December 12, 2018 - Montenegro and Hungary have very close political cooperation, which is an excellent basis for further developing intensive cooperation on the economic and cultural level, it was concluded today at the meeting of the mayor of Podgorica, Dr. Ivan Vuković, and the ambassador of Hungary, Jozsef Negyesi.
The Mayor assessed that Montenegro has always had the support of Hungary, especially during the NATO accession period, and expressed its gratitude for the country's loudest advocate for joining the Western Balkan countries to the European Union.
Ambassador Negyesi invited the Mayor to visit Budapest, which he welcomed with pleasure, noting that he lived in that city during his doctoral studies and was always happy to return. "
Although this is a city with a different number in population, I believe that Podgorica can make much use of Budapest's experiences, especially when it comes to the revitalization of the city center, but also experiences in the area of waste management and the improvement of public transport," the mayor said.
He assessed that a direct airline between Podgorica and Budapest, which has existed for over ten years, is of great importance for communication and cooperation between the two cities and two countries, and that it has allowed the increase of the number of tourists from Hungary by about 30 percent in the last year.
Hungary is the second largest country per the number of foreign direct investments in Montenegro this year, and this investment potential needs to be further exploited, he said, announcing that the capital will soon present prepared investment packages.
"The capital will make an effort to create a favorable environment for investors, and in that sense, I expect the arrival of a number of Hungarian companies. When it comes to cultural cooperation, it was very lively in the previous period, and I expect that this will continue in the future," the mayor said.
Ambassador Negyesi announced a large number of cultural events next year, organized by the Embassy of Hungary, to be held in Podgorica, and in other Montenegrin cities.
Text by S.Đ., on December 11th 2018, read more at CdM
December 11, 2018 - In addition to the New Year's and Christmas holidays, Montenegrin towns have received new outfits. CdM already wrote how the capital is decorated, and under the ornament and lights, the central streets of Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Andrijevica, Kotor and Tivat are now also fully shining.
The decorative New Year's lighting in Bijelo Polje turned on two days ago. New Year's ornaments were set up ten days ago, and besides the town square, streets around the ocenter were also decorated.
Bijelo Polje (Photo: W production)
The municipality announced that all the lighting would be fully functional in the next few days.
This year, Mojkovac is also ahead with the New Year's decorations and is ready to welcome 2019. At the central city square, there is a Christmas tree, and the citizens of Mojkovac will enjoy a beautifully decorated town during the upcoming festive days.
Mojkovac (Photo: MNE 365
Mojkovac (Photo: Boris Ćetković)
The old town in Kotor is beautifully decorated every year. Tourists are thrilled, and they are happy to publish tphotos on social networks.
Festive lighting is also set up in Andrijevica, and this town will surely be among the best decorated in Montenegro. The lit up trees and light bulbs illuminate the square near the municipality building, and the locals are delighted with the new look of their town.
A festive atmosphere can also bw felt in Tivat. Particular emphasis, when holiday decorations are concerned, is placed on the town’s promenade Pine, because the New Year's Eve events will be organized right in this part of the city.
Photo: Radio Tivat
The youngest will enjoy the designed lighting installation of sleds pulled by two reindeers, which this year, instead of in the small park in the center of the town, are placed on Pine together with Santa Claus that are embellishing this part of the city.
Photo: Radio Tivat
The palm trees will be decorated with luminous rings, bows and hanging Christmas balls on the promenade. Radio Tivat reports that on the part of the promenade, which is popularly called "gumno", an illuminated Christmas tree of six meters will be installed, and a unique decoration is planned on the promenade from the pharmacy to the hotel Palma.
Photo: Radio Tivat
Christmas trees will decorate the space in front of the building of the "old municipality," as well as at the Magnolia Square, where they plan to place light cables around magnolia trees.
Text by S.B. , on December 10th 2018, read more at CdM
09 December 2018 - An international multidisciplinary systematic field research and study of the music and dance tradition and customs of Paštrović, titled "Ethno Lab", will take place in Petrovac from December 10th to December 16th.
