07 Jun 2019, 00:26 AM

06 June 2019 - The Memorandum of Cooperation between UNDP and the Municipality of Bar, with the aim of developing the green economy in the territory of that municipality, was signed on June 6 in Podgorica at the beginning of the second day of the international conference Green Days 2019 – Unlocking Green Growth Potential.

As concluded at the conference, life in urban areas requires the transformation of those areas into so-called smart cities. The Smart City concept is one segment of the new solutions that involve introducing the concept of energy efficiency in public buildings, as well as setting up an e-mobility infrastructure that should be powered by renewable energy sources.

According to the report by the local government of Bar, the Memorandum was signed by Daniela Gasparikova, Permanent Representative of the UNDP in Montenegro and Dušan Raičević, President of the Municipality of Bar.

Bar Municipality to Implement Smart City Concept

The Memorandum of Cooperation between UNDP and the Municipality of Bar confirms the interest and readiness of Montenegrin municipalities to further develop the concept of the green economy at the local level.

The importance of the green economy is reflected in the fact that it allows the use of natural and all other resources in a sustainable manner, which reduces environmental risks and enhances sustainable, inclusive development.

"UNDP supports local governments throughout the region in an effort to create and improve mechanisms that will ensure responsible governance, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health and prosperity of citizens. In Montenegro, UNDP provides full support for creating long-term solutions that will enable sustainable growth and development, and good quality of life with a responsible attitude towards the environment," said Daniela Gasparikova, UNDP's permanent representative in the country.

All planned activities within the framework of the smart city concept should contribute to the strategic positioning of Bar and further promotion of the municipality as a green tourist destination.

Dušan Raičević, President of the Bar Municipality, emphasized that "by implementing this Memorandum of Understanding, UNDP will provide technical support to the Municipality of Bar in order to create the most favourable conditions for the development of green investments and initiatives. A special focus will be placed on reducing the carbon footprint of local service providers, starting with the Sports Centre where energy-efficient lighting is planned."

The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation was organized at the International Conference Green Days 2019 – Unlocking Green Growth Potential. The International Conference Green Days 2019: Unlocking Green Growth Potential (UGGP) is a large conference that takes place in Podgorica on June 5-6. The conference is organized by the Government of Montenegro, the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

One of the conclusions of the conference is that in the next twenty years, 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas and that this requires an urgent transformation towards smart cities. The implementation of the smart city concept can save time spent in traffic from 15 to 30 minutes per person, and even save water from 25 to 80 litres of water per day per person.

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06 Jun 2019, 13:28 PM

June 6, 2019 - At the Small stage of the Tivat Culture Center, the book of Dr. Miomir Maros "Recorded Montenegro" was presented last night, for which the audience showed great interest.

