16 Aug 2019, 01:44 AM

15 August 2019 - The goal of the Law on Restriction of Using Tobacco Products is not to punish the citizens and to collect revenues from fines, but to protect the citizens’ health, claims the Ministry of Health of Montenegro.

Prohibition of smoking in enclosed public places in Montenegro entered into force on Wednesday, August 14th, after the Law on Restriction of Tobacco Use was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro on August 7th.

The representative of the Ministry of Health of Montenegro, Slađana Pavlović said for Vijesti daily that the aim of this law, which was unanimously backed by the government and the parliament, is preserving and protecting the health of all the citizens, both those who do consume and those who do not consume tobacco products.

According to Pavlović, the main principle behind this law is the prohibition of consuming tobacco products in enclosed public spaces and in working spaces. She highlighted that smoking is strictly forbidden establishments where food and drinks are served, adding that the possibility exists to dedicate a separate part of the establishment for this purpose.

“The law clearly stipulates the conditions of insulation, surface, position and equipment of that part of the space: the room must be insulated in such a way that no tobacco smoke can flow into the rest of the space, and the surface must not be less than 10 square meters, must not occupy more than 20 per cent of the workspace or public space and should not be intended for passage to other spaces,” said Pavlović.

As TMN reported previously, the new law also prohibits the sale of tobacco products that are not labelled with printed warnings covering 65% of the front and rear end of a pack.

Violation of the Law on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products will lead to strict penalties going up to 20.000 EUR.

Still, Pavlović emphasized that the goal of the Ministry of Health, as the institution which will supervise the implementation of the law, is not punishing and collecting revenues from fines. She highlighted that tobacco, “a silent killer”, is a fundamental cause of death among the global, and thus also among the Montenegrin population.

15 Aug 2019, 21:13 PM

Seniors cards are likely to be in use in Tivat soon, as announced by the municipality secretary for Youth, Sports and Social Affairs. “The Strategy for the Elderly is being drafted and, following some examples from practice, I think we will soon have Senior Cards, in addition to Youth Cards. These cards will help the elderly population in the city in the best possible way. They will have discounts at certain institutions, retail chains and the like, which will at least make their age a little easier,” MSc Darka Ognjanovic, secretary of the Secretariat for Youth, Sports and Social Affairs of the municipality of Tivat said.

Senior cards have an age limit, which is prescribed by law, meaning that all residents of the city over 64 will be able to obtain it. According to her, entrepreneurs need to recognize their interest in humanity and thus be the bearer of social responsibility towards the eldest.

She also highlighted the great success with the Youth card, which is in use in Tivat. Graduates are now at an advantage as they will be entitled to discounts in the cities where the excursion takes place for the first time, namely in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Ognjanovic pointed out that the municipality of Tivat may be the first to draft legal acts that serve as an example to other municipalities. The Decision for Alternative Accommodation for Persons in Social Need is in preparation, the first such model. Otherwise, the Social Housing Programme, one of the first in Montenegro came to life.

"After five years, the Commission for Reduction of Social Rights in Housing for Social Category started to work, so we expect that in the spring we will have a new Public Call for the allocation of apartments to people in social need. Some people have outdated rights, some have lost them and some have changed status. This is an entire area that has been covering only three people from the Secretariat for three months now," explained Darka Ognjanovic, announcing the idea of ​​joining a major project next year - building a Day Care Centre for the elderly.

These centres are different from nursing homes, she pointed out, giving an example of a Center of this kind in Maribor, which she has seen. The institution looks completely different from the nursing home - various educational and entertaining courses fill the time in a quality way for the users.

Source Radio Tivat

15 Aug 2019, 15:11 PM

After several days when the temperature in Podgorica was 40 degrees, a refreshment arrived.

Podgorica was hit by storm at 2 pm, followed by heavy rain and hail.


Hail in Podgorica (Photo: Reader of "Vijesti")

The Bureau of Hydrometeorology and Seismology has previously announced that from mid-day the weather will be variable and unstable, sometimes with rain or thunderstorms.