This project is organized for the second year in a row by the Society for Cultural Development "Bauo" from Petrovac.
Ethno Lab was supported by the Municipality of Budva, HG Budvanska rivijera and the Tourist Organization of Budva, while the assistance was provided by Museums and Galleries of Budva.
The Ethno Lab project will include several reference ethnomusicologists, ethnocorists, ethnologists and anthropologists, as well as other experts and researchers in the domain of cultural heritage, who live and work in Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the project, participants will visit several Paštrović's sites and areas in order to get acquainted with the tradition and heritage of this region and interview the local population.
During the past year, it is expected that the results of the research will affirm the rich and representative non-material cultural heritage of Paštrović, which, despite the current knowledge and results, is still a multidisciplinary scientific study and valorization.
Last year's "Ethno Lab" was held from December 6th to 10th, 2017, and during the project, 20 people were interviewed and about 120 GB of audio and video material was recorded.
09 December 2018 - The application of the law on the control of the use of tobacco products in the workspace will show whether it will still be possible to smoke in the workplace and even in some health institutions or not. The same law suggests no smoking areas and more severe punishments for those that break this law.
The Ministry of Health said that they would do everything to ensure that the new law is applied to the end. This could also be affected by penalties that would amount to up to 1.000 EUR for natural persons, and legal entities up to 20.000 EUR.
The legal ban on the use of cigarettes in public and working spaces is approaching the standards of the European Union, but its application is why the previous law from 2004 was controversial.
In the Ministry of Health, which is the proposer of this law, they expect consistency and perseverance. The employer will be obliged to determine the place for smokers, with proper ventilation, not to endanger people in circulation, while the rest of the working space will be no smoking areas.
"When we say a ban in the workplace, it implies that every employer must control whether or not to take into account that tobacco products are used, and to determine if the persons in every workplace are using a tobacco product. Also, employers are obliged to draw attention to their workers on this law, which means that it is a violation of the employee's work obligation," said Slavojka Šuković from the Ministry of Health.
The goal of the new law is, therefore, the health of the nation, because everyone has the right to a healthy environment without tobacco smoke.
December 10, 2018 - Coalition 27, a network of 20 non-governmental organizations dealing with the environment and climate change, thinks that Montenegro should understand that the opening of chapter 27 is a concrete step by the European Union to more stringent requirements and the application of more serious mechanisms.
"We therefore think it would be far more convenient to inform the public about concrete plans for the future, and focus on closing the process, instead of the tacky enthusiasm by certain leaders, who have absolutely no credit for such a decision of the EU member states," the statement said.
Croatia is said to have opened and closed the negotiation chapter within ten months. "This would be fatal for Montenegro, in a situation where state institutions do not have the necessary administrative and financial capacity to implement the values and the legal acquis in an optimal way," assesses the Coalition 27.
As stated, a decade after the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, Montenegro has managed to transpose a significant number of European regulations, while their implementation is seriously lagging behind, especially in the area of nature protection, waste management, water quality, and air emissions.
Montenegro has failed in ten years to respond to the priority task defined subsequently by the Accession Strategy, which relates to a significant strengthening of the capacity of the environmental inspection system in accordance with the European Parliament and Council Propaganda on Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspection in the States members.
"Montenegro failed to provide temporary protection of potential Natura 2000 areas in which the devastation of natural values such as the devastation of Tara River, Cijevna, NP Skadar Lake and Durmitor, sea areas by hydrocarbon exploration resulted in devastation of the natural and unplanned development, while the protection of Ulcinj Solana and all international and national communications have not yet been reached," the statement said.
Coalition 27 estimates that Montenegro has not provided the goals for preserving good ecological status of waters, according to the Water Framework Directive, given the planned and carried out significant degradation of numerous watercourses in the north of Montenegro, caused by the construction of hydroelectric facilities.