Based on TV reportages from the "Record" cycle, produced for 17 years, author Miomir Maros spoke with painter Milo Pavlović, cultural activist Lazar Božović, and journalist and publicist Mašo Čekić. The idea for the title of the book - Recorded Montenegro - came from a colleague, though Maros explained that it does not mean that he has exhausted the theme and inspiration for the "Record" series.
"I wanted the first promotion of the book to be in Tivat, not just because of my friends, but because from Tivat Mirac could be better seen than from Kotor." The author mentioned his family's roots explaining that the part of the book is also eight reportages made by his older colleagues, among which is the story about Mirac by the famous author Vasko Radusinović. 
"The syntax Recorded Montenegro is from one of my colleagues, a producer, and I liked it much. It does not mean that the series is rounded, but on the contrary. It's just the name of the book. It brings the real meeting of the East and West, as is our Montenegro. The connection between our differences is the wealth of this book, the richness of the Record and Montenegro in general."
marosMiomir Maros, TV Journalist, the author of "Recorded Montenegro"
After 17 years of work on the television series "Record," Maros says it was not easy to choose the stories that would enter the book.
"I wanted every part of Montenegro to be represented, as far as possible. As a journalist, I first liked the information. It is fortunate that Milorad Đurković, the legend of sports journalism, referred me to the reportage. He saved me from news and politics. I'm glad; it turned out that I had done worthful things. Perhaps the painter Naod Zoric was right when he said that all the stories had long been told. But the emotion is different. It is the product of the interaction between my interlocutors and me," said Miomir Maros.
Painter Milo Pavlovic, speaking of the book and the series on which it originated, apostrophized the emotion with which the author approaches the subject, whether it is a map of landscapes or allows us to get to know the people and habits of some region.
"The audience likes Miomir Maros. I love him too. He is much younger than me, but we have something in common, and that is to respect the people and the customs of the space we come from. Miomir connects the Mediterranean with the north of Montenegro. It can only be a great man who loves Montenegro. For each series, every Record is approached responsibly and carefully."
Mašo Čekić has been following Maros's work since the very beginnings, as he, as a radio journalist, has always preferred reporting as a form that gives the author great opportunities to publicize the landscapes and the people, customs and events.
"Reportage is the queen of journalism. Miomir Maros is the true successor of Radovan Jablan from Radio Titograd and our Špiro Račeta from Pobjeda. Several young journalists, including Maros, return the reportage to the place that it belongs. A neighborhood, people, voice, heart, and soul - all this can be found in his reportage. Maros opted for two parts - people and landscapes, but he could have chosen differently. This book is small for his opus. He is obliged to make the second and third editions. He knows to notice that he gets what he needs from a negotiator, recognizes what is worth and what to write. What fascinates me especially is the cultural heritage, first of all, mobile. All that Maros writes can be classified as a moving cultural heritage. That's why this book has extra value. I recommend it to everyone, especially to young people," said Mašo Čekić.
According to the president of the Tivat branch of Matica Crnogorska, Lazar Božović, the Records are of great importance for the Montenegrin identity.
"This fascinating book had seen the light of the day just when the author turned out to be the true master of enrichment of Montenegrin culture. It's a small mosaic of Montenegrin wealth, an anthology of time by TV journalist," Lazar Božović emphasized.
The organization of the promotion, which was accompanied by the majorettes of the Studio Modest inspired Dolores Fabijan from Kotor, was signed by the Matica Crnogorska- Tivat branch and the Tivat Culture Center.
06 Jun 2019, 10:59 AM

The first donkey museum in the region will soon be opened at the Donkey farm in Martinici, and the founder of the farm, the ornithologist Darko Saveljic, has also announced the opening of the visitors' center. "It will be the first farm in the country to have a visitor center and the first donkey museum in the region," he told Newspapers. Saveljic founded the farm in 2015 to protect an animal that is part of Montenegrin natural and cultural heritage. So, it became a refuge for a few donkeys bought by the founders to save them from torture, hunger, and hard work. He said that about thirty years ago, the donkey was the best ally of rural households in the karst part of the country. Today, it has lost the battle with machines and has become one of the most endangered animal species in Montenegro, even threatened by the pelican. Visitors to the future museum will be able to see saddles, wooden buckets (burilo), Polaroid photographs with donkeys on beaches, photographs from the lives of donkeys in Montenegro, and stories from the life of the first donkey farm in Montenegro over 108 square meters.

The Visitor Center will be located within the museum. Saveljic said that the idea is that this space will be free of charge for seminars and workshops on nature protection and agriculture. Two suits within the farm will soon be completed to accommodate volunteers working there.

"The farm is very popular abroad and we have a large number of announcements, especially German tourists, who want to stay at the farm, where they will work and pay for it. It sounds strange, but the foreigners will stay on the farm, work and pay," says Saveljic.

One hundred fifty donkeys live in Montenegro and that is the total number of these animals, counting those on the farm in Martinici.

He explains that it is a form of tourism that is more popular with those who want an active vacation.

