates who applied for the offices of Presidents of the Basic Courts in Bar, Podgorica, Kotor, Rožaje and Plav include, among others, the incumbent Presidents of these Courts, notably Mr. Goran Šćepanović, Mr. Zoran Radović, Mr. Branko Vučković, Mr. Zahit Camić and Mr. Hilmija Sujković. All of them were elected Presidents of the Courts they are now heading on at least two occasions; Mrs Camić and Vučković have been Presidents of these Courts for as many as five and seven terms respectively.

Under the amendment to Article 124 of the Constitution of Montenegro, which came into effect on 31 July 2013, “The same person may be elected the president of the Supreme Court no more than two times.” Pursuant to the amendments to the Montenegrin Act on the Judicial Council and Judges, which entered into force on 1 January 2016, “No-one may be elected president of the same court more than twice.” Article 42(1). »

Common priority: facts about victims

The EU has prioritised neighbourly relations and reconciliation high in the 2018 Enlargement strategy. Its endorsement by the Western Balkans leaders at the Sofia summit (17 May 2018) and their joint declarations on  missing persons and on war crimes, at the London summit (10 July 2018), give hope that  strong support for reconciliation, through the RECOM Initiative, will be agreed upon at the Poznan summit (4-5 July 2019) within the framework of the Berlin Process.

The preparatory ministerial meeting (Warsaw, 11 May 2019) certainly underlined  the “participants’ commitment to reconciliation”, as they  “discussed a possible approach to dealing with the past by the governments with the involvement of civil society and victim associations through the initiative for RECOM” and “agreed to continue exploring this option” (Chair’s communiqué). Pierre Mirel, former Director for the WB at the European Commission, was asked to assist this aim forward.

It is in this context that Pierre Mirel met recently with state institution representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Staša Košarac, deputy of the SNSD Caucus, who issued a press release afterwards (16 May 2019). Mr. Košarac stated that Republika Srpska’s institutions consider RECOM as an “unacceptable institution for encouraging the process of reconciliation”, because “ICTY judgements cannot be the basis for establishing facts and full truth”. How can one deny that beyond the verdicts, even with some mistakes, facts have been established by the trials? »