11 Feb 2019, 14:22 PM

At Karanfil, one of the mountain massifs of Prokletije near Gusinje, not far from the valley Grebaje, there is a several thousand years old glacier, about which we know very little.

A famous hiker and guide to numerous expeditions that have been coming to the heart of the mountains in recent years from various meridians, Ahmet Rekovic, explains that the glacier is "far from the eyes and hands of anyone who could hurt him." 

"This old glacier seems to be lonely there, located in Lower – Veliki Kotao. The snowman, as the mountaineers call it, is thousands of years old. This was confirmed by scientists who had been conquering him five decades ago, but with whose death as if the interest in recording and studying it from the professional side died as well," Rekovic told “Vijesti”.

According to him, as in the words of many other mountain lovers, the Gusinje glacier is located at the lowest altitude in the Balkans and perhaps even wider area.

"This glacier was formed at an altitude of only 1,600 meters. It's beautiful, there is no such beauty anywhere," says Rekovic. He explains that the glacier at the foot of the South Peak of Karanfil is accessible only to those skilled ones with assistance by the guides, and they can climb to it.

Previously, you needed to get from Gusinje to the valley Grebaja by an asphalt road seven kilometers long.

"Then from the last meadow in Grebaja, to the glacier, for those who want to see this miracle of nature they need to walk for only one hour and a half to get to it."

Rekovic tells the story of how the "view" just rests on the glacier 400 meters wide and about 800 meters long.

"As if someone hid it under the rock Koplja, whose vertical is about six meters high. The thickness of the ancient ice never, even at the time of the indescribable heat, drops below fifteen meters, which is its height at the end of August. Otherwise, the glacier is over thirty-meters-high in spring and ideal for skiing during the summer season," says Rekovic.

He points out that when one from the plus 30 degrees summer comes in the so-called scattering, at the place where the glacier cracked, he can hardly withstand the coldness which exists within it.

You should see that beauty, the shades of the colors of ice, that speak of its age. This glacier deserves to be studied in detail by geologists and other scientists." 

Rekovic does not know the answer to the question of how many meters the glacier grows in the winter. "Then there are blizzards at Prokletije, and the whole mountain is covered with snow and ice. While most of the snow melts during the summer, the sun could not do anything to this glacier for thousands of years.

The old mountain hiker recalls that the massif Prokletije represents a mountain wreath in the eastern Montenegro, Kosovo and northern Albania.

Encyclopedia records say that Prokletije is a tall mountain wreath on the southeastern edge of the Dinara Mountains.

Gigantic massif has a total length of 417 kilometers. In fact, the unusual ridge, rich in crystal-clear mountain rivers, lakes and valleys above which proudly dominate the crumbling wreaths, makes the natural border between Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The highest peak of Prokletije, Jezerski peak 2,694 meters above sea level (Albanian Maja Jezerce), is located on the territory of Albania and is at the same time the highest peak of the Dinara mountains.

Text by Tufik Softic, on February 10th 2019, read more at Vijesti

11 Feb 2019, 14:18 PM

By the end of this semester more than 5,000 children will visit, free of charge, the National Museum on Cetinje and the Royal Theatre Zetski Dom, where plays will be held for them, stated the Ministry of Education.

They said that the children will visit these two cultural institutions in the organization of the Ministry of Education and Zetski Dom, with the support of the National Museum.

"Children will be able to talk with the actors of Zetski Dom and thus get acquainted with the play," said Minister of Education Damir Šehovic and Artistic Director of the Royal Theater Zetski dom, Lidija Dedovic.

The Ministry of Education explained that visits are organized within the project called the Day of Art Education, which began last year, when several thousands of children visited Zetski Dom free of charge.

The Ministry of Education and Zetski dom, considering excellent results, decided to continue this activity, so even in this semester, about two thousand children will visit the cultural institutions in Cetinje.

"By the end of this semester, more than five thousand children from 30 schools across Montenegro will participate in the project. Eighth and ninth grade students of the elementary and first grade of the secondary schools from all parts of Montenegro are participating," said the Ministry of Education.

They suggested that the possibility of this activity becoming constant should be considered in order to stimulate critical thinking of children and interest in art. Šehović said that the Ministry of Education insists on creating a completely new atmosphere in educational institutions, which builds not only a connoisseur, but a person with an attitude about what is nice, good and quality, whether it is music, film, theater or any other form of cultural creativity.

