Ministry of Interior to revise the decision on admission to ‘honorary’ citizenship

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) recently sent an Initiative to the Ministry of Interior requesting a revision of the decision on admission to Montenegrin citizenship under the simplified procedure, adopted in the period from 2008 to 2020, due to the fact that there is doubt that the mandatory legal procedure was violated during the adoption of most of these decisions, specifically in the part that refers to the proposers.

Namely, the Law on Citizenship, which has been in force since 2008, stipulates that on admission to Montenegrin citizenship, where there is a state or other interest of Montenegro, or the so-called honorary citizenship, decides the administrative body responsible for interior affairs, ie the Ministry of Interior, based on the proposal of the President of Montenegro, the President of the Parliament or the Prime Minister of Montenegro.»

European Union (EU) Citizenship – a nexus of rights, a mirror of diversity

In the olden days, when international travel was a bit more than wishful thinking, I would always dread going down the airport corridor that would take me to the border control booth. My anxiety was caused by the knowledge that somewhere along that corridor, I would see a sign telling me to go to the ‘long queue’, often reserved for those who were crossing an external border of the European Union (EU) but were not EU citizens. For that reason, like many other people, would relate EU citizenship to the ability to travel freely. Little did I know then that EU citizenship entailed far more than free movement across borders; that it was a nexus of rights going beyond those that states afford to their citizens, and a mirror of European diversity. As such, EU citizenship is marvellously complex, utterly desirable, and possibly insufficiently appreciated or instrumentalised. How so?

Citizenship of the European Union (EU citizenship) has been established in 1992 to define the rights of citizens of the member states across the Union. Its essence has been enshrined in article 9 of the Maastricht Treaty. Interestingly, even though some form of Europe-wide rights had been contemplated among the Member States since the 1960s, the question of EU citizenship was the stumbling stone for the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty. In June 1992, the Danish people rejected the Treaty in a referendum, eventually leading to stipulations – in the treaties of Amsterdam in 1997 and Lisbon in 2007 – of the particular nature of EU citizenship as reflective of the legal and political architecture of the EU. Put simply, while EU citizenship is deeply engrained in this architecture, it does not and cannot exist on its own, but is linked to national citizenship of Member States, as highlighted in article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. In this sense, the EU citizenship is of a derivative nature. It represents what Rainer Bauböck (2010: 848) referred to as a ‘citizenship constellation’, or ‘a structure in which individuals are simultaneously linked to several political entities, so that their legal rights and duties are determined not only by one political authority, but by several’.… »

The Draft Law on Higher Education is not an expression of the consensus of the WG nor provides the necessary basis for quality improvement

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) does not support the Draft Law on Higher Education, which was in public discussion until 23 December 2021, although the CCE had its representative in the Working Group for drafting this text.

For the sake of the public, it is necessary to point out the controversial aspects of drafting the Law on Higher Education, starting with the very slow dynamics of formal legal activities. In February 2021, a constitutive meeting of the Working Group was held, at which the problems in principle were discussed concerning the current Law and planning the road map for drafting a new text. There were no meetings after that, and consequently no draft version of the new law, although the Government planned to adopt it in the Parliament by the end of June 2021. The Working group was not informed about the reasons for the delay and non-holding of sessions. The delays were also due to changes in the originally appointed members of the Working Group from the relevant Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. Thus, only at the end of July 2021, in a significantly changed composition, the Working Group began intensive work.»

The public expects politicians to work in public and not party interest

„Citizens are increasingly concerned about the direction in which the state is moving, the effects of the challenging economic situation are being felt by the vast majority, and changes for the better are hard to spot. The Memorandum on cooperation between certain parties in power and the opposition is assessed as positive, and the public expects that politicians will be above party differences and that they will think and vote in the public interest and make decisions which accelerate our European path“ are some of the findings of the December MNE pulse, which were published today, within a joint initiative, by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and DAMAR agency.

The tendency indicates that the number of citizens who express concern over the direction of the state of Montenegro is constantly growing. The percentage of those who think that Montenegro is moving in the wrong or very wrong direction, according to the December MNE pulse, exceeds half (51.6%), while less than a third see this direction as good or very good. Montenegrins and minority people express above-average dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs. This opinion is presented both among the younger population and those with higher education. Citizens of Serbian nationality have the opposite attitude.

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Open call for seminar Responsible education through teaching about the 90s

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is announcing an

OPEN CALL for
seminar

RESPONSIBLE EDUCATION THROUGH TEACHING ABOUT THE 90s

The public call for a three-day-long seminar is open to all history teachers and history educators, teachers of civic education and group of humanities and social science subjects.

The objective of the seminar is to present new methodologies in teaching history, civic education, sociology and related subjects, on various social, political, economic, cultural and other events during war operations and gross violations of human rights that occurred in the former Yugoslavia 1991-2001.… »