13 Oct 2019, 15:28 PM

13 October 2019 - Amendments to the Internal Trade Act will begin on Monday, which stipulates that wholesale and retail trade in Montenegro cannot be performed on Sundays and public holidays.

The first non-working Sunday is October 20th. The law was adopted on June 20, and the largest Montenegrin retail chains support this legal solution, although some expect that traffic in their stores will be reduced, given that Sunday and public holidays are the most significant in terms of sales volume, writes Pobjeda daily.

Representatives of trading companies in Montenegro announced that by applying the law, their workers would be more satisfied, and consumers are expected to change their buying habits and adapt to changes and make weekly and daily purchases on other days of the week.

The representatives of the company Voli said they would obey the law but expect others to do so. Commenting on changes to the Internal Trade Act, which introduces a non-working Sunday in trade, the company recalled that they adjusted their business to market requirements and have been working on Sundays since opening the first market. “In any case, we supported the law because we believe it will have a beneficial effect on our employees. When it comes to Voli, a non-working Sunday will make it easier for us to organize our days off, there will be no job streamlining," the representatives of the company said.

The company Merkator CG, which operates Idea stores, said that the company operates following legal regulations, and will do so when it comes to amendments to the Law on Internal Trade, which stipulate that retail shopping facilities in Montenegro cannot operate on Sundays and public holiday days.

"Merkator CG is a socially responsible company and as such, welcomes the Government's measures, that will allow our colleagues from retail stores to have a free Sunday, which they will be able to spend in the family," said Mercator representatives. The management of this trading company believes that its consumers will understand these measures and that they will purchase the products they need on other days of the week.

"Mercator CG expects that these measures will change consumers' purchasing habits and that the purchases made so far on Sundays will be carried out on other days," said Mercator representatives.

Still, they warned that losses in terms of volume sales could result in even more significant losses during the tourist season. "This could adversely affect the business of commerce as a whole, but it remains to be seen in the future," said Mercator CG representatives.

The representatives of Domaća trgovina company also say that in all Aroma and Conto markets, the Law on Internal Trade will be respected so that Sunday will be a non-working day. "All organizational and structural changes in the operation of our markets and discounts have been made in order to harmonize the business with the new legal solution," said the company’s management.

The Inspection Directorate has called on businesses this week to comply with the obligation to contribute to the full implementation of the Internal Trade Act, which introduces a non-working Sunday in commerce.

The Directorate reminded all wholesale and retail trade companies of the prescribed provision of the article of the Law on Internal Trade, which will be enforced from tomorrow, which means that the first non-working Sunday is October 20.

"We warn and appeal to all companies subject to the prescribed restriction to comply with this obligation, so as not to get into the situation that the Market Inspection Directorate through market inspectors takes the prescribed administrative measures and actions and imposes fines," the statement said.

For non-compliance with this obligation, in addition to fines, an administrative measure has been prescribed, which stipulates that if the inspector determines that the trader works on Sundays and public holidays, he will close the shop or other outlets for a period during which work is not allowed. The law provides for a fine of 1,000 EUR to 10,000 EUR for the company and 200 EUR to 500 EUR for the responsible person.

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13 Oct 2019, 14:24 PM

13 October 2019 - According to the latest updated data from the Civil Aviation Agency of Montenegro, 454 drones - uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) are registered in Montenegro, reports CdM.

In order to introduce as many drone operators as possible into regulatory frameworks, the Civil Aviation Agency launched an educational campaign this year on how to safely manage drones.

Through the conduct of this campaign, the Agency insists on the observance of regulatory frameworks in the field of civil aviation by drone operators, so as not to endanger the safety of air traffic or endanger persons and property on the ground.

Drones are experiencing real expansion, not only for aerial photography, but also prove to be very useful in controlling infrastructure, forests, agricultural goods, road traffic and the like.

"However, it is important that everyone operating the drone adheres to certain rules to avoid adverse events, such as an aircraft drone crash or dropping a drone to the ground, which can endanger people's lives and property," the representatives of the Agency explained.