"The most concrete way we can achieve this goal is the organization of such projects. The students participating in the project come from the eighth and ninth grade of elementary schools and the first grades of high school, i.e. in the period of life when we have to offer them much more than the chair lectures," Šehovic said.

He said that introducing children to Cetinje, entering the theater, insights into the work of actors behind the scenes, understanding what the artist is trying to send, learning to look under the surface and profiling the taste, is just a part of what they are trying to achieve with such projects.

"A similar project with the high school from Danilovgrad is being prepared, which will soon be announced to the public, which again shows the full focus of our students coming out of schools as a quality person with a constructive attitude towards the environment and the capacity to review the matters before adopting the same," Šehović concluded.

During the visit, children are provided with free of charge transportation organized by the Ministry of Education as well as free lunch packages.

"We combine culture and education into a new, practical mission. It is our great honor and pleasure to participate in a project that has proven to be extremely successful," said Dedovic. She believes that children must have a critical attitude toward society.

"We appreciated that with this age, the end of the elementary school and the beginning of high school, we can start a new process. Zetski dom was a library and an archive, and by doing this, we are returning the historic, practical mission to it. The children are thrilled, they talk to respectable artists, plays are being performed for which we think the children are ready to develop their attitudes toward life and a new emotional world through them," Dedovic said.

The director of the school "Milorad Musa Burzan", Andreja Sokić, said that a modern school is a key link between education and culture.

"What they learn within regular art lessons now they can experience as well," said Sokic. Such projects have a key impact on the development of the artistic taste of children in a sensitive period of growing up. Three hundred students from our school will participate in the project," Sokic said.

Text by MINA News, on February 10th 2019, read more at Vijesti

10 Feb 2019, 22:25 PM

The public call for the selection of agents for mediation when applying for Montenegrin citizenship through investments and agents for assessing the international eligibility of candidates has received more than 30 entries, it was said at the Secretariat for Development Projects.

The Secretariat announced the opening of applications for the next week that could be delivered from the beginning of January to February 1st. "The public opening of the applications will be conducted on the 11th and 12th of February for these two public invitations, after which the final list of applicants will be known. The decision on the election of the agents will be made after a detailed analysis of each application within the envisaged deadline, said the Secretariat.

According to the plan, the Secretariat's decision on the selection of agents should be made within one month from the date of the public opening of the applications and it will be published on the Secretariat's website. Upon the decision, the Government will conclude a contract with the selected agents, which will allow them to issue licenses and only on the basis of issued licenses, can agents perform their activities within the aforementioned program. If it is subsequently found that the person who acquired the Montenegrin citizenship by admission in accordance with the decision has given false information or deliberately conceals the facts and circumstances, as well as if the agent for assessing international eligibility for that person provided incorrect information in his report, a resolution on the loss of the citizenship will be issued. The Government’s decision on criteria, methods and procedures for election of persons who may obtain Montenegrin citizenship by admission for the realization of a special investment program of special importance for the economic interest of Montenegro is applicable from 1st January 2019. Based on this decision in the next three years, it is possible to issue a maximum of 2,000 Montenegrin passports.

The government's program for obtaining a Montenegrin passport is a donation and investment. The donation refers to the amount intended for the development of less developed municipalities. The donation amounts to 100,000 euros per applicant's entry, which is 200 million euros for 2,000 requests. The investment refers to the amount intended to invest in one of the development projects from the Government's list of development projects. The applicant has to pay at least EUR 450,000 for the purpose of investing in one of the development projects in Podgorica or at the coast or at least EUR 250,000 for the purpose of investing in one of the development projects in the northern or central region.

Text by Marija Mirjacic, on February 8th 2019, read more at Vijesti

10 Feb 2019, 22:21 PM

The Association of Durmitor’s skorup (clotted cream) producers submitted a request to the Ministry of Rural Development and Tourism to register for the designation of origin, and the procedure is in the final phase.

HM "Durmitor" from Žabljak, the largest sheep farm in the Balkans and leading in the Association of producers of Durmitor skorup, says that by gaining the logo and the national emblem, a long-known food product will contribute to the promotion and recognition of the region from which it comes and will protect it from abuse and imitation.