"We are seriously concerned about the planning and management of finances now estimated at 1.6 billion euros and whose amount is not to be reduced, but it is increasing compared to the estimated 1.4 billion in the previous year, and especially knowing that the state so far invested 200 million euros," the statement said. It is alleged that the country's critical state of unreadiness is related to waste management and the situation that two local governments have not established a waste management system by the law, while in the whole country there are only four wastewater treatment plants with unacceptable dynamics in the construction of new plants and sewers.
"After decades, the institutions are fighting with 350 illegal dumps, urban dumps, unknown quantities of landfills, waste in factions and different waste streams," said Coalition 27.
They recall that, according to the latest report of the World Health Organization Pljevlja, they are on the list of the most polluted cities in the world, despite all legal obligations and standards that limit the excessive emissions of polluting particles.
Coalition 27 argues that there is no long-term plan, either at the local or national level, to solve the problem, and so far the measures have not produced any effects. "Thermal power plants continue to pollute the air in Pljevlja without paying compensation for damage to human health and the environment."
"Instead, that the Government of Montenegro and the relevant ministry should seriously examine the problems and accumulated obligations in implementing regulations and invites all interested social actors to the necessary cooperation, they are conducting a campaign of discrediting the non-governmental sector and concealing the real situation in the public," the statement said.
Text by MINA, on December 9th, 2018, read more at Vijesti
December 10. 2018 - Every citizen of Montenegro annually uses an average of 400 to 600 plastic bags. No plastic bag is recycled in Montenegro, most often ending in nature. This is worrisome data, says Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulovic, and emphasizes that Montenegro will be in great danger if we do not start to address the problem. He announces the ban on the use of plastic bags and the introduction of a deposit for PET packaging.
December 9, 2018 - With the concert of two great musicians, violoncellist Dmitry Prokofiev, and pianist Ratimir Martinovic, the fourth concert season started with the concert organized by the Music School "Vida Matjan" and KotorArt Festival Don Branko Days of Music.
Photo Parteli Kotor
Prokofiev and Martinovic performed an exciting and demanding program in front of the numerous audience made from the compositions of Shuman, Shubert, Schnittke, and Shedrina. In the introductory speech, the school director Laura Jovanović reminded of the importance of such a practical improvement of school pupils, as well as the fact that most guest artists and professors from the local and regional art faculties held free workshops for pupils of the school.
Photo Parteli Kotor
Mayor of Kotor Vladimir Jokić said in his speech that one of the ideas of this season is that "in the days when the coastal towns are mildly melancholy, bearing the depression of rainy days, we awaken the sleepy town and disperse the weight of the south with the music."
Photo Parteli Kotor
Kotor concert season will last until June, during which its focus will be on the cello, as a deficit instrument in Montenegro about young musicians.
Photo Parteli Kotor
The audience in Kotor and Montenegro will have the opportunity to listen to the best pupils at the festive school concerts from Christmas to Christmas, during the Days of Kamelija, on the eve of the school day, artists from the domestic scene like pianist Bojan Martinović and violinist Vujadin Krivokapić, regional musicians like concert cellist Sandra Belić and Irina Josifoska and the opera ensemble of the Academy of Arts in Osijek, as well as internationally acclaimed musicians such as the Polish Krakowsky duo Kalinovski-Selezer (cello-piano), who performed already on Tuesday, December 11th, in the hall of St. Duha in Kotor.
Text by CdM, on December 7th 2018, read more at CdM
December 9, 2018 - The capital has announced the list of candidates for this year's award "19. December" award, and the first man of Podgorica, Ivan Vukovic, said that he was honored and privileged to be part of this story, bearing in mind the importance of the award given to those who are most deserving of the city's development in the past year.
