THINK LOCALLY – ACT LOCALLY! Results of local self-governments in application of mechanisms for prevention and fight against corruption at the local level in Montenegro

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Authors: Ana Nenezic, Milka Tadic-Mijovic, Zeljka Cetkovic, Marko Sosic

Publishing year: 2018

Corruption is directly impeding rule of law, demolishing moral of society and shattering stability and economic progress of state. Not only it is in contrast with positive legal regulations, it represents also a deviation of fundamental social principles. Therefore, fight against corruption represents a precondition for development of democratic society.

Corruption is also one of key challenges that Montenegro is facing, and consequently adequately addressing corruption must be a key task of state administration, including also units of local self-government. According to researches, of both international and national organisations, fight against corruption in Montenegro remains at unsatisfactory level and additional efforts are needed in order to achieve sustainable results in this area.

Unlike at national, corruption at the local level has not been recognised for a long time as an issue that must be paid attention to. Precisely lack of efficiency and responsibility at the local level has resulted also in enormous debt of Montenegrin local self-governments, which has at the end of 2016 amounted to 143,091 million EUR, whereby system of responsibility does not exist in practice, and there are rare examples of effective processing of corruption cases at the local level by authorised organs.

Report is a part of the project ‘Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption at the Local Level’ implemented by Centre for Civic Education (CCE), in cooperation with NGO Bonum from Pljevlja, NGO Incubator – Space for Independent Cultural Initiatives from Kotor and NGO Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ MNE) from Podgorica, and is financed by the European Union, with co-financing from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Netherlands.