"In addition, it will enable the increase of the market value of the product, increase consumer confidence, and most importantly the tradition will be preserved. Durmitor’s skorup is produced on a geographically clearly defined territory, which is the territory of three Durmitor municipalities, Zabljak, Pluzine and Savnik, occupying an area of 1,852 square kilometers, which makes 7.5% of the territory of Montenegro. This area is rich in plant species, plants of endemic and relic origin, floral flora, healing herbs, with large pasture lands and natural meadows where livestock are grown and nourished," says Dragana Obradovic from the company HM "Durmitor".

She estimated that by the registration of the origin, the Durmitor’s skorup would be a strong competitor on the domestic and foreign market, which would bring great benefits to the producers.

Durmitor’s skorup is produced with a traditional technology that is passed from generation to generation. The product has specific characteristics, taste, appearance and scent, and belongs to savory foods of high nutritional and energy value.

HM "Durmitor" counts about 1,000 milking sheep - autochthonous “pramenka”, during the summer, takes them to Dobri do, where they have facilities that meet all the legal requirements for the production of skorup. To make sure that skorup is prepared by the old recipe that is passed from generation to generation is liable the chief mountaineer Dragana Zeković.

"The milking of sheep is handled manually, and then we transfer the dishes with the milk to the dairy. Here the process of production, filtering, boiling and pouring of the milk are being carried out, as well as the process of making the cream (skorup). Then it is followed by the storage of skorup in wooden pots and salting. The process of its ripening is followed by transferring to “mjesine” to achieve additional ripening and obtain “skorup from mjesina” or 'old skorup'," reports Zekovic about the recipe for preparing Durmitor’s skorup and recalls on “saljevak”, “skorup” and “cheese-prljo” for which the Ministry has officially approved and acknowledged for their application of traditional methods in production.

Owner of "Ski" hotel Jovan-Rajo Baranin and his colleague from "Golden Pine" Radovan Bojović point out that they are satisfied that the well-known agricultural product from Durmitor will get a prestigious mark. They say that in the future in their hotels they will undoubtedly offer Durmitor’s skorup. Its logo and emblem will guarantee it, both to them as buyers and to the guests as well.

Text by Obrad Pjesivac, on February 10th 2019, read more at Vijesti

10 Feb 2019, 22:16 PM

Skiing in Pljevlja, today a town without proper ski paths, has a long tradition, and the beginnings of the development of this sport are linked to before the Second World War.

The most credited was Josip Zic from Slovenia, who did not spare any efforts to show the citizens of Pljevlja, especially in the rural area, how to master the skiing technique.

The Belgrade press wrote about his skiing work. In 1940, published under the title "Skis as means of transport by the peasants in Sandzak," it was written that Zic in 1936 "first began to ski in this area".

He did not know how to ski himself when he first arrived from the coast of Istria to Pljevlja, ten years earlier.

Sure, the harsh winters in Pljevlja made him master the skill to ease fulfilling his daily activities.

In Crepoljski, Sarajevo, he completed a course for instructors, and at Kopaonik for a master teacher.

At that time, he also worked as a part-time gym teacher at the High school in Prijepolje.

Citizens of Pljevlja, especially in the rural area, considered him weird because of the hobby he started to pursue.

The man on the two boards, as they called him, for a very short time managed to make the skiing approachable even to the most sceptical ones.

This was also contributed by a story that rapidly spread in the villages of Pljevlja that Zic on the mountain Cemerno, on his return from Rudog, managed to escape the crowd of hungry wolves on his skis.

Knowing that the peasants showed interest in skiing, Zic began to visit the villages of Pljevlja. He even went to the farthest ones, several times. He showed his skis to the villagers, and how to use them as well.

After completing the lectures, Zic would take the drawings from the suitcase, hang them on the wall of the school where he held classes, showing various skiing techniques to his "students".

After several hours of theory, Zic would take the villagers to a nearby hill where he would show them the basics of skiing.