Take a look at what happened in Podgorica thanks to the photos of “Vijesti” reporter Luka Zekovic.

Text by Vijesti  online, on August 14th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Aug 2019, 15:08 PM

Although the inspection will only be able to penalize citizens and legal entities for smoking indoors in just a month, the use of cigarettes was banned in many restaurants and the ashtrays were removed from the tables on Wednesday.

In the cafes and restaurants in Podgorica that “Vijesti” visited, no one used tobacco products.

The owners of the restaurants said they were considering ways to retain smokers. However, more caterers praised the adoption of a new law that explicitly bans smoking in closed workplaces and public places.

Jovan Lausevic from Podgorica's café “Scottish Pub”, told “Vijesti” that he supports the new law and that he sincerely hopes that everyone would abide by it.

Although enforcement of the Tobacco Restrictions Law began on Wednesday, the inspection did not control whether there was any smoking indoors, both public and work.

"The entities have a legal deadline of 30 days to adjust the business to the new law, so the inspection will begin to control the entities after this deadline," said the Inspection Directorate.

It's all due to the health

The Ministry of Health said that the aim of the law is not to punish and collect revenue on the basis of penalties, but to protect the health of all citizens.

The General Director of the Directorate for International Cooperation and Harmonization of Regulations in the Ministry, Sladjana Pavlovic, said that the essence of the law is that it is forbidden to consume tobacco products in closed public and workspaces.

"What has been the biggest interest in the past few days is the catering facilities and the possibility of consuming tobacco products in them. Namely, it is strictly forbidden to smoke in the facilities or parts of restaurants, cafes, restaurants, where food and drink are served,” Pavlovic emphasized.

She said the owner could designate a special part of the space where tobacco products would be consumed exclusively.

She recalled that the law stipulates the obligation to designate the room as a smoking area, a minimum area of ten square meters, and a maximum surface area compared to the entire workspace - a maximum of 20 percent of the workspace.

"This room must be isolated so that no smoke cannot flow into the rest of the area and must not be intended for passage to other rooms. The room in question must also be equipped with ventilation devices, ashtrays, fire extinguishers, air purifiers and the like," Pavlovic said, noting that in the room will not be allowed to serve drinks or food.

Europe wants smoke-free countries

Montenegro is the record holder in Europe for the number of smokers, as tobacco is consumed by as much as 34.5 percent of the adult population. Another 18 percent of citizens used to smoke cigarettes during their lifetime.

Every year, 400 people get lung cancer, and over 95 percent of these cases occur as a result of smoking.

The latest European Commission progress report states that Montenegro should ensure further alignment with the European Union (EU) acquis in the field of health protection, in particular with those related to tobacco control.

The most stringent laws in Europe regarding the ban on smoking are in the UK, Ireland, Greece, Bulgaria, and Spain.

Consumption of cigarettes in restaurants and bars is banned in Italy, Norway, and Lithuania.

At its last summer session, the Austrian Parliament, just like the Montenegrin, adopted a decision on the ban of smoking in all catering establishments, which will be applied from 1 November.

Sweden began applying a stricter law at the end of June compared to the earlier one in 2005 when smoking in bars and restaurants was banned. In that country, it is now forbidden to smoke outdoors in some public places, such as playgrounds and cafe terraces.

Serbia is drafting the same law, in Croatia smoking zones in cafes

When it comes to the region, Serbia follows the instructions of the World Health Organization and this year the Ministry of Health will send to the Government a law that completely prohibits smoking in closed public and workspaces.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have not yet adopted a ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants and workplaces. Croatia, an EU member state, also bans smoking in closed public spaces.

However, catering establishments that serve only drinks and which cannot meet the requirements for the construction of a special smoking room may also have a smoking area, or part of a café where tobacco is allowed to be used.

Albania has a ban on smoking in closed facilities.