In order to combat the illegal use of drones, the Civil Aviation Agency signed an agreement with the Police Directorate. This creates the conditions for joint activities to carry out more effective drone control measures. In Montenegro, the Ordinance on the requirements for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and aeronautical models adopted by the Civil Aviation Agency in 2016 defines the conditions for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and aeronautical models (drones) with an operating mass up to and including 20 kilograms.

The basic regulatory requirements that are placed before drone operators:

1. All operators whose drones have a mass of more than half a kilogram with a range of over 15 meters and height over 10 meters, should be registered with the Agency;

2. The registration of the drones is free of charge;

3. The approval of the Agency for carrying out an operation using drones is only necessary when it comes to heavyweight drones and if they fly closer to urban areas or gatherings of people;

4. It is forbidden to operate a drone at night;

5. It is forbidden to operate a drone near the airport;

6. It is forbidden to throw objects to the ground during the flight.

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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13 Oct 2019, 10:51 AM
October 13, 2019 - After the hugely successful first and second editions of the World Championship in Olive Picking in 2017 and 2018, the Postira Tourist Board and the Postira Agricultural Cooperative, with the support of the Municipality of Postira, organized the third World Championship in Olive Picking. After last year's silver medal from Brač, the team of the Boka Olive Society from Montenegro secured another convincing victory this year.
The event started on Thursday, October 10th, and officially ended October 13th in Postira on the island of Brac to promote the olive growing and everything related to olive growing. Participants come from Mediterranean countries with a tradition in olive oil production, but also from countries that do not have any olive trees but have a link to olives and olive oil.
Postira last year hosted national teams from as many as eleven countries - Slovenia, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, France, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Spain and hosts Croatia (Postirani and Doljani). The absolute winner of the 2nd World Championship in Olive Picking was the Croatian national team, with 67 kg harvested. The second place was taken by Montenegrins, olive growers from the Boka Olive Society, and third by Slovenes.
The national teams of the participating countries have four members (two female members and two male members), and the categories in which the forces compete are traditional hand-picked "in sacks" and machine picking (shakers and rakes). In addition to the competitive part, socializing on Brač included workshops, tastings, excursions and fun nights to get the best experience of Postira, the eco-village of Dol, as well as the island of Brač itself, while enriching the tourist season.
Four members of the Mirkovic - Mizdrak team from Boka won a convincing first place at the Third World Championship in Olive Picking with 20 kg more than the runner-up, said Boka Olive Society President Vesna Djukic. Bokelians have won gold in stiff competition from teams from as many as 17 countries, by picking 77.6 kg of olives in 45 minutes!
12 Oct 2019, 15:06 PM

12 October 2019 - The power of the future wind farm Gvozd, worth 58 million EUR, will be 55 megawatts and, according to the estimates, it will have 13 turbines.

The Gvozd wind farm will be located on a very complex terrain and it will be an extension of Krnovo wind park, which is already functioning well, writes Cafe del Montenegro.

The terrain has good predispositions for the successful functioning of the wind farm. According to Fichtner, the final configuration will encompass 13 turbines.

Shareholders in the state energy company supported the decision on the construction of the Gvozd wind farm. Executive manager of the Directorate for Development and Engineering in the Electric Power Company of Montenegro Ivan Mrvaljević said that development of the Study on the potential of wind and energy production assessment, and the Study on the market and business model of Gvozd wind farm had been carried out before the investment decision.

"After the contract on joint development of the project is inked, property and legal affairs will be settled. Geological and research activities, development of technical documentation and negotiations on financing are planned for the next year," pointed out Ivan Mrvaljević.