How much interest Zic aroused among the villagers it is shown by the fact that he was known for forming the so-called skiing troops in Crljenica, Mihajlovici, Jabuci, Krći, Gotovusa, Židovići, Čemerno, Crni vrh, Obarda and Hoćevini

"I'm lucky I learned how to ski. That good Slovenian brother Zic taught me and now I can almost compete with him. If I had factory skis I would beat him. Now I use skis when I go to the town to get salt or gas. It takes me a second to get it on my skis. When I need to lay the hay to the cattle, I go on my skis and I’m there in no time. For all this is good, but I have to say that it is best for the evening sessions. Earlier, I couldn’t go to another village. Now I just stand up on my skis and in a short time, I get there. I know that the wolves cannot catch me, and we peasants are not afraid of anything else," the author of the article published in the 1940s in Belgrade's "Stampa", quoting one of the villagers from Cemerno.

In Pljevlja, from 1936 to 1937, several skiing competitions were organized in the villages of Cemerno, Zidovici and Gotovusi. In addition to locals, the army also participated.

The most interesting was the "pure peasant games", which took place in 1936 in the village of Mihailovica.

The path on which adult skiers competed was 10 kilometers long, and half the size for the kids.

In the membership category, the first place was won by Hajro Suruliz, and in the category of generation Slobodan Novakovic from Potrlice.

It was also reported that young Marko Vasovic from that village also participated, who received the skis as a gift from the garrison officer from Pljevlja.

Unlike that time, in Pljevlja today there is no organized ski resort where current generations will learn this skill and spend time outside the polluted city environment.

They do not have a ski resort, but they have the best skier in the country

Two years ago, the local government announced the construction of a ski resort in the village of Mijailovica, near the road Pljevlja - Prijepolje, but nothing has yet been done nor has been mentioned as a project to be realized in this and next year. The project involved dismantling and overhauling of the pillars and ski lifts of the old ski resort in Kosanica and installation at a new location. The ski lift in the village of Kosanica was built in the early 80s and has not long been operational. Valuable equipment is decaying and partially threatened by thieves. At the beginning of 2002, near a monastery of the Holy Trinity, a mini ski lift of 120 meters was set up in the place called Popova njiva, but it has not long been operational either. The procurement was financed by the coal mine Pljevlja, which, as it was announced, allocated 30,000 marks, and the lift was handed over to the ski club “Ljubisnja”. Although they have no ski trails, numerous skiers have achieved remarkable results at competitions in the country and abroad. One of them is Eldar Salihovic, currently the best Montenegrin skier.

Text by Goran Malidzan, on February 10th 2019, read more at Vijesti

10 Feb 2019, 02:47 AM

08 February 2019 - The second phase of the reconstruction of the Nikša Bućin swimming pool in Kotor, for which the Government has allocated 3.5 million EUR, will begin on 18 February, and the swimming pool will be put into operation at the end of the year, said Minister of Sports and Youth Nikola Janović.

"Today, with particular pleasure, I can point out that the Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Sport and Youth, in cooperation with the Directorate of Public Works, have created all the necessary conditions for the beginning of the reconstruction of one of the most important sports infrastructure projects in the field of capital investments. The problem of reconstructing the Nikša Bućin indoor swimming pool, which has existed since 2014, has been resolved today," Minister Nikola Janović explained.

He said that this is great news for his fellow citizens of Kotor, but also for water polo players, especially for junior water polo players and their parents.

"Kotor is a city of sport, but above all Kotor is the symbol of the biggest Montenegrin successes in water polo. Through investing in sports infrastructure and implementing this project, the Government shows that it wants to enable our youth, children and citizens to practice sports in a more adequate way," Minister Janović underlined.

Minister of Sport and Youth announced even more dynamic realisation of projects of infrastructure reconstruction and adaptation of sports fields and sports halls throughout Montenegro.

"We will now place a special focus on our less developed municipalities, namely Petnjica, Berane, Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Rožaje. The Government of Montenegro wants to invest in capital sports facilities, but also in capital projects in other areas, in order to create conditions for the improvement of the living standards in these municipalities," Minister of Sports and Youth Nikola Janović concluded.

10 Feb 2019, 01:10 AM

09 February 2019 - D-moll Band will represent Montenegro at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, after winning the TVCG selection programme Montevision. The six-member band D-mol entered and won the competition with a ballad in the English language named "Heaven".

On Saturday night, the expert jury and Montenegrin Eurovision fans up and down the country had the power to pick the next Montenegrin entrant for the annual competition.