The list includes scientist and professor emeritus Pavle Bogetić, director of the gymnasium "Slobodan Škerović" Podgorica Zoja Bojanić-Lalović, biologist, museum advisor and academician Zlatko Bulić, journalist, publicist and writer Slobodan Vukovic, founders of the International Festival of Puppetry Podgorica - Montenegro Davor Dragojević and Ljiljana Burzan-Nikolić, musical artist Zdravko Đuranović, basketball player KK "Budućnost VOLI" and member of the national team of Montenegro Nikola Ivanović, Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Slovenia Vojislav Kovač, writer Dragana Kršenković-Brković, journalist, author and editor of the television series "Traveling across Montenegro " Milorad Mico Miranovic, ethnologist Zorica Mrvaljevic, social worker and humanist Bisera Mustafic, theater and film artist Sejfo Seferovic, Association of fighters of NOR and anti-fascists of the City of Podgorica and folk guslar (minstrel) Milan Filipovic.
"I have no dilemma that the expert jury, as it was the case until now, will make the right choice and I would like to send gratitude to all the members for the dedication and attention that they unselfishly provide in order to choose the best among the best every year," Vukovic said at the first session of the Jury Award "19. December "for 2018.
As announced by PG Bureau, the names of the prize winners will be announced on the eve of the December 19th, Podgorica holiday, and the decision to award the prize will be announced by the president of the jury at the festive session of the Podgorica Assembly.
Text by CdM, on December 7th, 2018, read more at CdM
December 9, 2018 - The National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, in cooperation with local tourism organizations, strategic partners and the Embassy of Montenegro in Serbia, presented the offer of our country for the New Year's holidays in Belgrade.
In addition to meeting with journalists, representatives of local tourist organizations Bar, Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Podgorica and Rozaje, as well as strategic partners, the offer and rich program for the New Year's holidays at squares and in hotels was presented.
During the promotion, an entertaining program for visitors, face painting animation for children with Santa Claus and various gifts was organized. Within the program, the performance of Leontina and choir “Carolija” took place. The atmosphere was additionally heated by trumpeters, who for this occasion included New Year's melodies in their repertoire.
Montenegro is recognized as the favorite destination for tourists from Serbia when it comes to the New Year's holidays, and it is expected that this year, the Montenegrin coast and mountains will enjoy thousands of guests from this market.
Director of NTO of Montenegro, Željka Radak Kukavičić, said that in order to meet the upcoming holidays in all the towns across Montenegro, both on the coast and in the north, Montenegro has the perfect programs for New Year's Eve.
"I am sure that Montenegro, just as it was during the summer, both during the winter and during the New Year's holidays, will confirm the epithet of the destination that offers the best entertainment," she said.
She added that in January and February our mountains offer rich programs.
"It's not just skiing, but also many other things you will find in Zabljak, Kolasin, Rozaje, Berane, Vucje. Likewise, both our ski centers and coastal towns have a large number of events during January and February. I'm sure that all those who come to Montenegro in that period will have the best time ever," said Radak Kukavicic.
Marija Draskovic from TO Budva said that this year the town celebrates a great jubilee, which is 20 years of organizing New Year's at squares, in an authentic environment, among the walls of the Old Town.
"That's why, this year we have a five-day New Year's program, meaning five days, not just concerts in the evening, but also daily, rich content, including a great Christmas bazaar that will last for a month in Budva. Nevertheless, we expect that most people will be attracted by our evening program or concerts. Those five days will have five different genres. For the final night of this year, we will have a concert of the famous Dino Merlin," she announced.
As she said, the hotels in Budva did a great job.
"Many of the great stars from the region are performing as part of their New Year's arrangements. I believe that we will justify the title of the host for the best programs in the open and the best New Year's Eve, when it comes to the region," Draskovic emphasized.
Director of TO Kotor Ana Nives Radovic said that New Year's Eve in Kotor is certainly only part of the great manifestation “From Christmas to Christmas”, which lasts from December 23rd to January 9th.