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09 Oct 2019, 11:37 AM
October 9, 2019 - The Casa del Mare Hotel Group is hosting another gala charity dinner on October 12th at 7 pm at the Casa del Mare Mediterraneo, this time dedicated to the students of the Resource Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Kotor.
Chefs from seven Casa del Mare hotels, restaurants, and the Bocas Beach Club will present their mother-houses through eight plates, or eight dishes, paired with wines from the Plantaže Winery.
Dinner costs 80 euros, and all the money raised that night will be donated to the Student Culinary Education Resource Center.
Resource Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Kotor deals with the education, upbringing, rehabilitation, placement, and vocational training of children with hearing and speech problems. It includes pre-school, primary, and secondary school education for hearing impaired children and currently houses and educates 148 children.
The Resource Center is an innovative educational center that, through state-of-the-art educational programs and projects, introduces its students to the education process, and all that is important for success and progress in life. By age, socioeconomic status, family circumstances, and intellectual capacity, each child is approached uniquely and appropriately.
A few years back, in collaboration with Santa Barbara in the US, the Resource Center has been sending its students to attend the Academy of Culinary Arts in Santa Barbara. After training, many of them work in high-ranked hotels, resorts, and restaurants in Montenegro and beyond. The originator and founder of the Academy, Novljanin, is Goran Milic, owner of Divino Restaurant in Los Angeles, who organizes donor dinners to provide funds for children to travel and stay in California.
"We want to help this action to make the next generation of Academy students as numerous as possible. Therefore, besides the funds raised from the dinner guests, we will also organize an auction, the proceeds of which will also be directed to the Resource Center. Simple, we help children with hearing and speech impairments to acquire skills that will enable them to live independently and efficiently in the future," said the management of Casa del Mare.
They invite all friends, goodwill people to enjoy a gala evening and be part of this charity story. To confirm your arrival, call or text +382 67 090 390.
09 Oct 2019, 10:48 AM
October 9, 2019 - On the occasion of 140 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and our country, the exhibition "Montenegro on the front pages of Italian magazines from 1896 to 1921" was opened at the Parliament of Montenegro on Monday.
At the opening of the exhibition, organized by the Montenegrin Parliament and the Italian Embassy, ​​Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajovic emphasized that Italy has always been a significant European neighbor of our country, and the Italian territory represented a natural Montenegrin window to the world.
Speaking about the contribution of Italian capital to the overall progress and modernization of Montenegro since the establishment of diplomatic relations, President Brajovic mentioned the construction of the Bar-Virpazar-Podgorica-Danilovgrad railway line, the Bar dock, the establishment of the Skadar Lake navigation and the first radio-telegraph station in the Balkans, brought to Montenegro thanks to Guillermo Marconi.
Reminiscing about the Montenegrin princess and the Italian queen Jelena Petrovic Njegos, the president reminded that after the violent abolition of Montenegrin independence, Italy was the last country to break diplomatic relations with our country. Their mutual contacts, numerous ties, and positive memories contributed to overcoming conflicts during World War II.
"Diplomatic relations between the states of Montenegro and Italy were formally restored on June 14, 2006, following the restoration of Montenegro's independence. Based on centuries-old ties between our peoples, mutual respect, and understanding, as well as common Mediterranean heritage and commitment to Euro-Atlantic and European values, Montenegro and Italy continue to foster friendly relations and build partnership cooperation," concluded the President of Montenegro with gratitude to the Italian Embassy.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Montenegro, Luka Zelioli, stated that this exhibition was one of the essential activities that the Italian Embassy included in the program of events to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1879.
"Also, this exhibition is the result of diligent and at the same time, fascinating historical research thanks to the unique collaboration with the National Library of Naples. The front pages, by which the most famous Italian magazines presented Montenegro to Italian readers, today allow us to relive the events of a tumultuous time, as interpreted by Italian journalists of that time, following historical circumstances of the time. After more than a century, the front page, so beautifully painted and with excellent efficiency, summarizes complex events or episodes worth mentioning, undoubtedly represents, tiny pieces of art to be discovered," said the ambassador of Italy.
Ambassador Zelioli also stressed the importance of the Petrovic and Savoy families' ties, Italy's contribution to the development of transport infrastructure and telecommunications in Montenegro, with no less value of cultural heritage on the Littoral.
Emphasizing the current cooperation of Montenegro and Italy in many areas, the Italian ambassador expressed assurance that the exhibition, mainly because of its location, would arouse interest from the Montenegrin public, "which will once again be able to discover how old and strong the relations with Italy are."
"The Assembly is, in fact, a place of democratic sovereignty, a place where we expect to see in action all the deputies elected by the people from both the government majority and the opposition," Ambassador Zelioli concluded.
The exhibition, organized by the Parliament of Montenegro and the Italian Embassy, ​​is open to the public until October 21, working hours until 4 pm.
08 Oct 2019, 20:45 PM
October 8, 2019 - This year's edition of the Sea Dance Festival has brought the Montenegrin economy 9.7 million euros, according to an audience survey conducted annually by the TIM Center during this event.
 "Over 63,000 visitors from 42 countries passed through the gates at Buljarica Beach over three days and nights," the Sea Dance Festival said in a statement.
Visitors to the festival spent an average of 446 euros in Montenegro, while traditionally the highest spending was from Western Europe, an average of 573 euros, as well as guests from overseas countries, which left an average of 594 euros in Montenegrin companies and caterers.
More than two-thirds of the guests, or 67.8 percent, came from abroad. In addition to the countries in the region, most were from Germany, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Austria, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Italy.
The organization has received the highest ratings in the past six years, which has declared this year's edition of the Sea Dance Festival the best.