D moll to Present Montenegro at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel 2

The winner was decided by votes in the Montevision music show, hosted and broadcasted by the public service broadcaster of Montenegro, TVCG. "D-moll" band performed the song in the English language named "Heaven", which was evaluated by the expert jury with members from the country and abroad and the audience, and the ballad had the highest number of votes.

In addition to "D-moll", four Montenegrin performers - Andrea Demirović, Monika Knezović, Ivana Popović Martinović and Nina Petković also presented their songs in Montevision.

Radio and Television of Montenegro organized and broadcasted this great music show, and through cable operators, the Public Service enabled the transfer of Montevision in HD resolution on a special channel.

On February 9, for the first time in the region, during this music competition, TVCG organised a prize for voters, a travel ticket for two people to Tel Aviv, for five days with tickets for Eurosong competition! The winner of the prize, a man from Podgorica, was delighted to receive the reward. The guest of the evening was the regional star Hari Mata Hari, who was invited to perform during the Montevision.

D moll to Present Montenegro at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel 3

Montevision was opened by the group "D-moll" with an emotional ballad in the English language called "Heaven". Andrea Demirović performed the second song called "Ja sam ti san". Monika Knezović performed third with the composition "Nepogrješivo", which speaks of the power of love. Ivana Popovic Martinović performed fourth with the song "Nevinost", which tells a tale of people whom Ivana considers heroes of today. Nina Petković was the last to present to the audience with the song "Uzmi ili ostavi", which, as Nina said, is more daring than last year, and it carries a strong message. The International Jury of Montevision was comprised of Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta, Sweden and Ukraine. The president of the jury was Ruslana, winner of Eurosong 2004.

After being crowned victorious, D-moll performed their song Heaven again for the crowd. They will now head to the semi-finals of the Eurovision.

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel from May 14-18. The Contest, organized by the EBU and Israeli public broadcaster KAN, will take place at Tel Aviv’s Expo Centre in May next year. As announced by EBU, a total of 42 countries will “Dare to Dream” (Eurovision 2019 slogan) as they head to Israel’s self-defined non-stop city in May next year, with the Semi-Finals taking place at Tel Aviv’s Expo Centre on the 14 and 16 of May, and the Grand Final on 18 May.

09 Feb 2019, 17:43 PM

February 9, 2019 - In 2019 Boka Navy will mark few significant jubilees for Kotor and Boka Bay, and realize a representative exhibition on the Navy in Montenegro and then in some European cities. In addition to planning foreign visits, the organization also focuses on selecting, processing and preparing about 800 documents from the history of the oldest maritime organization in the world, said in an interview for the daily newspaper Pobjeda the Boka Navy Admiral, Dr. Antun Sbutega. 