Text by Ana Komatina, on August 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Aug 2019, 15:04 PM

The hybrid ship "Graciana", of the Italian company Bella Boka, with a capacity of 60 passengers, is scheduled to start operating from Monday 19th August on the route Tivat - Herceg Novi in ​​five terms.

It is a 19m long trimaran with a capacity of 60 passengers and a ticket to Herceg Novi is 4 euros.

Departures will be from Tivat from the Pine waterfront and from Herceg Novi from the City port.

The first departure from Tivat is at 8.30 am, and later at noon, 3.30 pm, 7 pm and 10.30 pm. From Herceg Novi to Tivat, the boat leaves at 9.15 am, 12:45 pm, 4. 15 pm, 7.45 pm and 11.15 pm.

Text by Boka News, on August 15th 2019, read more at Boka News

15 Aug 2019, 11:18 AM

15 August 2019 - The Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Sports and Youth are continuously working to support young people and youth organisations in the area of strengthening their skills and competences in order to become active citizens and bearers of positive social change.

The open and partnership relationship that the Ministry of Sports and Youth nurtures for young people in various fields of social life, with full respect for their ideas and creativity, is one of the best indicators of the Government of Montenegro's readiness to empower young people in their most sensitive period of maturity and transition to adulthood.

"Young people in Montenegro have the knowledge and power to contribute to positive change and must believe that through their activism they create a better future for themselves and the society to which they belong. Responsibility for improving the position of young people lies not solely with the State and its institutions, but also with the youth who need to mobilize, unite, stand in solidarity and strive to contribute to the advancement of their position in society through their actions," said Minister of Sports and Youth of Montenegro Nikola Janović on the occasion of International Youth Day – 12 August.

"Dear youth, with the sincerest congratulations on the occasion of International Youth Day, I would like to urge you, respecting the principles of equality, dialogue, tolerance, and responsibility, while fostering empathy and sensibility, understanding and acceptance of diversity, to choose activism believing in its power," reads Janović's letter speaking about youth in Montenegro.

Read more news about lifestyle in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.

14 Aug 2019, 20:47 PM

14 August 2019 - "Crazy Grass" by Jordan Radickov, directed by Margarita Mladenova continues the drama programme at the City Theatre Festival Budva on Thursday, 15 August.

The play "Crazy Grass" will be performed at 9 pm, at the scene between churches, according to the City Theatre Press. The play is a production of the Sfumato Theatre Laboratory in Sofia.

Tea Schmidihen told the www.kazališ about the Sfumato Theatre and the play "Crazy Grass":

"Jordan Radickov is one of the most popular Bulgarian writers in general, and his works are among the most performed on Bulgarian theater boards. His works often depict the relationship between the village and the city, with special reference to the traditional and the rural, as is the case with the drama Crazy Grass, written in 1980.

Director Margarita Mladenova, on the other hand, is known in Bulgaria for her unique directorial practices and different performances. In addition to Ivan Dobchev, he co-founded the Sfumato Theatre Laboratory, which is known in Sofia as a meeting place for various performance practices and innovative readings.

Crazy grass was created in Sfumato as part of the Noah's ark cycle, whose symbolism is also addressed in drama. In an ironic age of simultaneous hyperlinking and losing contact, this kind of theme attempts to combat collective amnesia, or a kind of barbell in the eyes of society.

 At first glance, Crazy Grass is a bit of a cryptic idea of ​​the disappearance of a Bulgarian village, but Margarita Mladen presents Jordan Radickov's text as a drama about the crisis of Bulgarian (national) identity and tradition in the context of globalization. The emphasis is on folklore and national heritage, which is not only Bulgarian but Slovenian.

Especially striking is the character of an unaccountable old man, a local who has lost his mind wandering on crazy grass. He represents a nation stripped of memory, tradition and meaning, which has gone mad in the pursuit of its identity.