"The survey also shows that the largest number of foreign tourists, as much as 80 percent, visited Buljarica Beach and Montenegro thanks to the festival, which is dominated by Western European guests with 92.9 percent of whom Sea Dance was the main motive for coming." 
Traditionally, most guests at the festival were from Serbia (32.8 percent) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (12.5 percent).
This year, 79.1 percent of visitors stayed in hotels, hostels, private accommodations that make up paid apartments and rooms, or camps.
"The average age of the Sea Dance Festival audience is 25 years, while highly educated and students make up 74 percent of the visitors," the statement said.
The survey was conducted on a representative sample and surveyed only the visitors who bought the ticket, while participants, workers, representatives of the media, and other institutions were excluded.
This year's sixth edition of the Sea Dance Festival will be remembered for its impressive program, which has hosted over 100 performers in more than six stages and festival zones and the most powerful festival production ever seen in Montenegro.
08 Oct 2019, 20:26 PM
October 8, 2019 - By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, the Balkan Wine Network was officially established in Skopje. A total of 15 associations of wine producers, winegrowers, and sommeliers have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the promotion of local indigenous wine varieties as well as wines produced in the region, intending to make the Balkans the rightful place among other world-known wine regions.
The new network initiator is the association "Wines of Macedonia" together with project partners Wine Q Center of Serbia, Association Salon Žilavka Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Wine Academy from Montenegro. The network is also supported by the other wine associations from the Western Balkans, which are implementing the project "Wine as a bridge to connect the Western Balkan countries."
"Wine as a bridge to connect the Western Balkans" is a project that will connect the countries of the region towards promoting the Balkans as a wine region.
Although the Balkans, as a region, is one of the major wine producers in the world, it is not yet known to the wine and general public. Therefore its cohesion and targeted joint action can benefit all countries in the region. The project is for all participants in the sector in all Balkan countries to exchange knowledge and skills, to learn from each other, to use the knowledge of reputable experts, and to jointly promote the region.
The Wine Association of Macedonia, in partnership with organizations from Belgrade, Trebinje, and Podgorica, has received support from the Western Balkans Fund to create a network in the region that will work in the field of networking and joint promotion of wines from the Balkan countries. Collective actions, creating a unique wine story, and connecting wine routes with the region will contribute to the more significant development of international markets. Also, networking will enable joint action in all segments, starting from vineyards, improving wine production, as well as in the area of ​​legislation.
The conference in Skopje was also attended by the representatives of professional associations from several countries in the region - Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Romania. They have received an official invitation to join the network with which the Balkan Wine Network will cooperate in the future.
One of the main tasks of the Balkan Wine Network is to provide Balkans wines being attractive to the world public, so joint appearance as a regional wine destination has a much better perspective than the presence of each individually.
The establishment and operation of the Balkan Wine Network were financially supported by the Western Balkans Fund, established by the governments of Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Kosovo, as part of their efforts to promote regional cooperation and integration of the countries of the region into the European Union.
"All of us who have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation believe in the set goals and defined activities and look forward to furthering cooperation and cooperation with other Balkan countries that are already members of the European Union," said Danijela Radec, director of the Wine Academy of Montenegro.
07 Oct 2019, 21:27 PM
October 7, 2019 - The first TEDx conference in Kotor was held last weekend in the large hall of the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković." The theme of the event was "Reaching for the Stars," and a total of 10 speakers from different fields recounted their experiences and presented their views on various topics.
The first TEDx conference in Kotor was organized by Boris Bajzek, Milos Joksimovic, Jovan Radnic, and, Nevena Korac as the second TEDx event they are hosting.
According to Korac, four of them have the idea that "organizing such events" will revive smaller communities.
"From the very beginning, our goal was to get out of Podgorica to motivate young people to stay in their small communities. Even though small towns do not mean that nothing is happening in them, that is the center of events in Podgorica. We, as a state, are very small and tend to close ourselves as a society. The goal of everything we do is the opposite of that. We think TEDx is an excellent opportunity to send our message to the youth, by bringing people who are from anywhere who carry messages from some of their worlds and their communities," Korac told Radio Kotor.
She added that they also made a big step up in quality from the previous year.
"I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with the progress we have made over the last year. It can be seen in the quality of the speech, the way the audience was connected with all the participants. We are delighted that we have already noticed extremely positive feedback from all those who came to watch this TEDx," Korac emphasized.
Guests at this year's TEDx included, among others, Maja Raicevic, Rainer Hess, Pyotr Prokopovic, Jovan Jovancevic.
In addition to the speakers, they also had two performances, Sasa Mitric, a Kotor guitarist, and Matan Vukcevic, who painted on canvas accompanied by a strong message.
The guest of the event was Marina Orsag, a comedian from Zagreb.
TED, abbreviated as Technology, Entertainment, Design, is the name of the world's most popular conference platform for events, held in 130 countries since 1984. TED spreads messages that may not be political, religious, or commercial.
Speakers, as well as how events are organized, are subject to strict rules, and an essential prerequisite is that the team entrusted with the organizational work receives the necessary international license at least five months before the conference.
Kotor was allowed to organize a TEDx conference at the initiative of the director of the Kotor Tourism Organization, Ana Nives Radovic, who was a speaker at the event last year.
Those interested can read more on the official TEDx Kotor website:
Source: Radio Kotor
07 Oct 2019, 16:49 PM