In 2019 Boka Navy marks 1210 years since its foundation. What is the Boka Navy today? Must it be much more than participation in the St. Tryphon’s festivals and dancing the St. Tryphon’s round dance?
Boka Navy connects its roots with 13 January, 809, when the relics of St. Tryphon came in Kotor. It links to his cult and the town of Kotor.  After the Church, it is the oldest existing institution in Montenegro and the oldest maritime organization in the world and by this unique one. Boka Navy's Heritage is an exceptional historical memory, tradition, moral, spiritual and cultural values. We are nurturing tradition, participate in the festivals defined by the Statute, and dance the ancient round dance. But, it is far more than that, an active factor in cultural life and civil society, as evidenced by numerous activities last year. The Navy participated in the 100th anniversary of the rebellion of sailors in Boka and guest abroad, in Piran and Trieste. We work intensively with the Montenegrin Maritime Museum, Navy of the Army of Montenegro, Kotor's Historical Archives, Kotor's Music School, Kotor Art Festival, City Music in Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi, other cultural institutions and are involved in numerous cultural projects. With the funds approved by the Ministry of Culture, we procured new uniforms, while the restoration of an ancient weapon was underway. We have publishing activity, and through the site, social networks and media, inform the public about the events.
What are Boka Navy’s plans for 2019? What do you plan to accomplish?
The plan is ambitious, and we hope to realize it as well as the previous one. Among other things, the Navy will participate in ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Earthquake on the Montenegrin Coast, 40 years after the entry of the Kotor area into the UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage List, 60 years after the establishment of the oldest unit of the University of Montenegro- Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor. We plan a representative exhibition about the Navy in Montenegro, and then in some European cities. We are working on a selection, processing and preparation project for about 800 documents from the Boka Navy History.
The Admiralty and You personally in public performances insist on the universal, multi-ethnic and multicultural character of the Navy. Why is it so important to emphasize?
The Navy is a real example of universal, multiethnic and multicultural values, which are also the fundamental values of Montenegro, as written in its Constitution. Unfortunately, we are witnessing that from various sides the so-called identity issues, that is to aggressively insist on ethnic, national, religious and other affiliation, contradicts their identity, falsifies history in a primitive way, which has often been the cause of the tragedy. And the Boka Navy is exposed to political and media pressures trying to deny its fundamental values and falsifying its history. That is why in December 2016, in Pobjeda, we published the text "Whose is the Boka Navy" to whom we have nothing to add or subtract.
The candidacy of the Boka Navy by Montenegro for entry to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage is undergoing. When we could expect the finalization of this process and what benefits could the Boka Navy and Montenegro have?
I would say that the most critical success of the Boka Navy in the last two years is the nomination for UNESCO, the first non-material good of Montenegro. We received a great deal of support from the Presidency of Montenegro, the Government, especially the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the municipalities of Boka Bay, the institutions of culture, civil society and citizens. The making of the Nominating Application Document was a complex and long-term job, conducted in cooperation with the experts of the Ministry of Culture headed by Milica Nikolic, whom we are very grateful for her support and help. The Montenegrin diplomatic network and the Ministry of Culture are following the candidacy process. UNESCO has informed that the nomination was technically satisfactory and that it was in the evaluation procedure. We believe that in the UNESCO's Nobility Committee in December this year in Bogotá, the Navy will finally be enrolled in Representative List. It will have immense importance for the Navy, but also Montenegro's promotion in the world as culture is essential for forming images of states, especially those that are not well known. I am convinced that this will be significant for a world that will reveal the marvelous values of the Navy.
This candidature caused numerous reactions in Croatia. Why was the joint nomination of the Navy for UNESCO by Montenegro and Croatia not possible?
These reactions were inadequate, excessive and without valid arguments. Being subject of the Assembly of Montenegro, the Croatian Parliament, and the European Parliament, and we were also exposed by an incredible media campaign that challenged Montenegro's right to this candidacy, insisting that the Navy is the first cultural heritage of the Croats. We do not need to know who we are, we have learned it well in 1210 years. The joint nomination was not possible and because the Navy did not come from Croatia to get an official bid for a joint application, and above all, because the arguments highlighted about our history and identity are not true. The Prime Minister of Montenegro has put forward a clear position, which is the attitude of the Navy, and Montenegro has independently nominated the Navy. However, the coordinated action of a part of the institutions and diplomacy of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian brotherhood of the Boka navy 809, which separated from us in 1991 and the Croatian National Council in Montenegro, try to continue to UNESCO to challenge our candidacy. It does not concern us because we are sure of the validity of the nomination and our arguments. The Navy is older than states and nations in this area and has accumulated valuable experience, values and collective wisdom for the ages, thanks to which it has endured numerous dramatic historical reviews, and will do so.
boka navy pineBoka Navy, Tivat, photo by Antonela Stjepcevic
Do you expect that in the event of Pope Francis' visit, his meeting with members of the Boka Navy would be an indispensable part of the protocol?
During the visit of the Secretary-General of Vatican cardinal Pietro Carolin of Montenegro last year, in agreement with the state protocol, the Boka Navy welcomed him and danced in his honor. We believe that if we come to a historic visit to Pope Francis of Montenegro, we will have the opportunity to meet him.
You are the author of "Marine History of Montenegro in the context of Adriatic, Mediterranean, and World Maritime Affairs." You wrote it by comprehensive education and the perfect knowledge of the methodology of scientific work. Within your private history and motives, what inspired you to write this book?
The Boka Navy was a co-author of that book with the Montenegrin Maritime Museum, thanks to the funds of the Ministry of Culture. It is a 522-page book of A4 format, with 1137 footnotes and about 750 bibliographic monographs. It is the first book on this topic that covers maritime history in the territory of today's Montenegro from Illyrian and Roman times to the present. It is a result of the naval tradition of my family over a period of more than four hundred years, a research that I started in my youth, the fact that I had been teaching at the Faculty of Maritime Studies for a long time, my degree and my doctoral degree in maritime science and decennial work. Although written following the scientific methodology, I tried to make it attractive to all readers.
Are maritime affairs in Montenegro just a glorious past? Do you have data that deny that stereotype?
Maritime affairs in the territory of Montenegro have a history of about 2,500 years. Naval tradition is deeply rooted here, especially in Boka, and is an essential factor in the development of maritime affairs. Over the years, naval affairs have been going through several crises, but have the vitality to be renewed. One of the gravest crises began in 1991, in the time of the collapse of Yugoslavia, wars, and sanctions that hit maritime affairs. But most of the fleet, port and shipbuilding and other activities, albeit weakened, survived that period but had a dramatic fall in the coming years due to inadequate maritime policy in the country. Later on, there was a sure recovery of ports and shipping, while shipbuilding disappeared. Today, we have two shipping companies with only four vessels, which do not show the ability to operate on the maritime market successfully. Port of Bar is a small and poorly-used capacity. Even today, Montenegro has no naval policy. 
Meanwhile, there has been a rapid development of nautical tourism and arrivals for cruise ships. In Montenegro, there are 6- 7 thousand seafarers, of which over 95% are sailing on foreign companies, earning revenue of 200-300 million per year. How I have managed to establish Montenegro is by seafarers number compared to the number of inhabitants in the world's first place. There are numerous problems in the process of naval education and the recognition of their authority in the world. The Boka Navy has the task of promoting maritime affairs and working with seafarers' associations to solve problems in this area.
08 Feb 2019, 13:07 PM