This is a kind of warning of a general loss of authenticity and authenticity due to institutionalized globalization, with particular emphasis placed on militarized groups that leave no room for resistance and other options. Margarita Mladen's Crazy Grass presents viewers with a direction they have never seen, with actors who are also skilled in dance, song, gig and acrobatics, but also an intriguing story that drives one's thinking about identity in today's age of alienation. "

Directed by Margarita Mladenova, stage design by Michael Dobrev and Boris Dalchev, music composed by Hristo Namliev. Cast: Albena Georgieva, Zana Raseva, Galia Kostadinova, Katalin Stareyshinska, Nadja Keranova, Biljana Georgieva, Antonio Dimitrievski, Ivan Nikolov, Dimitri Krumov, Rumen Draganov, Georgi A. Bogdanov.


14 Aug 2019, 13:28 PM

14 August 2019 - From today, August 14th, smoking in enclosed public venues will be prohibited in Montenegro with the new Law on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products entering into force. The Law strictly prohibits the use of tobacco products indoors, except for casinos. Anyone who violates the provisions of this Law will be fined up to €20.000, said the Health Minister of Montenegro, Kenan Hrapović in an official statement published by the Government of Montenegro.

As TMN previously reported, the new law prohibits smoking in any room or area where food and drinks are served and consumed.

In addition, the law bans the use of tobacco products in any part of enclosed space where state or local authorities and services perform their activities, in areas where educational, healthcare or cultural activities are performed, in the areas of social protection, sport and recreation, trade, production or storage of food, recording or public broadcasting, as well as in the areas where meetings and public gatherings are held. It is possible to designate a specific part of the space that the owner or user designates solely for this purpose. The law clearly stipulates the conditions of insulation, surface, position and equipment of that part of the space: the room must be insulated in such a way that no tobacco smoke can flow into the rest of the space, and the surface must not be less than 10 square meters, must not occupy more than 20 per cent of the workspace or public space and should not be intended for passage to other spaces.

The new law also prohibits the sale of tobacco products that are not labelled with printed warnings covering 65% of the front and rear end of a pack.

Violation of the Law on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products will lead to strict penalties going up to 20.000 EUR.

Ministry of Health will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the law.

14 Aug 2019, 13:16 PM

An international exhibition entitled "EXODUS. BIRUCHIY 019. MONTENEGRO "will be opened on Friday, August 16, at 8 pm, at the Montenegrin Art Gallery "Miodrag Dado Djuric" in Cetinje. The exhibition, organized by the National Museum of Montenegro, will feature works by artists from Ukraine, Montenegro, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Serbia, participants in an international artistic residency who visited Gornji Morinj during June, working on the biblical theme "Exodus".

Ukraine, according to Konstantin Doroshenko, project curator, “suffered imperial aggression and external attempts to restore it to the status of a colonial state and de-modernization forces. And Montenegro was once in the midst of the catastrophe of the Balkan War, where it also faced a desire for freedom, human rights problems, and the development of colonial policies. The post-war Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cetinje created the entire school of new Montenegrin art as an area of ​​international dialogue. That’s why independent Montenegro has become a place of the new international art project “Exodus. Biruchiy 019. Montenegro”.

Project participants are: Apl Aplov (Odessa), Sergej Bratkov (Kharkov-Moscow), Volodimir Budnikov (Kiev), Milka Delibasic (Niksic), Vitalij Kravets (Kiev), Nikita Kravtsov (Paris), Matvej Krilov (Herceg Novi), Roman Mikhailov (Kharkov), Mladen Miljanovic (Banja Luka), Pavla Nikitina (Brno), Jiri Pec (Brno), Karina Pustovalova (Kiev), Vlada Ralko (Kiev), Sinisa Radulovic (Podgorica), Kamilla Sanjez (Paris), Selma Selman (Bihac-New York), Zoran Todorovic (Belgrade), Jelena Tomasevic (Podgorica) and Vlatka Vujosevic (Podgorica).