07 October 2019 - Research suggests that tourists visiting Kotor mostly complain about traffic jams. However, the issue might be solved already next year if only the local government opted for the construction of an underground passage on the riva (for transferring passengers from cruise ships to the Old Town), better pedestrian traffic management and parking of cars and buses, President of the Municipality of Kotor Željko Aprcović clarified for Radio Kotor, as Cafe del Montenegro reported.

"Construction of an underground tunnel and better pedestrian traffic management will significantly contribute to smooth traffic flow next year," emphasized Aprcović.

Concerning the construction of a boulevard through Grbalj towards Budva, he said that he had a meeting with the representatives of the Transport Administration and both sides noted the project would be an added-value for the overall traffic flow from Verige to Lastva Grbaljska.

"The value of the passage investment amounts to 35 million euros. Along with a certain investment in the water supply infrastructure towards Herceg Novi, costs will rise to 50 million euros," Aprcović indicated.

When asked why no one is mentioning the construction of an overpass in Kotor anymore, he said: "it is unrealistic to expect him to tell something more about the topic."

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07 Oct 2019, 16:44 PM

07 October 2019 - At the end of 2018, the renewable energy fund totaled 2,02 million EUR, and this whole amount of money has been transferred to this year’s fund, it was suggested in the Business Report of the Montenegro Electricity Market Operator, adopted by the Government of Montenegro at the latest session.

The renewable energy fund in Montenegro was additionally increased by 129.272 EUR in 2018, reports Cafe del Montenegro.

The Business Report, among other things, says that there is an increase in the share of electricity production from renewable energy sources in total electricity production. This, according to the report, leads to the fulfillment of the national goal concerning renewable sources.

Montenegro, for the first time, produced enough electricity from renewable sources from 24 May to 2 June this year, and thus, according to the Government of Montenegro, joined a small number of cities that could claim they managed to produce all the necessary electricity from domestic renewable sources. In that period, when the Thermal Power Plant Pljevlja was out of order, it produced around 82 million kWh of electricity, while 75 million kWh was spent.

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