Currently, on the territory of the Municipality of Tivat, there are ongoing works on infrastructure and public buildings with a total value of 4.37 million euros.

There is an ongoing adaptation of the building Buca-Lukovic, which is used by the PU Museum and Gallery Tivat worth 176,000 euros. A reconstruction of the Cultural Center facility is being carried out, for which EUR 365,000 was allocated. The construction of the second phase of the MR1 road, which is an investment of 2.98 million, as well as the first phase of the seafront promenade Lungo mare Krasici, worth 747.000 euros, continued on Luštica peninsula. The completion of the first phase of the renovation of the Arsenal auxiliary sports field is ongoing, for which 54,000 euro is committed, which is as much as for the continuation of works on the sewerage in Donja Lastva.

“The municipality has announced a tender worth 665,000 euros, out of which 390,000 is set for the first phase of construction of a facility for children with disabilities in Seljanovo, and 200,000 for the cleaning of the submarine area in the port Kalimanj. The expansion of public lighting in the municipality will cost 40,000, and the purchase of the conference system for the local parliament 35,000 euros," the municipality said.

Tenders worth 2.3 million euros are being prepared, including 700,000 for local road asphalting and 500,000 for the second phase of Belani promenade, i.e. 550,000 euros for the second phase of the facility for children with disabilities. 120.000 euros are for the repair of sidewalks and walkways, and the construction of supporting walls in Gornja Lastva.

Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on February 7th 2019, read more at Vijesti

08 Feb 2019, 12:54 PM

The merriest Feast in Crmnica and Bar - The Festival of Wine and Ukljeva fish, after several delays, will probably be held the third weekend in February, said the director of Tourist organization of Bar Emil Kukalj.

He told “Vijesti” that this was just one of the activities of TOB this spring, and that they will bring some of the old well-known manifestations back to Bar.

"A rich cultural and entertainment program has been prepared for the Festival of Wine and Ukljeva. Also, TO Bar organizes a concert for Valentine’s Day on February 14th at the Square Vladimir and Kosara. In February, we will present the tourist offer from Bar on the tourism fairs in Munich and Prague and the most important IFT tourism fair in Belgrade," Kukalj said.

In the future activities, TO also included the development of the Tourism Development Strategy of Bar until 2025, which will provide guidelines for further development of tourist offer and promotion and destination’s marketing. Kukalj notes that they have planned to carry out the events "Games Without Boundaries", "Visit the Mountains" and "Days of Grapes".