The curator of this project is Konstantin Doroshenko - Ukrainian art critic and journalist, curator of art exhibitions and cultural projects in Ukraine, USA, China and Kyrgyzstan. The commissioner is Petar Cukovic, Montenegrin professor of art history, one of the commissioners of the Biennale Cetinje, director of the National Museum of Montenegro (1995-2007), curator of the National Pavilion of Montenegro at the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2011) and exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Italy. The international exhibition at the National Museum of Montenegro will last until September 7 and will be held with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation - a government institution that promotes the development of national culture, the Exodus Social Club and the International Symposium of Contemporary Art BIRUCHIY - the largest artistic residency in Ukraine.

Text by CdM, on August 13th, 2019, read more at CdM

14 Aug 2019, 09:41 AM

Comic cartoonist, illustrator, designer, musician ... Leonid Pilipovic is currently working for the French publishing house Delcourt on the new title "Le Dernier Dragon" (J.P. Pecau). For Delcourt, he has drawn two episodes (4th and 5th) for the series “L’ Histoire Secrete” by screenwriter Jean Pierre Pecaua. He completed a series called "Le Grande Jeu" by the same screenwriter (6 episodes) and one episode of "Jour J" (J. P. Pecau and Fred Duval). At the same time, for the second French house Soleil he completed the series "Ravermoon" by screenwriter Sylvian Cordurie (3 episodes). His comics have been licensed in the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Croatia.


He became involved in comics in elementary and high school under the strong influence of the then Zagreb comic book scene called "Novi kvadrat", composed by Kordej, Ilić, Zimonjić. The first serious comic book published in magazine Mladost in 1988 and then published in comic books such as Patak, Tron, Striper, Patagonia, Stripoteka…

He participated in international comics projects with anti-war themes: "The Dignity of a Human Being is Vulnerable", "Signed by War", and "Sperminator", wall comic magazine "AUT!" # 3 (AWA, 1996) with Edmond Spierts, Peter Pontiac, Marcel Ruiters (The Netherlands), Aleksandar Zograf and Wostok (Serbia)… He published short strip forms for certain period in “Dani” of Subotica.

Together with Darko Kovacevic- (Kowalsky), he is the author of the cult comic strip “What’s New In Da Zoo?” , which has been published for almost two years in the weekly cultural guide, popular “Flash” in Subotica (where he was a graphic editor). Since 2004, he has been a professional comic artist. He has done illustrations for numerous magazines and books, as well as covers for albums by “Partibrejkersi”, “Goblini”, “Elektricni Orgazam”, as well as design and logos for a huge number of cult organizations and festivals, including “Amsterjam” - Amsterdam Jazz Festival



Štef ​​Bartolić was born in 1967 in Zagreb, where in 1986 he graduated from the School of Applied Arts, Department of Graphic Arts. He is a member of the Croatian Society of Film Workers and the Croatian Community of Independent Artists.

He has been involved in animation professionally since 1988. As an animator, he worked on the feature films "The Wizard's Hat" and "The Apprentice Hlapic" (Croatia film), as well as "The Little Flying Bears" (Zagreb film). As part of the project “1991”, he directed and animated four one-minute films, "Cockroaches", "Free Croatia", "Feather" and "Don't Get Angry Man" (Zagreb film).

He directed and animated a number of short animated films, opening themes for the children's program on HTV and in 1994 he was the author the opening theme for the World Animated Film Festival in Zagreb.


He has illustrated twenty novels for children and young people (“Peter Pan” JM Barrie, The “Train in the Snow” by Mate Lovrak, Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic's “Apprentice Hlapic”, “Books lie! “ and “The Yellow Minute” by Darko Macan,  “Head over heels” by Miro Gavran, and several books by Hrvoje Kovacevic, Silvija Sesto , Sanja Polak…). In 1996 he won awards for illustration at the Vinkovci Comic Salon, and in 2003 the SFERE Award.

