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21 Apr 2019, 17:48 PM

21 April 2019 - Taking action in the field of energy efficiency, sustainable construction and sustainable transport, as well as the use of renewable energy sources, places Podgorica in the “family” of cities that have applied generally acceptable mechanisms for achieving environmental goals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and rational use of resources, said the Deputy Mayor of Podgorica Sladjana Vujačić at the opening of the 6th Energy Days of Podgorica.

"Being encouraged by the desire to make Podgorica a modern and dynamic city, and being aware of the necessity of establishing a responsible attitude towards the needs of current and future generations, we definitely perceive the concept of sustainable development as an obligation. Podgorica is a city inhabited by a third of Montenegrin citizens, which puts it in the position of a leader with greater responsibility, but also gives it the possibility to provide a significant contribution to the overall sustainable development of the state in the process of joining the EU, "Ms Vujačić said.

She added that the success and the purpose of taking action in the field of rational use of energy as a resource open new challenges for the city, which require the involvement of various subjects and the general public in the planned activities.

"A special emphasis is placed on the need to strengthen social awareness and encourage citizens to recognize the importance of their role in the development of the city as a sustainable urban community. It is necessary to change the established ways of behaviour, accepting the fact that energy efficiency does not imply constant savings nor diminishing the quality of life, but a new and better attitude towards the environment in which we live, "Vujačić pointed out.

She recalled the series of activities that the Capital is pursuing in this field, both through the promotion of alternative forms of transport, and through the establishment of the Energy Management Office with the Info Centre, with the task of providing all relevant stakeholders with adequate information related to energy management, as well as providing practical tips on ways to save energy and effective measures and solutions that they can apply in everyday life.

"Podgorica is our own corner of the planet, and our goal is to enrich the space we live in, and to show that we can, and we want to make Podgorica a more beautiful place to live in. I am convinced that the organization of "Energy Days" will stimulate contemplation and provide a significant contribution to our further successful joint action. I want to invite our citizens to be one of the main players and our valuable partners through their active cooperation, suggestions and criticism, "Vujačić concluded.

Energy Days 2019 in Podgorica began with Critical Mass in cooperation with NGO Biciklo.me, as well as with the measuring of carbon print of citizens and experiment on oxygen generation in the performance of the scientific section of pupils of elementary school "Vuk Karadžić".

Source: CdM

20 Apr 2019, 00:30 AM

19 April 2019 - Hotel Group Budva Riviera finished last year with 2,6 million EUR of net profit. That is by a third better performance than in 2017. Palas, Castellastva, Aleksandar, Mogren, and Piva hotels, as well as Slovenska plaža tourist settlement, that operate within the group, have has a positive financial statement. Their profit has been by 14% higher than projected.

“Looking at the past ten-year period, the number of overnights has increased from 347.673 in 2009, to 487.357 last year. Business profit increased to 21,5 million EUR. Ten years ago, it amounted 11,5 million EUR,” reads the Information on the Performance of Companies.

Modernization and adaptation of hospitality facilities of Budva Riviera have cost more than 48 million EUR. Around 85% has been financed from the budget of the hotel group. Budva Riviera is on the White paper of the Tax Administration regarding the regularity of tax payments.

There were 487.557 overnights in the hotels of Budva Riviera last year. Hotel Aleksandar had the highest percent of overnights – 29%. Mogren and Slovenska plaža recorded the fall in the number of overnights.

Around 96% of guests were foreigners mostly from the countries of Eastern, Western and Northern Europe. There was a 30% increase in the number of guests from Northern Europe.

The group doesn’t run up any debts to the country of the municipality of Budva.

As far as the loans are concerned, the debt of Budva Riviera amounted 1,4 million EUR at the end of December last year. This hotel group falls within the category of low-indebted companies.

Budva Riviera has employed 386 persons. Average net wage amounted 500 EUR.

Yesterday the Government elected new members of the Board of Directors of Budva Riviera – Saša Radović and Petar Ivković.

Budva Riviera has been included in the Government’s Privatization Plan.

The group also owns Sveti Stefan and Miločer hotels which had been leased to Adriatic Properties company.

Source: Cafe del Montenegro

19 Apr 2019, 11:33 AM

April 19, 2019 - NGO Green Home is organizing an educational camp for the fifth time marking the day of the Drim Basin. This year's camp will be held in cooperation with NGO Green Step from Ulcinj and with the support of the GEF project "Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation and Integral Water Resources Management in the Widened Drim River Basin."

The theme of this year's education camp is plastic pollution and environmental impacts. The Camp will be held from 5 to 6 May at Ada Bojana, Ulcinj.
 
