11 June 2019 - LLC Parking Service Budva recently issued a report informing the users that the installation of a new camera-based parking guidance system at the entrance ramp to Old Town Budva is currently in progress. This solution should ensure the efficiency of traffic functioning and eliminate the human factor in the regulation of this sensitive zone.
Camera-Based Parking Guidance System relies on the detection technology. Thanks to the installation of this system, the software is able to supervise spots on both sides of the hallway, giving detailed information on the rotation, occupancy rates and infringements in the parking.
The installed cameras, according to the Parking Service representatives, will recognize and note the vehicle license plates from the issued tickets database and will only allow the entry of the cars whose owners have purchased the ticket.
Within the next several days, all the data from the tickets database will be collected and processed within the software, which will provide the conditions for the proper functioning of the traffic. The Parking Service representatives note that they are making great efforts to enable this service at the very beginning of the summer tourist season.
“Additionally, we inform the users that from today, on the parking lot at the Old Bus Station, the existing billing per hour has been abolished, so users are instructed to make more use of this zone for parking purposes, in order to reduce the summer crowd on the promenade towards the Lučka kapetanija, “says the report from the Parking Service.
Parking Service Budva offers general and special parking lots on the territory of the Municipality of Budva (Budva, Bečići, Petrovac). In the municipality of Budva, there are 9 special parking lots, garage in TQ Plaza and 3 seasonal parking lots in Petrovac. The capacity of these parking lots is around 1600 parking spaces.
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10 June 2019 - According to the recent statement of the Civil Aviation Agency of Montenegro published by local News Agency TVCG, the individuals who conduct illegal use of drones - uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) will face steep fines.
While they originated mostly in military applications, the use of drones is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications, such as policing, peacekeeping, and surveillance, product deliveries, aerial photography, smuggling, and drone racing. Civilian UAVs now vastly outnumber military UAVs, with estimates of over a million sold by 2015.
Although 266 drone operators have been registered in Montenegro, the number of unmanned aerial vehicles in use is much higher. To introduce as many operators as possible into regulatory frameworks, the Civil Aviation Agency of Montenegro has launched an educational campaign on ways to safely manage drones. The representatives of the Agency highlighted that the cases of illegal use of drones will be punished.
"The use of drones is experiencing real expansion, not only for aerial recording, but they also prove to be very useful in controlling infrastructure, forests, agricultural goods, road traffic and the like. However, it is important that all those who operate the drones comply with certain rules, in order to avoid unwanted events, such as an airplane crash or dropping the drone to the ground, which could endanger the lives of people and property, "the representatives of Civil Aviation Agency explained.
As they pointed out, in order to prevent the illegal use of drones, the Agency signed an agreement with the Police Directorate.
"This agreement creates the conditions for more effective control of the use of drones by conducting joint activities,” states the report from the Agency. As they emphasize, it is of great importance to emphasize once again the basic regulatory requirements that are placed before drone operators:
Additional rules include the fact that "the drone must be within the field of vision of the operator and within 500 meters of the horizontal distance and up to 150 meters above ground or water. Also, the drone must be at a distance more than 150 meters from people’s gathering of and more than 30 meters from people, animals, facilities, vehicles, vessels, other aircraft, roads, railways, transmission lines and similar objects. In the event of illegal use of drones, there is the possibility of fines and court proceedings for violating public order and peace, "the Agency said.
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Six ecologic NGOs "Ozon", "Breznica", "Young Ecologists Society Niksic", "North Country", "Green Home" and "Durmitor Development Center" today at noon in the center of Zabljak started a tour symbolically named "Euroskop" which is supported by the Active Society Fund through the project "De facto Development", financially supported by the European Union.
"The start in Zabljak has a symbolic meaning, because 27 years ago, Montenegro, by unanimous decision of parliamentarians, was proclaimed an ecological state and is dedicated to the current topic of protected area management with a focus on the Durmitor National Park and Tara River. In the next five months, seven public events will be organized in the central city areas of Podgorica, Niksic, Pljevlja, Berane, Rozaje and Ulcinj, with the aim of better informing the citizens about Chapter 27 and everything that implies the negotiation process in this, most complex and financially demanding segment of the European integrations. Representatives of environmental NGOs will, through direct communication with citizens and interested institutions, consider all relevant information related to Chapter 27, the current report on Montenegro from 2019, published several days ago by the European Commission, the UNESCO Report on the NP "Durmitor", whose publication was announced for June 7th, local ecological plans and problems, and share educational and informative materials to make the public as interested as possible in monitoring the negotiation process and relevant projects being implemented or planned," says Aleksandar Perovic from “Green Home”.