"During all these days there will be a holiday program, celebrating both Christmas, and of course various cultural, entertainment and humanitarian content. For all ages, for all generations, for all tastes, certainly in the spirit of celebration, in the spirit of the holidays," Nives Radovic added.
TO Bar Director Emil Kukalj said that Bar this year is also organizing a festive New Year's Eve at the main town’s square. "This year we will have both local and regional stars and Bar will be a really good place to spend the holidays. We'll have a three-day program. On December 30th Aco Pejovic will perform, for the New Year's Eve we have Sergej Cetkovic, and on January 1st we will have Plavi orkestar," he said.
As announced, their visitors and citizens will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the local gastronomic offer, and a New Year Bazaar will be organized, where they will be able to taste and buy traditional products from the region.
"We will have a program for the youngest, where we will organize a New Year's show. We also plan to organize a Christmas concert of classical music. The prices are really affordable. Our hotels, agencies, private accommodations, have made an effort to really offer attractive prices and packages," concluded Kukalj.
Text by CdM, on December 9th, 2018, read more at CdM
07 December 2018 - The Montenegrin language is the official language in Montenegro since 2007. The Montenegrin language is an integral part of the Štokavian language system. Except in the country, the language is also used by Montenegrins who live abroad, especially in Peroj (Croatia), in Shkodra and Vraka (Albania), and Lovćenac and Feketić (Serbia).
Montenegrin is a Slavic language that belongs to the Indo-European family and can be written in either Latin or Cyrillic alphabets (the Latin alphabet is used more often. There are 32 letters (graphemes), including five vowels. Each letter has only one sound, and every letter is pronounced. It is also important to highlight that special diacritical marks exist, which an individual needs to know to understand pronunciation. In the absence of such marks, one must already be aware of how to pronounce a word correctly—something that, for foreigners at least, only comes with time and experience.
Language learning is a very subjective process and mostly depends on the talent or will of the beginner. When compared to languages of the world, Montenegrin can be categorised as a language which takes more time and effort to learn. Still, if you want to learn Montenegrin, do not get discouraged by the expert opinions on language learning. Getting acquainted with locals and their culture in their native language certainly has charms that you do not want to miss. Here are some tips if you're going to master the Montenegrin language!
As with any language learning process, start with what you really need right now. Are you planning to live in Montenegro? Take notes on conversation starters to use in everyday life. Going to study in Montenegro? Then, focus on expressions related to your field of study. Start slowly and but keep a fundamental goal in mind, that way you won’t get confused and overwhelmed with too much information. Make sure to remain focused on your primary motivation, since it will help get you through the times when learning seems hard.
If you make an effort to listen to Montenegrin music, watch films, plays, videos, practice vocabulary, take comprehension quizzes or read the newspapers, it will help you to improve your vocabulary quickly. You can always adjust different recordings to play at a very slow speed to start distinguishing different sounds of Montenegrin phrases.
To learn a new language, communication is the key! Talks with native speakers with an informal language exchange can go a long way for your vocabulary. Also, you can always enroll in a course or take classes online.
Each language learning process comes with a lot of questions that need to be answered to make progress. If you haven’t enrolled in a course and don’t have a teacher to answer your questions, you can always find the answers in forums or ask other learners.
Obviously, there is no magic way to learn the Montenegrin language instantly. You’ll have to work at it a lot. If you have signed up for classes, do not skip lessons. Do your homework and practice as much as you can. Fortunately, if you want to study by yourself, given the possibilities of the Internet, you still have many different options.
By taking notes during the learning process, you can practice your vocabulary and write in the Montenegrin language. Add new expressions and words to your notebook, so you can memorize it and use it in the future.
Every learning process takes time, so don’t get discouraged. Take notes of your progress, and remind yourself of the main reason you started learning Montenegrin in the first place.
You can find a lot of free options for learning Montenegrin language. Our recommendation is the official dictionary in Montenegrin. Even though the newest changes have not been updated on their website, My Languages can help you in the learning process as well.