As he added, a series of well-received and highly-ranked programs continued since the beginning of this year.

This is primarily the three-day New Year's Eve in cooperation with the Municipality of Bar with a variety of entertainment programs and booths with local specialties, and the premiere free of charge ice rink at the square that attracted guests to Bar from all over Montenegro during that month. The TO estimates that there were over 10,000 skaters at the skating rink, and there were about 15,000 visitors at the Square of Vladimir and Kosara during the New Year's concerts.

Text by Radomir Petric, on February 7th 2019, read more at Vijesti

07 Feb 2019, 14:16 PM

In hotels, tourist resorts and houses throughout Montenegro last year, there were 1,076,848 tourists, out of which 959,121 were foreigners, as shown by the preliminary data from the Monstat Directorate of Statistics, published in “Dnevne novine”.

This is 12.7 percent more than in 2017, while the number of overnight stays is 8.2 percent higher. Namely, there were a total of 4.208.955 overnights and 3.763.857 only by foreign guests.

So, according to the data so far, tourists in Montenegro had an average of 3.91 overnights, which is the closest to a five-day stay, while in July during the peak season they mostly chose a six-day visit with five overnight stays in hotel accommodations. Also, foreigners had an average of 3.92 overnight stays per year and spent the longest 4.98 nights during July.

Unlike them, domestic tourists had an average of 3.78 overnight stays throughout the year, but in August, a favorite month for a collective holiday, they continued to spend an average of 5.24 nights in shared accommodations.

Compared to 2017, the average number of overnight stays dropped for 0.16 from the previous 4.07, and the number of foreign guests by 0.18 from the last year's 4.1, while the Montenegrins spent more nights at hotels, so with 3.86, this number increased by 0.12.

The preliminary data from Monstat show that 809,575, i.e., 84.41 percent of foreign guests arrive from European countries, while from other continents it is 149,546. Of the total number, the highest number of those with a Serbian passport is 120,060 guests or 12.52 percent.

By the number of tourists arriving in Montenegro, Russia is ranked second with 79.153, France with 61.212, and Germany with 57.723 guests. From the United Kingdom, 45,786 guests arrived last year, and other key countries from which there is a significant number of tourists are Poland with 38,419, Italy with 24,833, and Sweden with 20,465 guests who visited the country.

Out of the countries from the region, after Serbia, most of the guests came from Albania 38,281, then Bosnia and Herzegovina 35,101, Croatia 24,816, Kosovo 21,311, Slovenia 15,887, and Macedonia only 10,345. In 2018, there were 22,843 tourists from the USA in Montenegro, from Israel 31,958 and 34,183 from Turkey. Still, this is significantly less than the number of Chinese who have decided to visit Montenegro, i.e. 41,338. Out of 3,763,857 overnights, Europeans achieved 3,447,168 or even 91.59 percent, and spent 4.26 days on average in hotels, resorts, boarding houses, motels, tourist resorts, hostels and other similar accommodation facilities throughout Montenegro.

The two countries whose citizens achieved most of the overnight stays are Serbia with 546,012 or 14.51 percent of the total, then Russia with 514.151 or 13.66 percent of all overnight stays. France is in third place with 313,838 overnight stays, followed by Germany with 240,913 and the United Kingdom with 228,097 overnight stays.

Significant results in hotels are also thanks to guests from Poland who made up 161,632 overnights, Bosnia and Herzegovina with 149,268 and Sweden with 112,497 overnight stays. When it comes to the length of stay, the Serbs stayed an average of 4.55 nights, Russians 6.5, French 5.13, Germans 4.17, and British 4.98 nights. Guests from Poland have an average of 4.21 nights, Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.25, and Sweden 5.5 nights.

Out of the countries in the region, citizens from Albania realized 73,804 nights, Kosovo 62,318, Croatia 56,990, and Slovenia 48,289 nights. This means that the neighbors from Slovenia spend on average 3.04 nights, Kosovo 2.92, Croatia 2.3, and Albania only 1.93 nights. When it comes to other European countries with a significant number of arrivals, Italians have only 65,419 overnight stays, as they spend an average of 2.63 nights on average.

Text by Dnevne novine, on February 7th 2019, read more at CdM

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