During the realization of the campaign "Euroskop", mechanisms of public participation in the decision-making process in the field of environment and climate change will be presented, which will give a concrete contribution to the implementation of the Arhus Convention in Montenegro.
At the same time, signatures of the petition for the protection of Sinjajevina from the construction of military polygons were collected. Aleksandar Milatovic from GI "Let's Save Sinjajevina" thanked the citizens of Zabljak for their massive support.
Text by Obrad Pjesivac, on June 9th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The exhibition of the Koran from 1579, in the Cultural center, marked the 450th anniversary of the construction of the Hussein Pasha Mosque in Pljevlja. The Koran of Hussein Pasha Boljanic, which is preserved in the same mosque in Pljevlja, is one of the most beautiful manuscripts of the Koran from the 16th century. "Today, for this mobile good of invaluable value, it can be said that it belongs to the order of national monuments located in our city. This Koran is one of the best examples of Quranic text in the wider area. It is decorated with intense colors including gold, green blue and red. The graphics are beautiful and large, and the ornament is varied. The Koran is in leather covers sized 39x 28.5 centimeters and a thickness of six inches. The weight is about five kilograms," said muezzin of Husein Pasha's mosque Jakub Durgut. He said the valuable book was not exposed to visitors due to the inability of adequate protection and appealed to anyone who could give their contribution to keeping the mobile good in the right way. "The first two pages of the Koran are particularly decorated with ornaments in more vibrant colors, among which gold and blue are especially highlighted. The Koran of Hussein Pasha Boljanic was created in 1579. The text is printed with black ink in 13 lines on 233 pages and has 352 miniatures made on a golden base."
Within the celebration of the 450th anniversary, at the hotel "Gold", a stamp issued by the Post of Montenegro was promoted for the jubilee. There are plans to hold a scientific gathering with the participation of historians from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Turkey, and a formal academy where honors will be presented to individuals.
The Hussein Pasha mosque in Pljevlja was built in 1569. The main designer of the mosque is unknown, and it is assumed that the plan was made by the famous builder Hajrudin - the designer of the Old Bridge in Mostar. By its type and architectural characteristics, Hussein Pasha's Mosque represents a unique building and occupies a prominent place among the monuments of Islamic art in this area.
The mosque is 17.2 meters long, 13.10 wide, and its walls are 112 centimeters thick. It is made of finely carved stone.
Above the entrance is a porch that is held by four marble pillars and is covered with three large domes. The interior of the mosque is illuminated with 25 windows, and the dome is richly decorated with arabesque. The 42-meter-high minaret is considered to be the highest in the Balkans.
The mosque is covered with a carpet from 1573 - a special and precious artwork that Hussein Pasha sent from Misir where he was the governor of that area.
Text by Goran Malidzan, on June 9th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The program "Creative Montenegro", launched by the Ministry of Culture, gave the first results this year. A total of 11 authors are supported by the first competition in the framework of this program, which will establish a Montenegrin cultural product, as a fruit of the creative sector and entrepreneurial-productive cooperation. There are 10 projects and products, and one scientific study.
Providing basic conditions and resources for workspace, equipment, promotions and alike can be said with certainty that the Ministry together with the authors have successfully launched ten new businesses in culture, which is why we want to motivate other artists to apply to the competitions with their initiative and ideas.
Bearing in mind the importance of the "Creative Montenegro" program, primarily as regard to the affirmation of the author and the importance of their projects for the creation of a Montenegrin cultural product, the Ministry of Culture will endeavor to present each of them to the public, along with the projects which they are the authors of. The author of one of the 11 ideas supported by the contest "Creative Montenegro" is "Articulation" from Podgorica. This is the project "VR Montenegro", which is based on contemporary technologies of virtual reality, that is, 'location scouting' in the film industry. Thanks to this project, Montenegro's presentation as a destination at film fairs and festivals will be extremely enriched - as representatives of interested production companies will be able to see, in one place, using VR glasses, all film locations and landscapes in our country. Not only will Montenegro be further affirmed as a film destination, but it will also be possible for authors to valorize their work through co-production with some of the overseas production companies. Igor Mitic from "Articulation" explains that the project "VR Montenegro" will introduce a series of locations from Montenegro.
"Our project involves a tour of all of Montenegro, with numerous locations at different weather conditions, during different seasons. In this way, we will get a complete picture that we will be later presented as the Montenegrin offer on film shows," said Mitic. The program "Creative Montenegro" will thus contribute to the creation of an innovative product.
