02 January 2019 - The restoration of the Cemetery of the Petrović dynasty, which is located near the entrance of the Cetinje Monastery, has been completed. The Directorate for Protection of Cultural Property of Montenegro approved the reconstruction works and they cost about 12.000,00 EUR.
For the first time in more than half a century, the Cemetery of the Petrović dynasty was restored and returned to its original appearance.
Conservators and technicians of the Centre for Conservation and Archaeology renewed the vaults, pilasters, and walls on the inside of the cemetery and repaired all nine graves within the cemetery.
The conservation of the inscriptions on the tombstones was made during the reconstruction, which was done following the original inscriptions. Also, the restoration of heraldic and religious symbols on the graves was done. Two licensed conservators and three conservator technicians worked on this project. Besides the reconstruction of the grave sites and the conservation of the inscriptions, the works included the restoration of the staircase, wrought iron fence, as well as levelling the terrain between the grave sites where the ground stone was added.
Duchess Stana Mirkova Martinović, mother of King Nikola, daughters of King Nikola - Marija, Vjera and Ksenija, his grandson Prince Mihailo and the sons of Prince Mirko Petrović - Stefan and Stanislav, rest at the Petrović Cemetery at the Cetinje Monastery. The tombs of Princess Zorka Karađorđević and her son Andrija, whose remains were transferred to Oplenac in 1912, are empty ever since.
01 January 2019 - Further movements of interest rates on loans will mostly depend on effects of the normalization of monetary policy in the EU. If interest rates remain unchanged, as the monetary authorities in the EU are announcing, I expect that they will remain at the same level in Montenegro too, said the Governor of the Central Bank of Montenegro, Radoje Žugić.
He said that interest rates could go up if the European Central bank drastically changed the course of its policy and increased reference rates. However, trends at the European market do not indicate drastic changes in the policy in 2019, and, therefore, the CB does not expect an impact on domestic money price.
“A strong trend of reduction in interest rates in Montenegro has been obvious for quite some time. Although they are recording historically minimum levels, interest rates are still very high, that is, they do not contribute to minimizing the weaknesses of the real sector – non-liquidity and insufficient competitiveness,” said Žugić.
According to him, interest rates on savings are at an extremely low level.
Žugić pointed out that the Central Bank had prepared and delivered to the Government recommendations for the economic policy for 2019.
“By analyzing the overall macroeconomic situation, we have identified the domains where it is necessary to undertake specific measures, to increase competitiveness and improve the business environment and thus open the growth potentials necessary for more intense economic growth and reduction of risks involved. The Budget plan for the next year was projected on real bases and by the recommendations of the Central Bank. The key factor of maintaining fiscal sustainability is the consistent implementation of the measures of fiscal consolidation,” said Žugić.
After analyzing business environment, it has been stated that improvement of competitiveness is one of the key components for conducting appropriate economic policy.
“In that context, we made a recommendation that should entail changes rates of contribution on the salaries. We have also suggested considering the possibility of increasing minimum wage, as well as continuous work on suppressing grey economy to create an effective measure for increasing competitiveness and reducing the informal economy. According to the assessment of the potential negative impact on fiscal indicators, the Government’s opinion is that there is no space for an increase of minimum wage next year. However, it is necessary to consider this implementation,” says Žugić.
Asked whether the request of the opposition regarding the reduction of excise on fuel due to high growth rates is founded, Žugić says that chances for that are slim, due to the process of the rehabilitation of debt and deficit.
He also said that the temporary management in Atlas and IBM was introduced with the aim of considering possibilities for the continuation of their business.
“If the reports show that their business is sustainable, recapitalization will be called. The existing owners will have the advantage. In case of a negative report, the outcome would be taking away the work permit and instigation of bankruptcy proceedings,” said the Governor of the Central Bank of Montenegro.
January 1, 2019 - The Ministry of Health has begun to think about building a new hospital in Kotor, said the Director of the General Hospital of Kotor, Dr Ivan Ilic.