"These are mostly families with children. There will also be organic gardens, so we can start the program “Pick, prepare and eat” to complete the offer. Soon the valley of Zete River will be a protected area, so staying in the beautiful and protected nature is a luxurious experience," said the founder.

Apart from being a shelter for donkeys, the farm has the role of sensitizing people to the problems of animal abuse and offers free assistance to families who have problems with autistic children. Donkey’s milk production is also carried out on the farm, and almost half of the product obtained is donated to the most serious diseases and children suffering from diabetes.

More than 57,000 visitors have visited the farm in Martinici so far, and it is recommended by the famous tourist guides Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

"Only in December last year, at the fourth New Year’s ball for children and adults, we had more than three thousand visitors in one day," Saveljic recalls. The donkey farm is open for visits on Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm. The entrance ticket is a kilogram of fruit per person.

The construction of the Visitor Center was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, through the Active Citizenship Fund in Montenegro.

Text by Damira Kalac, on June 5th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

06 Jun 2019, 10:00 AM
June 6, 2019 - It seems that the time has come for the ecological state of Montenegro to launch garbage tourism. There is an increasing number of foreigners who fall in love with this beautiful country at first glance, and then that love makes them pull up their sleeves and start collecting trash, which is literally on every step.
When you come to Montenegro, you do not need much time to realize that the ecological awareness of its people is not at a high level. In addition to the efforts of local utilities to keep the space clean, we can see various types of garbage and small waste landfills. Plastic bags are often flagged along the roads of the ecological state of Montenegro, causing the shame of responsible citizens.
Why do we allow ourselves to leave garbage along the roads, throwing construction waste, plastic, and plastic bags everywhere? Does such a rich cultural and natural heritage that takes everyone's breath away oblige us to respect and guard them for future generations?
Why are we laughing at the status of the ecological state we have and tourism as a strategic branch of our economic development?
We remember the great project "Let it be clean," which was once realized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs, the Sea Property, all municipalities, and their utility services as well as the non-governmental sector. This state program meant removing waste, cleaning, cutting and maintenance of mainland and regional roads over 2,500 km long. We regret that the project didn't last long.
As we re-create something similar with individual examples of eco actions of some NGOs and individuals, we begin to ecologically and civilizable reflect on and congratulate the shining examples.
It is more and more common among the tourists who come to visit or live in Montenegro. Among them are Sergey Gron and Dubravka Jovanović, whose stories we bring below.

Sergey Gron's Ecological Actions 

Sergey Gron, a businessman from Russia, lives in Troica and has so far carried out and funded four cleaning actions together with the Kotor public utility company, where eight garbage trucks were collected:
ecological barEcological State of Montenegro, Bar, Copyright: Vijesti
"We carried out cleaning actions from Jugodrvo to Trojica, then from Trojica to Kotor and from Kotor to the circular course. I intend to pursue the action of cleaning on billboards in two languages, with motivational messages about using plastic bags and bottles less and the proper disposal of waste, as well as the UNESCO educational material on this topic being distributed by schools and continuing to cooperate with other organizations cleaning garbage from the areas beside the roads. My activities do not have any political or financial claims; I want to do something for the space in which I live and to contribute to the preservation of this part of the planet to remain so beautiful. It is important that everyone has the responsibility in front of him and front of God for their actions and to constantly think of what kind of planet to leave behind, to their children," Sergey Gron told Radio Tivat.

