Position of young people in Montenegro should be improved

Montenegro, as it approaches membership in European Union (EU), must do a lot more to improve position of young people, estimated Nikola Janović, Minister of Sport, stating that this ministry has great ambitions for that population.

During today’s agora titled “Montenegrin dream of different Europe”, organised by Centre for Civic Education (CCE), he stated that his Ministry has allocated 170 000 EUR for the first time since 2011 through a contest to youth organisations which submitted their projects.

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Media financing system must be regulated

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, organised a conference today titled “Equal chances for all media in Montenegro”.

Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, opened the conference assessing that the situation in media is “characterised with deep polarisation and wide politicisation of media in Montenegro, which is encumbered by poor quality of reporting”.

She reminded that the CCE has been vocal about this issue for already six years, and that its findings continue to arouse the attention of international stakeholders. “However, we regretfully note that public funding of media in Montenegro remains unregulated, uncontrolled and opaque which leaves media in an ufavourable market position, followed by reasonable doubt that this constitutes an attempt of influence on editorial policy, or on the existence of soft censorship”, she added.

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Young people on European standards during tenth European café

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today organised tenth European café, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), in the great hall of CCE. Within this event, H.E. Veselko Grubišić, ambassador of Republic of Croatia in Montenegro, talked with representatives of high school and student organisations, as well as with youth organisations and youth wings of political parties about European standards and Montenegro – whether conditionality yields the results?.

Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, assesswed at the opening of tenth European café that aspiring countries to EU membership are in the middle of a long and demanding process of internal transformations of society, which can be seen through the challenges on the path to application of Euroepan standards. “European standards are increasingly becoming a moving target, but that must not be discouraging for all those who seek to join the EU. Montenegro should adopt those standards and apply them primarily for its own benefit, so that it could create the basis for the society of functional rule of law, system of responsibility in every branch of government, inclusiveness with regards to diversity and improvement of quality of citizens’ lives. This would consequently lead to opening of much greater opportunities for young people, which are one great, yet still underestimated, resource of this society”, she pointed out. “In this regard, Croatia’s experience is highly valuable. Its lessons should serve Montenegro as guidelines for successful and easier advancement towards the union of European states”, added Uljarević.

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Training on communication skills and human rights completed

Training on human rights for the participants of project Through employment to inclusion was completed today in Centre for Civic Education (CCE). During two-day long training, participants had the opportunity to discuss the contemporary concept, generations and culture of human rights, legislative and institutional framework of protection against discrimination in Montenegro, understanding, tolerance and solidarity, prejudice and stereotypes, as well as the media and human rights of PWD and the (in)equality through language and media reporting.

This is the second module of training within the project Through employment to inclusion. Prior to this one, participants attended another training on skills of communication during which they acquired basic skills of presentation, learned how to function in team, how to solve conflicts, how to prepare for a job interview, and learned the basics of public relations and communication on social networks.

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Populism seriously undermines the institutional system

Daliborka Uljarević, Executive director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), assessed that populism is not just some harmless, everyday political or electoral rhetoric, but a phenomena which seriously undermines the institutional system and erodes the rule of law.

At the first Democratic forum, titled “How to transform populism from a threat to challenge on learning about democracy?”, organised by the CCE in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, she stated that democracy implies pluralism, equality of everyone before the law, regardless of diversity.
That democracy, as she pointed out, should be based on values, not personalities.

“The specificity of prevailing populism in Montenegro is that the ones who question dominant power projects, linked to clientelist networks associated with Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and its leader, per populists, work against the state and state interests, because they equalize one party and state”, told Uljarević.
Hence, according to her, populism is not just some harmless daily political or electoral rhetoric.

“Populism seriously undermines the institutional system, erodes the rule of law, contaminates political culture, deletes responsibility as an institute, and introduces non-democratic arguments and methods. That is why we require an open and substantiated discussion, and therefore we need to insist on making it clear that this situation is not beneficial either for the citizens, or for the state”, elaborated Uljarević.

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