"The point is that someone who is physically not in Montenegro is actually brought to a certain location in our country. Our goal is to get the project "VR Montenegro" to bring as many foreign productions as possible to work here," he concluded. "Articulations" stated that Montenegro has many specifics and advantages as a film location and that it is time to use it in the right way.
Text by CdM, on June 8th 2019, read more at CdM
June 10, 2019 - KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days and Lustica Bay have been working closely and creatively for several years, to the joy of many visitors, both local audiences and guests, ennobling with the sounds of the most eminent musicians of today the ambiance of the youngest Montenegrin city, according to the PR service Lustica Bay.
This year's co-operation will feature several carefully designed events, the highlight of which will be the concert by Yuja Wang, the most popular pianist of the world, and Andreas Ottensamer, the fantastic first clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic. The concert is scheduled for August 7 in the beautiful surroundings of Luštica Bay. The same program will be played by the world-renowned artists in the Kotor Church of St. Spirit, August 9.
Cooperation is developing beyond the framework of the Festival itself, so Lustica Bay hosted Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska (oboe) and Ratimir Martinović (piano) in May within the Kotor Concert Season, and we are expecting one of the two announcing concerts of the Festival called Pre-Tact. As a "warm-up" for KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days, one of the most exciting Swedish bands promoting World Music, Sirocco, will perform on July 9.
During the Festival, in Lustica Bay, we will have the opportunity to listen to several performers within the Port of Arts series, among which is the Croatian jazz singer, flutist and composer Tamara Obrovac and the Hungarian rock star Ildiko Keresteš. In addition to the concerts, this year at the Chedi Hotel in Lustica Bay, Ichak Adizes, a world-renowned expert in the field of economics and leadership, will speak on the topic of Secrets of Success: Modern Companies and Leadership. The lecture is scheduled for July 16.
"It is a real pleasure to find friends of the Festival who believe in your initial ideas. From year to year, the cooperation between KotorArt and Lustica Bay and a great organizational team is growing and transforming into the relationship of real partners in creating ideas and joint, creative design of the program. Lustica Bay is the youngest city of Montenegro and the region, and the Festival is here from its first foundations, providing high-quality artistic content to the guests and residents, thus creating an additional attraction and value of this city in the coming years," emphasized the PR service of the Festival.
The international festival KotorArt, a manifestation of national significance for the culture of Montenegro, won the most prestigious award in the field of tourism - "Wild Beauty Awards" - and was declared the best manifestation in Montenegro for 2018. It is also the bearer of the European quality label "EFFE Label.” Every summer, KotorArt gathers an impressive number of international artists, and with over 200 programs (dozens of central and over one hundred following contests) in numerous ambient locations in Kotor and around Boka Bay attracts tens of thousands of visitors, which makes it one of the most visited festivals of this type in the region.
The KotorArt International Festival in 2019 is held under the auspices of the Kotor Municipality and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, with the support of numerous sponsors such as Luštica Bay, Coca-Cola, Porto Montenegro and others.
09 June 2019 - Minister of Defence Predrag Bošković said in public announcement for the Ministry of Defence of Montenegro, when referring to the novelties envisaged by the Draft Law Amending the Law on Defence, that the Montenegrin citizens who are reservists within Armed Forces of Montenegro will be able to be engaged in peace, unlike the existing law, according to which they can only be engaged in war or state of emergency.
"This novelty contributes to the establishment of the reserve force of the Armed Forces of Montenegro and the engagement of reservists in peace, when the needs of the service are required, in case of reaction to fires, floods and the like, without declaring war or state of emergency," the Defence Minister told the press.
He added that the draft law, aiming to harmonise the current Law with the new missions and tasks of the Armed Force of Montenegro, established by the Draft Defence Strategy of Montenegro, which was submitted to the Parliament for adoption, stipulates that the Defence and Security Council issues a decision on the use of military units in carrying out tasks related to supporting for natural and man-made disasters and other disasters, as well as the contribution to interior security in peace within the army's mission to support other institutions.
He added that the Defence and Security Council will also have the authority to propose to the Parliament to send a request to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for the activation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
"This proposal is decided by the Parliament, as well as the entry of members of the armed force of NATO member states in the territory of Montenegro to provide assistance in defence. Based on this decision of the Parliament, the President of Montenegro sends a request to NATO for the activation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty," the Minister of Defence explained.