The celebration of the Drim Basin Day aims to educate citizens about the harmful use of plastic, but also the use of alternative products. In this regard, this action encompasses a set of educational activities such as an online campaign that involves the production of infographics on the subject of plastic pollution, the creation of short video material, holding placid beach bidders with the blue flag to encourage them to cease using single-use plastic products and the promotion of alternative products.
 
Intending to encourage citizens to reduce the use of plastic products and to promote alternative solutions from 18 to 23 April, is the action of PlasticFreeChallenge.
 
"We invite all interested citizens to join the competition by sending a photo of their example of action to reduce plastic waste generation," said Green Home's NGO.
 
Photos should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Green Home FB site with a hashtag #PlasticFreeChallenge no later than 23 April.
 
Two of the most innovative responses to the competition will be awarded a two-day camp on Ada Bojana, while other participants will be awarded prizes of surprise.
 
During the training camp organized by NGO Green Home, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about plastic pollution, marine waste and the impact on the submarine world of life, the concept of the circular economy, as well as the techniques of resorting to nature. In addition to the lectures, there will be organized gatherings around the campfire with a presentation of films about the value of the Drim river basin, as well as cleaning the mapped location as the most problematic.
 
The goal of this action is to draw attention to the growing problem of plastics as one of the highest pressures on the Drim River basin. "It is known that the biggest threat to biodiversity after climate change is just plastic pollution. According to the available analyzes, the biggest problem is marine scrap and a small fraction of plastic - micro plastic which, through the chain of nutrition, also come to humans. It is known that about 50% of the waste found on the beach is just one-off plastic such as plastic straw, Q-tips, plastic cutlery, plastic bags, and cases," Green Home reminds us. More information about the Ada Bojana educational camp can be obtained by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 Apr 2019, 11:05 AM

April 19, 2019 - LGBT Forum Progress conducted the first comprehensive research in the LGBTIQ tourism sector in Montenegro in the form of a thematic publication of a pioneering initiative for Montenegrin tourism, reported this organization.

The paper "Analysis of Potential for the Development of LGBTIQ Tourism in Montenegro: Opinions and Recommendations" is the result of several years of work and dedication to LGBT Forum Progress and its partners. "In particular, we need to highlight the specific recommendations that the publication itself contains, including the most important domains for the detailed mapping of "gay-friendly" sites, the provision of training for tourist workers and service providers, and the strengthening of LGBTIQ tourist niches." 
 
Inspired by the examples of countries with highly developed LGBTIQ tourism and the need for this type of project to be implemented in Montenegro, the Forum Progress team, gathered around Bojana Jokić as the author and research leader, collected fundamental data at the level of Montenegro. Results point to specific problems and the needs that exist in certain parts of the country, as well as opportunities for the growth and development of LGBTIQ tourist niches. In addition to national research, an analysis of the LGBTIQ tourist offer was carried out at the international level, with particular focus on the narrower region.
 "LGBTIQ tourism is one of the newer forms of tourism that is experiencing a growth in recent years. More and more LGBTIQ tourists are turning to a bid that is tailored to their requirements. 
 
Based on the research of the European Tourism LGBT Association, LGBTIQ tourists are low-cost tourists who travel on average four times a year, out of the high season. This data of LGBTIQ makes it desirable for tourists, for whom economic calculations and projections verify the viability of adapting the country's specific tourist supply to particular needs and demand. Montenegro as a country that is internationally recognized as a desirable tourist destination has the interest to create conditions that LGBTIQ tourists can enjoy unhindered when visiting us, and enjoy the beauties of our country and all the facilities they need without fear of discrimination or violence. I can proudly say that this publication and research is based on the fact that Montenegro is essentially a "gay-friendly" country, thus significantly increasing the benefits of tourism as a business branch," said Bojana Jokić, author.
 
The essential next step is a fundamental and systematic approach to this field of tourism, which implies the activity of all tourist entities in Montenegro, both institutions, as well as service providers and civil society, concludes in the statement. LGBT Forum Progres will, as they say, continue with efforts to promote the LGBTIQ tourist niche offer, which will ultimately provide a sustainable trend for increasing the state budget and have a positive impact on the overall standard of our fellow citizens.
19 Apr 2019, 10:07 AM

April 19, 2019 - The new music event, notable not only for this part of the Montenegrin coast and Montenegro but also for the region - the Budva Beer Fest will be held from 14 to 16 June at the FC Mogren Stadium, the organizers said at a press conference, held yesterday, 18 April, in Budva.

