How much do students nowadays in Montenegro know about anti-fascist resistance in XX century in Montenegro, region and Europe?

On the occasion of International Day of Fight against Fascism, Antisemitism and Xenophobia, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today findings of research how much Montenegrin students know about anti-fascist resistance in XX century in Montenegro, region and Europe.

Tamara Milaš, CCE programme associate, stated that «surveyed students on general level know the meaning of term anti-fascism – 86,43% of them knew to define this term, but level of knowledge is being reduced as questions are being more specified. Thus, only  ¼ (25.36%) of respondents knew that anti-fascism developed between two world wars, while even 76,64% does not know when anti-fascism as movement has developed».

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Region between stabilicracies and unfinished democracies

Today, at the second panel of the regional conference “Stabilicracy or Democracy?”, organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), he has assessed that Montenegrin politics is deeply divided on one hand on Democratic Party of Socialist (DPS) and political parties that support it, and, on the other hand, on opposition that, as he said, found the boycott of the parliament as an integrative point.

“Politics in Montenegro nowadays is captured by this division, which prevents emergence and development of some third political forces which makes Montenegro politically poor in this moment. And I do not see it as good”, Pavicevic pointed out.

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Montenegrin political actors also in the conundrum of stabilicracy

Stabilicracy is present in Montenegro and has its expression through manipulative techniques of political leaders, who are characterized by lack of dialogue and excess of monologue communication capacities, assessed executive director of Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarevic.

Today at the regional conference «Stabilicracy or Democracy?» , organized by CCE in the partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, she stated that due to monopolization of integration path towards the EU by the authorities, and also due to «reforms fatigue», „governing structures are maintaining the «status quo» as preferable condition of retaining of levers of power“.

„In this framework, stabilicracy is has its expression through manipulative techniques of rigid Balkan leaders who are characterized by lack of dialogue and excess of monologue communication capacites“, Uljarevic pointed out.

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Why is Government’s Agency being strengthened while Council for Higher Education is being weakened?

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds that last amendments to the Law on Higher Education, adopted in June 2017 have significantly and inappropriately reduced authority of Council for Higher Education. It is therefore concerning a fact that MPs of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), Marta Scepanovic and Branka Tanasijevic, are by proposed amendments additionally seeking to reduce the already limited jurisdiction of this body, due to which it is being completely impeded.

MPs Scepanovic and Tanasijevic submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro amendments to the Law on Higher Education on 19 October 2017. Except for the part of amendment that is of nomotehnical character and proper, some of the amendments seriously jeopardize position of Council for Higher Education.

Namely, proposal of MPs Scepanovic and Tanasijevic deprives the Council of one of the few remaining key competences – determining methodology for ranking of institutions, which is being transferred to the Government’s Agency for Control and Assuring Quality of Higher Education. Determining methodology for ranking higher education institutions must remain within jurisdiction of the Council for Higher Education, otherwise it would exclude expert and academic level of decision making and create a space for manipulation in the conduct of ranking. »

111 NGO are seeking consistent application of the law

111 non-governmental organizations from Montenegro have submitted a letter to the President of Administrative Committee of Parliament of Montenegro asking of this Committee to consistently apply law since in the case of colleague Goran Djurovic there is no legal basis for his dismissal

Parliament of Montenegro
Administrative Committee
Luidj Skrelja, President

Podgorica, 25 October 2017

Dear Mr Skrelja,

We, undersigned representatives of non-governmental organizations, are hereby inviting you, in regards to undertaking further steps in relation to Decision of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption of alleged conflict of interest of the member of RTCG Council Goran Djurovic, to comply with this Decision in which it is clearly and indisputably  stated:

By conducting examination of the Excerpt from Central Register of Economic Entities, as well as by declaration of the named, it was established that activity of the company “Nature” doo Podgorica is mixed agricultural production, indicating that Goran Djurovic is not the person for whom prohibition in Article 26 paragraph 1 item 5 of the Law on National Public Broadcaster Radio and Television of Montenegro is prescribed, since the named is a business owner of a company which conduct of operation is not incompatible with the function that he performs.