Ecological action by Dubravka Jovanovic and Her Young Team

If ecology is the question of an individual's conscience, Dubravka Jovanović, a resident of the nautical settlement Porto Montenegro, with her son and friends cleaned the beach and the access road to Župa.
Although in Tivat only for one month, Dubravka points out that she has learned from her father that each activity gives a result. With fourteen-year-old son Diego, his friend Maksim Ischenko, Maksim's 12-year-old brother Anton and their sister, Sonja, who is nine years old, Dubravka saw that in Župa there was plenty of garbage on the beach and pulled up her sleeves.
"There were a lot of cigarettes butts, but also the other kinds of waste that we put into the plastic bags and tossed. We also cleaned the access road," Dubravka says, adding that it is now a pleasure to see a clean beach. She points out that it is about children who are studying at Knightsbridge School International and are pleased to help make Tivat a clean city.
ecological actionsDubravka and her team in the ecological action at Župa, Tivat, Copyright: Dubravka Jovanovic
Dubravka, whose spouse is a Spanish diplomat, points out that she loved Tivat and would like to organize a similar action to clean the city park.
"Schools are close to the school park, and I believe that for the children who would participate in such action it could mean a lot. They would spend time in the fresh air in activities without mobile phones and computers, and afterward would think twice before throwing something away while walking through the park," Dubravka explained, in the hope that Tivat's institutions and ecological NGOs would help her to realize this idea.
Source: Radio Tivat
06 Jun 2019, 01:12 AM

04 June 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković told citizens that the past two years of Montenegro's membership in NATO confirm that by joining the North Atlantic Alliance, Montenegro has strengthened the security and safety of the country, contributed to the stability of our region and created the preconditions for the development and better life of citizens, and that we can be proud of the fact that Montenegro is in the company of the most powerful democracies of the world.

"For the first time, we have the opportunity to preserve the values that we naturally belong to and promote them together within the 28-country Alliance. We have strengthened the security and safety of the country, contributed to the stability of our region and created the preconditions for the development and better life of our citizens. Without stability, there is no progress - and every citizen of the Balkans knows it best. Citizens of Montenegro can be proud of the fact that our State equally stands shoulder to shoulder with the most powerful democracies of the world, through the role of an ally in the global challenges facing every corner of the planet. It is in Montenegro's best traditions to be there for our partners. But today, unlike many other periods of our history, we have allies behind us ready to help us tackle every challenge, at any time," said Prime Minister Duško Marković in his address to the citizens on the occasion of the second anniversary of Montenegro's membership in NATO.

He also noted that NATO membership is much more than a military alliance because it contributes to the growth of foreign investments and tourists visits.

"What you can see in the past two years is the growth of foreign direct investment not only from the Alliance member states. NATO membership can be reasonably correlated with investment indicators and tourism records. I also believe that those who did not support the path of Montenegro to NATO today see that it is inseparable from our future membership in the European Union, to which Montenegro is getting closer and closer every day by making notable social progress," Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded.