"Budva's projects are trying to be competitive in the field of organizing economic events, as well as entertaining tourism, which today makes a significant part of the regional tourism market. Budva Beer Fest will gather people of all generations from the country and the region, quality performers of pop and rock music, some of which are world renowned names. This festival should mark the beginning of an interesting part of the tourist season," said Marko Bato Carević, president of the Budva Municipality.
 
"Last year around 900,000 tourists visited Budva, and every new event like this is an opportunity to promote our country, our city and attract even more tourists. Budva Beer Fest is a tourist-economic event that makes us step up with Europe, which will complete the content of our tourist offer. We expect to attract guests from the region and Europe, which will make Budva a starting point for a new Montenegrin experience. We believe that many thanks to this festival will come to Montenegro for the first time and we will try to be good hosts and organizers, to bring only beautiful impressions from our town," said Maja Liješević, director of the Budva Tourist Organization.
 
According to the organizers, it is expected that during the three days of the festival, the Stadium of the Football Club of Mogen will welcome some 60,000 people, who will enjoy the performances of "Plavi Orkestar", "Riblja čorba", "Zabranjeno Pušenje", "Psihomodo Pop", "Who See","Brkovi","Tropico bend","YU Grupa","Orthodox Celts."
 
This year's exhibitors at the Budva Beer Fest will be Carlsberg, Trebjesa, and Heineken, who will have their special positions, arranged in the way of the concept of these events demands.
 
The conference was attended by the highest representatives of the Budva Municipality and Budva Tourist Organization, in front of the festival organizer Ivan Maslov and one of the stars who will perform at the first Budva beer festival, Sejo Sexon, the frontman group "Zabranjeno Pušenje," as well as representatives of the beer industry.
 
18 Apr 2019, 22:29 PM

18 April 2019 - KotorArt Don Branko´s Music Days are continuing to emphasize the significance of ecology after last year's festival when sustainable development and environmental protection were key themes. This year's activities will already begin in April. The goal is to raise awareness, primarily of young people, about nature and importance of its preservation.

The activities will begin by marking Earth Day on April 22 with a program entitled "Our ecological song" in cooperation with the company "Školjke Boke" (English: Shells of Boka), led by ecologist and breeder, Nevres Đerić.

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In addition to the action of cleaning the coast from the bridge of the river Ljuta to the Orahovac water supply, a practice ecology lesson will be organized on composting activities at the eco plantation "Školjke Boka" in Orahovac, as well as a short lecture, presentation and tasting of organic sea products from the Montenegrin sea.  The action is organized by the companies "Boka Gard" and "Školjke Boka", in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gymnasium Kotor, Kotor Maritime School, Savo Ilić Primary School, Njegoš Primary School, Vida Matjan School for Primary and Secondary Music Education "And JSC Napredak.

This action is the first step of the ArtEco project, which will be organized from April to August, and involves three types of activities – “Learn! Activate! and Create!”, which contribute to the adoption of positive values ​​necessary for the sustainable development of society. The Segment "Learn!" brings interactive ecology talks through environmental lessons, while the "Activate!" segment is based on the celebration of the days of the earth, wind and sun through actions to clean the coast. The second segment also includes cultural and ecological walks and getting acquainted with the natural and cultural heritage of Kotor and Bay of Kotor. Segment "Create!" involves art workshops in which young people, through artistic recycling of collected waste, create art installations and unusual musical instruments. They will also prepare the performance "The World is Music" which will be held on August 13th, to end this year's KotorArt Don Branko's Days of Music.

This is not the first time that KotorArt Don Branko's Days of Music connect the theme of ecology with art. Last year, at the opening ceremony of the festival on July 13, a premiered performance of Rambo Amadeus with the topic of ecology - "Pasija po Steli" was held, followed by concert lectures "ClimateKeys". In cooperation with the Institute of Marine Biology, a first underwater exhibition was realized in cooperation with the association "Diving World", and after the action of cleaning the shore, the program ended with the performance "Boka naša nasušna".

You can follow all the ArtEco project activities on the website www.kotorart.me, or the profiles of the festival on social networks.

18 Apr 2019, 22:07 PM

18 April 2019 - Credit rating agency Moody's confirmed in its new report the assessment of the credit rating B1 for Montenegro while retaining a "positive" outlook. The last available credit rating for Montenegro was also B1.