He said that the Draft Law shall amend Article 38b of the law in force that stipulates that the control and protection of Montenegro's airspace for defence purposes can be carried out independently and in cooperation with members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. According to this decision, the control and protection of the airspace, inter alia, includes the use of military aircraft and anti-aircraft assets of NATO members.
"This amendment provides for that, on the proposal of the Minister of Defence, the President of Montenegro reaches a decision on the use of military aircraft and anti-aircraft vehicles of members of NATO in the airspace of Montenegro against civil aircrafts used as a weapon for the execution of terrorist attacks and military aircrafts representing a threat to the security of Montenegro," the Minister said.
He pointed out that the Draft Law regulates the field of military air traffic for the first time, in such a way that the operations of military air traffic will be carried out in the Ministry, while the manner of carrying out these tasks will be more closely prescribed by the by-laws of the Ministry of Defence.
Part of the amendments are related to codification too.
"In the codification process, the Ministry of Defence will assign North American Code (NCAGE) codes to subjects of codification and stock numbers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NSN) to mobile matters. Based on the assigned NCAGE codes, legal entities and other entities registered for carrying out certain activities will be introduced into the NATO database, which is one of the conditions for their operations with NATO members," Minister Bošković noted.
He added that in the process of quality assurance, the Ministry of Defence will check the fulfillment of standards and/or technical requirements for products and services procured by the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, or some NATO member in Montenegro, and will issue certificates of compliance with the standards and/or technical requirements relating to the management of the quality system of the supplier of the product or service.
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08 June 2019 - In the presence of a large number of citizens of Mojkovac, Prime Minister Duško Marković laid the foundation stone for a transfer station with a recycling yard and a pedestrian bridge over the main road between the city's lake and the sport-recreational zone. The projects are worth 2 million EUR according to the official report by the Government of Montenegro.
The pedestrian bridge will be 63 meters long and 7 meters wide. The contract was signed on 29 March and the deadline for the completion of works is seven months from the introduction of the contractor into the job.
The Prime Minister said that the transfer station project in Rudnica is in line with the highest European standards and is aimed at protecting the environment.
"In this way we solve the issue of communal and solid waste in the municipality of Mojkovac according to the highest ecological and other standards. This project not only solves the municipal waste issue for the city of Mojkovac and its surroundings, but also creates the preconditions for us to finally solve one difficult environmental issue - solid waste disposal sites on the banks of the Tara River in Podbišće," the Prime Minister said following the opening ceremony.
The transfer station with the recycling yard will be a collection point with paper and cardboard waste, mixed packaging (PET, other plastics, tetra pak, cans etc.), glass, bulky waste (old furniture, etc.), electrical and electronic waste, batteries, bulbs, vehicle tires and green garden waste).
Prime Minister Duško Marković visited the newly paved road from Rudnica to Pržište, where he talked with the locals. He also payed a visit to Žarski - the base station of one of the future ski resort within the Bjelasica ski complex.
"There are construction works on the road infrastructure from Vragodol to Žarski. At the same time, it is assumed that work on the base station starts in thirty days. We have already arranged and got a bidder for the construction of the cable car at this location," PM Marković pointed out.
The Prime Minister announced that in the next 30 days, a tender for the Mojkovac-Lubnica road will be invited, which includes the new bridge on Tara river worth 11 million EUR.
"In the next three years, we will invest about 30 million EUR in road and other infrastructure in Mojkovac, that will contribute to the development of this region, the development of the North, the development of Montenegro and, of course, to the creation of new jobs," Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded.
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Tivat hosted around fifty Volkswagen cars over 30 years old, among which were mostly dominated by the legendary "beetle" and "buli" – Volkswagen transporters of T1 and T2 generations.
The creatively decorated cars in the spirit of the Second International Carnival held in Tivat wore "masks" - the eyes in different mood swings on windshields, lashes on their rounded headlights, colorful lenses on the rear mirrors and antennas.
In addition to the beetles and bullies T 1 and T 2, there were also buggies based on the famous beetle, so-called. "kubelwagen type 2" and several golf units and some of the younger VW transporter types 3 and 4. The oldest car was a "beetle" from 1961, while there was also the extremely rare "Volkswagen" sedan K70 from 1973. There were about 150 enthusiasts of these cars from Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, who came to meet the owners of the "Volkswagen" Old-timers in Tivat.
The old-timers exhibited their remarkably well-restored cars, but also original ones in their genuine factory state, as well as modified vehicles that reflect the spirit and imagination of their owners, all of which drew great interest and enthusiasm among the citizens of Tivat and numerous foreign tourists.
Text by Sinisa Lukovic on June 8th 2019, read more at Vijesti