December 30, 2018 - New Year's program in Bokelian cities is very diverse, so it's hard not to find a party for your taste. Whether you are a fan of good rock, love pop or enjoy the sounds of folk music, Kotor, Tivat, Budva or Herceg Novi will satisfy your preferences. Here's a review of the New Year's programs that will make it easy for you to make a decision.
December 30, 2018 - Within the celebration of the Children's New Year at the Arms Square in Kotor, the central event “Waiting for Santa Claus“ starts today at 4 pm. Activists of NGO Karampana and Kotor's artist Goran Moškov Gonzo have prepared an interactive program with a message – Let's Love, This is the Year of Love! As part of the event From Christmas to Christmas, follow the performances of the Kotor musicians in the program named "Kotor-City of Good Music." General sponsor of the event From Christmas to Christmas is Luštica Development company.
29 December 2018 - In Montenegro, Christmas Eve is celebrated on the 6th January and Christmas Day falls on the 7th January because the main Orthodox Churches still use the old 'Julian' Calendar. In the Orthodox Church, Advent starts on 28th November and last for six weeks. During Advent, some people fast, and they don't eat food that comes from animals (meat, milk, eggs, etc.).
Christmas Eve is called 'Badnji dan' during the day and 'Badnje veče' after sunset. It's a time where families prepare for Christmas. Many don't eat food that comes from animals on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve morning, it was traditional for men to go out into the woods and cut a type of Yule Log called a 'Badnjak' (Christmas Eve tree), generally from an oak tree. Now more people live in towns and cities, and they can buy a Badnjak from the market! The Badnjak is brought into the house on Christmas Eve evening and is meant to burn through the evening and night.
Outside of churches, there are often large bonfires where people gather in the early evening on Christmas Eve. There are sometimes nativity and Christmas plays put on either outside or inside the churches. People can bring special Badnjak to put on the bonfires.
There are two Orthodox Churches in Montenegro, The Serbian Orthodox Church, and the Montenegrin Orthodox Church. They have different main Cathedrals and have two large bonfires outside them on Christmas Eve.
'Česnica' is a special kind of bread made at Christmas and it's made in a round shape. The bread is passed around, and each member of the family gets a piece. There is a coin hidden in it and whoever gets the coin will be particularly fortunate in the next year! At the main Christmas meal you might also eat 'pečenica' (roast pork), 'sarma' (cabbage stuffed with rice and ground meat) and different kinds of cakes!
Under the dinner table, there should be some straw as a symbol of the stable/cave where Jesus was born. When the straw is spread out, some people make the noise of a chicken! Clucking like a chicken symbolises that Jesus wanted people to follow him like one big family (like chickens gather together!). It's also common for a handful of walnuts to be spread on the straw.
In Montenegrin, you wish a Happy/Merry Christmas with “Hristos se rodi” - Christ is born and “Vaistinu se rodi” - truly born (reply).
December 28, 2018 - President Milo Djukanovic presented the humanitarian medal to Konstantina Maraš from Niksic, who donated her kidney to his fellow citizen Ilija Bulajic.
As announced from Djukanovic's office, he said that he was extremely pleased to give her more than a meritorious acknowledgment for a brave, human and humanitarian act, once again affirming the humankind in Montenegro and a solid attitude towards people who need help.
"Such examples confirm that the notion of humanity has not only remained in history but has been living in Montenegro today," Djukanovic pointed out. He emphasized that he is particularly happy that, in the time of alienation and fast life, there are noble people who understand the needs of others and, unselfishly, help solve their problems or reduce them.
By recognizing Konstantina Maras, the state gives recognition and respect for a brave act and sends a message to everyone that we do not have the right to selfishness, but that we have to help people overcome their injuries," the president said.
The distinguished citizen from Nikšić thanked the President, saying that this recognition would be an incentive for further humanitarian work.
"Maras pointed out that such gestures are recognized even worldwide as a special value of Montenegro, a small country with a big heart," the statement said.
Today's award is another example of the human and humanitarian act, after a recent recognition, also to the citizen from Niksic Tatjana Vukićević, who donated a kidney to his young neighbor Nikola Mijuskovic.
Text by CdM, on December 27th, 2018, read more at CdM