This credit rating is primarily due to the high GDP growth per capita, the institutional strengthening supported by the perspective of EU accession, attractiveness for foreign direct investment, as well as significant investment projects in transport, tourism, and energy. In parallel, the positive outlook with the B1 rating reflects the favourable mid-term prospects of the country, supported by adequate structural reforms, as well as the consolidation measures the Government has continuously implemented, which contribute to strengthening the fiscal position of Montenegro. Furthermore, the Government has taken adequate measures to reduce the risk of medium-term debt refinancing significantly.

The report states that the growth of GDP in 2018 of 4.9% was primarily driven by investments, but also another year of a record-breaking tourist season. In addition, positive trends in the labour market supported growth in household consumption, with an increase in employment, while the FDI inflow was slightly lower than in the previous year, but with a still high 9% of GDP.

According to the Report, the weaker global economic outlook will contribute to lower growth rates. Despite this, Montenegro foresees a healthy business cycle, with growth rates at 3.0% in 2019 and 3.2% in 2020, that is, above the 10-year historical average of 1.9%.

As a major backbone of the future development of Montenegro and further improvement of the credit rating, it is stated that strengthening of the competitive position will be achieved through the implementation of projects in the sectors of tourism and energy, as well as mitigation of external risks.

In this year's report, Moody's has highlighted that Montenegro is the forerunner in the process of EU accession among the Balkan countries, which represents a further impetus for the improvement of the rule of law and institutional capacities in the coming years. Since the start of EU accession talks in June 2012, Montenegro has opened 32 out of the 33 negotiating chapters and has three temporarily closed chapters.

18 Apr 2019, 22:05 PM

18 April 2019 - Numerous environmental campaigns, with an emphasis on climate change and environmental protection, will be held in Montenegro on April 22 - Earth Day.

On this occasion, Montenegrin Olympic Committee (MOC), Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and representatives of the United Nations Development Programme will sign a Cooperation Agreement on the realization of the Games of the Small States of Europe, which will be hosted by Montenegro from May 27 to June 1.

As announced by UNDP, with the slogan “Be fair by nature”, Montenegro 2019 is part of the Programme “Green Games”, supported by Olympic Solidarity, whose goal is to create a sustainable sport event. It consists of 3 phases: the creation of the environmental standards related to the organisation of sporting events, education, and promotion.

The project of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee "Not just a field game – be fair by nature", which promoted sport and its role in environmental protection was rated as one of the best projects in this area within the Olympic solidarity of the International Olympic Committee.

For the organization of Games MNE2019, the Montenegrin Olympic Committee, as the leading carrier of this project, will employ more than 500 volunteers, over 250 members of associations and clubs as well as 50 employees from five Montenegrin municipalities working in sports, that will all undergo training which integral part will be a GREEN aspect of the MNE2019 Games.

The goal of education, but the complete project as well, is that all national associations and their technical staff pass training and adopt these solutions and recommendations, and implement them when organizing all future events in Montenegro.

"More than five thousand people from all over the world have applied to participate as one of 450 volunteers who will contribute to the organization of Games and help the organizers to present Montenegro as a good host," the statement said.

The UNDP said that Montenegro would host competitors from Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Iceland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Malta and San Marino.

After the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation, as announced, a tree planting project is planned in front of the Morača Sports Centre in Podgorica, with the participation of the Mayor and officials of UNDP, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the MOC.

"The tree planting will be organized simultaneously in Budva, Tivat and Cetinje in the presence of the city’s Mayors and representatives of the organizers of the Games of Small European Countries - Montenegro 2019," said the official announcement.

18 Apr 2019, 13:34 PM

The first "Bar Spring Joy” festival was opened at the Square of Vladimir and Kosara today. By April 26th, in the square and other places, a dozen diverse and entertaining, educational and humanitarian programs will be set up primarily for children, from creative workshops and games in search for Easter eggs in the park of King Nikola's Castle.            

During the festival, the stands at the square will be selling decorative ornaments, paintings, garments, jams, cakes and other specialties, and money from the souvenir sale and other handicrafts are intended for the financing of the National Kitchen.

"As the event takes place at the time of the most joyful Christian holiday, between Catholic and Orthodox Easters, the citizens of Bar and their guests will be able to buy beautifully decorated eggs and wonderful festive decorations at the square. In the preparations and organization of the event members of the NGO "Women of Bar with the Big Heart", “Bar Educational Center" and DES "Scene", with the support of Tourist Organization Bar, Cultural Center, CDM Press and Olive Society Bar," have been working for days, announced Gordana Vujovic from the organizing team.