05 Jun 2019, 11:12 AM
June 6, 2019 - The 2nd International Carnival organized by NGO "Maškarada" begins today in Tivat and lasts until 9 June. The manifestation will gather 20 international carnival groups with over 500 participants, announced the organizers at yesterday's press conference held at the small scene of the Tivat Culture Center.
Goran Božović from NGO "Maškarada" announced that the 2nd International Carnival in Tivat would host groups from almost all countries of the region, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil. The manifestation in Tivat is attended by the president of the FECC Federation of European Carnival Cities Lars Angel and Vice President Marian Hirsh.
"We are very proud of this event, the new cultural and tourist brand of our town which proved to be one of the best and most successful events not only in our city but also in the region. Even after the first edition, we became one of the most prestigious carnivals in Europe. We want this year to be original and attractive and to give great satisfaction to our guests, carnivals from abroad and the public who will come to enjoy the show. All this would not have been possible without the devoted members of the "Maškarada" who gave their best and voluntary service to organize this event at the highest possible level," said Božović at the conference attended by the Vice-President of the German FCC, Marie Claire Klein-Theisen.
carnival2nd International Carnival in Tivat, Press Conference, Photo by Zeljko Komnenović, Radio Tivat
The Great International Parade in the streets of Tivat will be held 8 June from 8 pm, and the central part of the program will be on the city's main promenade of Pine. "After the international procession follows the main attraction of this Carnival. It is the show "Brazil Bahia Show," a group coming from Brazil that will convey the spirit of Brazilian carnival and samba. We are hosting them for the first time in Montenegro. The carnival party continues late into the night with the Goca Tržan concert," Božović announced. The children's Carnival in cooperation with the Children's Alliance of Tivat starts 9 June at 6 pm.
During the program, the citizens of Tivat and their guests will also be able to enjoy the Masked Beetles parade, Water Ball under the Masks, carnival exhibition, and Regatta under the Masks.
Gabrijela Glavočić, director of the TO, who sponsored the event, highlighted the importance of the cultural and tourist aspect of the manifestation. "Since last year we are members of FECC. Our fellow citizens have endeavored to offer novelties in carnival festivals. It is also essential the tourist aspect of the event because its existence confirms the quality of the destination," said Glavočić.
The first parade of "Masked Beats" is organized by the NGO "Maškarada" with the Tivat Club "VW Classic Club Montenegro." Zlatko Jankovic, president of the club, gathering about twenty lovers of Volkswagen's famous "beetles," announced that for this occasion in Tivat, 50 oldtimers and about 150 fans of these cars will come.
After reading the proclamation of the Carnival by Neven Stanicic, sponsors and patrons of the Second International Carnival were presented with carnival flags. Among them was the family of the late Sladjan Kijac, the author of the hymn of this year's edition. "Maškarada" is the song he composed 25 years ago. Zoran Proročić adapted music and lyrics for this opportunity, and the guests of the conference heard the song by Damir Nikolic and Tivat's Klapa Jadran.
The Queen of the Second International Carnival in Tivat will be Martina Božinović, the current "Miss Tourism of Montenegro," who will wear the queen of Teuta dress, which is part of the first group mask of "Maškarada." The Carnival will also have a humanitarian character, collecting funds for the medical treatment of the boy from Tivat, Nikola Drmić.
Source: Radio Tivat
05 Jun 2019, 00:51 AM

03 June 2019 - "The countries of our region, today, must not miss the chance to be part of modern trends in the field of energy and social development," Minister of Economy Dragica Sekulić said at the Summit on Energy Security in the Region.

She participated at the Summit on Energy Security in the Region, which was held in Belgrade, and said that she was honored to have the opportunity to talk with her counterparts from the region on such an important topic.

"It is known that providing sufficient amounts of energy is one of the key conditions for the sustainability of modern society, as well as the basic precondition for sustainable development that we all strive for. However, it seems to me that the question is - how do we provide sufficient amounts of energy - something that represents the most demanding task of this generation of decision makers," Sekulić said.

She recalled that this very complex job is somewhat easier. Namely, with our strategic goal (EU membership), we have created an opportunity to follow the example of those who actually set standards in terms of sustainable development and clean, climate-neutral energy.

In accordance with its energy priorities, Montenegro will continue to pursue activities to ensure secure energy supply, the development of a competitive energy market and sustainable energy development, with active cooperation with all those who have the same objectives.

"I think that we only develop energy in such a way that is economically viable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly," the Minister concluded.

This regional summit is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia and is of great importance for the entire region, bearing in mind that it has gathered the ministers from Southeast Europe for the first time.

An open discussion in the three panels presented an international energy stability plan for the region and considered all aspects of the implementation strategies for the energy transition.

04 Jun 2019, 23:50 PM

04 June 2019 - Podgorica will soon receive its first public electric vehicle charging stations. The EV charging stations will be installed in two locations in the city: at the crossroad of Njegoševa Street and Vučedolska Street in the city centre, and in the garage of the "Parking service" in Milan Popović Street (behind the Restaurant "Maša"), said the report by the local government representatives.

The installation of the first public electric vehicle charging stations is part of the project entitled Development of Low-Carbon Tourism in Montenegro", which is being implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, and with the financial support of the Global Environment Fund (GEF).

Aside from the station in the Capital City, this project will include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Budva, Bijelo Polje, Kolašin, Cetinje and Žabljak, as well as in the National Park Skadar Lake (Vranjina).