He has been in the comics business since 1986. He has been published in Polet, “Student Magazine”, “Maxi Comic Magazine”, “Patak”, “Plavi zabavnik”, “Vecernji List”, “Playboy”, and in children's magazines in which he has published series of comic books for children for many years. The series "Komarac" (screenplay by Darko Macan) has been published in "Zvrk" magazine for nine years, and in “Modra lasta” the comic "Gluhe Laste" has been continuously published for fourteen years.


He has co-authored two comic albums with Darko Macan, "Mosquito: Failed Plan" and "Dick Long: The Cases."

Bartolić and Pilipović thus complete the list of special guests, three weeks before the commencement of the celebration in Herceg Novi dedicated to the Ninth Art, with Argentine, the legend of comic book creator Enrique Breccia; British duo of great artists Boo Cook and Simon Davis; Italians Vanessa Belardo, Pasquale del Vecchio, Andrea di Vito and Mario Alberti, and Spaniards Raul Allen and Javier Fernandez, as well as Belgian Alain Mauriset. They will lead an impressive artistic army of more than 50 creators, who will be staying in Herceg Novi in ​​September, and now include practically resident artists - William Simpson, Rufus Dayglo, Walter Venturi, Walter Trono, Drazen Kovacevic, Mirko Colak, Aleksa Gajic , Stevan Subic, as well as those who, since the first festival, have been at Herceg Novi comic book review and are considered an inseparable part of the HSF, Tihomir Tikulin, Vladimir Vesovic, Iztok Sitar.

Reminding us that 2019 is full of significant anniversaries from the comics world, this year's edition of the HSF will mark these crucial historic moments as 90 years since the release of Tin Tin, 80 years of Batman, 60 years of Asterix, 50 years of Alan Ford and 50 years of the most famous Balkan comic Dikan. In this context, lectures will be given by the legend of the comic strip creator, author of Dikan, Lazar Sredanovic, the great Montenegrin comic book theorist Luka Rakojevic, and famous comic book connoisseurs Moreno Buratini, Iztok Sitar, Vladimir Vesovic, Milko Peko, Zoran Stefanovic, Enis Cisic and many others. The lectures that will be held in the schools in Herceg Novi and established HSF locations, in addition to exhibitions, drawing for the fans, art workshops, concerts and posh HSF parties, are part of a full-day program that fills all six days of the celebration in Herceg Novi dedicated to the Ninth Art and all events are free of charge for all visitors.

Of course, HSF would not be one of the leading festivals in this part of Europe if it does not prepare every year some kind of top-notch surprise, so something is ready for this edition of HSF as well, and a list of top music makers, who will be part of the 13th edition of Herceg Novi manifestation dedicated to the ninth art will be announced shortly.

Text by CdM, on August 13th 2019, read more at CdM

13 Aug 2019, 23:00 PM

On August 16 and 17, Kotor’s Cinema Square (Pjaci od kina) will host the second traditional craft beer festival “Špina”. The event will begin at 7 pm, running until 1 am.

Seven breweries will be participating, six from Montenegro and one from Serbia. This edition will welcome Fabrika Brewery from Risan, Mamut from Nikšić, Montenegro Brewing Company from Podgorica, Podgorica Pivo and Paun, both also from Podgorica, Beerhouse from Budva and Dogma from Serbia.

As the first Kotor craft beer festival was a great success and surpassed all expectations, Non-Governmental Organisation Citra had the challenge of being even better with the second edition. This year’s festival will be held over two evenings, with good music assured. The organisers guarantee good local beers and great fun.

On the first evening, 16th August, there will be performances from Selektor Deda and Rudolf band from Kolašin, and on 17th FM Mirda and Four Blues Drivers band will take to the stage. All lovers of good music and good beer are welcome.

Organisers are NGO Citra Kotor, with Kotor Tourist Organisation sponsoring. Lustica Bay is a Gold Sponsor, with other sponsorship from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Vapor Printers Podgorica and Kotor Public Utility Company. Nikola Đurković Cultural Centre is noted as a friend of the festival.

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