She added that the Festival would bring together children from preschool institutions "Svetionik" and "Mala bajka", pupils of elementary schools "Yugoslavia", "Blazo Jokov Orlandic", "Mexico" and "Anto Djedovic", Karate club "Bar" "24th November" and "Jadran , the ensembles of the cultural and artistic societies "Jedinstvo", "Rumija" and "St. Jovan Vladimir", "Creative Studio “Male ruke”, Dance Studio “Habanera”, the small actors from the Acting School of Des" Scene". The festival is also assisted by members of the Youth Volunteers Club "Klupko" as part of the project "OCD Portret" implemented by the Active Society Fund and the US Embassy in Podgorica.

The highlight of the first festival will be on 25th of April in the gallery Velimir A. Lekovic, a sales exhibition of paintings donated by artists from Bar as their support to the National Cuisine.

"We hope that the citizens of Bar, who many times showed that they are noble and generous people will visit the exhibition, buy some of the paintings and help those who need it most," concluded Vujovic.

Text by Radomir Petric, on April 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 13:33 PM

The contest of high school bands called DANILOVGRADATION will be held on May 10th at the plateau next to the river Zeta. At the event, organized by the Gymnasium "Petar I Petrovic Njegos" from Danilovgrad, the Ministry of Education with support from the Danilovgrad Municipality, ten bands from 10 Montenegrin gymnasiums will compete.

Each band will perform three compositions -one they've authored, and two already known compositions, in Montenegrin and a foreign language.

The first placed band will have the opportunity to record their song in the studio, while the second and third prizes will receive musical equipment which is necessary for the band. Marija Bozović & Band will play in the inaugural part.

The goal of this event, as suggested by the organizers, is to encourage young people to consume high-quality and healthy content. As the project relies entirely on the attitude of the Ministry of Education that institutions should work to encourage extracurricular activities and to profile youth tastes. That is why, among other things, the "Day of Art Education" project with Zetski dom was realized, during which several thousand children had the opportunity to visit the Royal Theater and the National Museum

Director of the Danilovgrad High School, Natasa Latkovic, said this is an important event.

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"At the institutional level, we send a message that we will fight for quality to take place in the lives of young people. We will not leave them to the mainstream, but we will do our best to direct them and show that they have our support," Latkovic said. The Ministry of Education spokesperson Milica Lekic said that the quality of human life is measured, among other things, by his capacity to perceive the world around himself, to develop a constructive critical opinion and to be a creator, but also a consumer of high-quality content. The bands that will compete are KOTOR - Kotor Gymnasium - SUNSET, CETINJE - Cetinje Gymnasium - IVAN CRVENI, ROZAJE – Gymnasium 30th September”. SILENCE, NIKSIC - Gymnasium "Stojan Cerovic" - NE BILO ROCK-A, BAR - Gymnasium "Niko Rolović" - KRUG, PODGORICA - Gymnasium "Slobodan Skerovic" - ABISSYA, BIJELO POLJE - Gymnasium Miloje Dobrasinovic "- LITTLE DOTS, BERANE - Gymnasium" Panto Malisic "- ALT, PLJEVLJA - Gymnasium, Tanasije Pejatovic" - BISERI PLJEVALJA, DANILOVGRAD - Gymnasium, Petar I Petrović Njegos "- NOEMA.

Text by Vijesti online, on April 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 13:07 PM

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Montenegro, Alison Kemp visited the Teacher's Parliament of the Economy-catering high School (EUS) in Bar and participated in the panel "Without Plastic" devoted to the consequences of using plastic products on the environment. The Ambassador met high school students in Bar with the active campaign in the UK, pointing to endangered natural resources in Montenegro and invited young people to engage actively with relevant services and institutions.

"Mitar Radonjić from the Niksic Institute for Social and Educational Policy (ISOP) pointed out the lack of proper treatment of car tires in Montenegro, the devastation of the forestry fund over the past five years, during which over 30 percent of the trees were destroyed over 80 years, as well as the results of the ISOP Environmental and Animal Protection Team called "Green Patrol." During the panel discussion involving over 60 students and professors, there were student's comments on the recent ecological incident in the schoolyard when cypresses several decades old were illegally cut. Student Masa Kovacevic met the participants of the panel with the school's ecological section, led by professors Dragica Radović and Danijela Djokovic, whose projects received international awards," said professor of EUS Mr. Nedjeljko Djurovic.

The panel was held within the “Climate Diplomacy” project, an educational program for the pupil population, whose main representatives are in the diplomatic missions in Montenegro. It is implemented by ISOP with the Podgorica Youth Implementation Council and its goal is to promote a viable and "green" economy, and that our youth through the presentations by the diplomatic representatives is acquainted with the appropriate ecological practices of the countries they come from.

Text by Radomir Petric, on April 18th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

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