The use of public EV charging stations will be free of charge during the first year, after which the service providers will individually decide on further conditions for charging electric cars.

Chargers will be stationary, with two types of chargers (sockets) of type 2: one with minimum power of 22 kW and the other with minimum power of 11.01 kW, in accordance with international standards IEC 62196, IEC 61851 and EN 62196-2.

Procuring the charging devices is funded by UNDP, while the preparation of locations, maintenance of the charging stations and provision of services for filling are included in the local government obligations.

At a UNDP meeting held on June 3, 2019, grant beneficiaries agreed on modalities of exchange of experience and best practice examples in the realization of this project, which aims to support the development of e-mobility in Montenegro.

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04 Jun 2019, 18:19 PM
June 4, 2019 - The Institute of Marine Biology from Kotor, with colleagues from the Adriatic countries, recognizes numerous projects to support this development in maintaining fishery management and marine ecosystem protection. One of these projects is the Adriatic Sea Network for the Marine Ecosystem - ADRINET. Although the archives of the Middle Ages witnessed the tradition of fishing in Boka and Ulcinj, Montenegro is today, when it comes to fisheries, still in the process of the formatting of a severe fishing fleet.  
Based on the documents of the Historical Archives in Kotor, the oldest papers that focus on fisheries in this area date back to the 12th century. Once the backbone of the local population's economy, fishing is nowadays struggling to survive on numerous other incompatible activities, unfair competition, and faulty equipment with the necessary tools to make the catch rate competitive even on the domestic market. Therefore, scientists at the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor, apart from their regular activities, participate in numerous international projects with the preservation of the fish stock of the Adriatic Sea and the strengthening of Montenegrin fishers.
The Ichthyologist Dr. Aleksandar Joksimović is the head of the Working Group on the Negotiating Chapter on Fisheries in the Process of Approximation of Montenegro to the EU. As a representative of Montenegro and Chief of the Scientific Committee of that international organization, Dr. Joksimović participated last week at a meeting in Ljubljana with a review of the activities of the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, our country joined in 2008.
"Considering that the Mediterranean and the Black Sea is a large region, we intend to be sub-regional, Montenegro is in the context of the Adriatic-Ionian region, to present opinions, views, conclusions, and suggestions regarding the work of the General Commission in the past ten years. We were obliged to send recommendations for the next ten years, as these reports will be included in the document, based on which scientists from the field of fisheries, marine biology and other spheres dealing with the protection of marine ecosystems and valorize their resources, will write their reports. That is how we are coming to a future strategy to the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean. This strategy should serve to make the best way of targeting its activities, so that member states, such as Montenegro, find their place and interest in it," explained Dr. Joksimović.
The position of Montenegro on the Adriatic is specific. The small country, with only 293 km of coastline, has a small fishing fleet. Therefore, representation of Montenegro's interest in the Adriatic and Mediterranean requires that our country is looking for a different position related to the fishing giants such as Croatia and Italy.
"It is precisely the essence of the meetings, discussions, and suggestions that we have conducted in Slovenia. Our efforts are a result of the team's defined needs of our fishermen, where, besides the Institute of Marine Biology and Representation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Fisheries Directorate, are also fishermen themselves, as the most important when it comes to fisheries in Montenegro and the Adriatic, of course. In Ljubljana and at all previous meetings of the working bodies of the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, we have stressed that the Commission should recognize the specificities of small countries, such as Montenegro and Slovenia when defining future recommendations or limitations of fishing activities" Dr. Joksimovic explains what it means in practice. 
"All the data show that the state of fisheries in the Adriatic is not great. Along with scientific and reporting, some recommendations will be manifested by the reduction of the fleet and the overall fishing activities of the Adriatic countries. Our struggle and our goal are that Montenegro will be recognized as a small country and exempted from it."
Montenegro is a small country, which is only in the development phase of its fishing fleet, and nothing contributes to the state of the fish stock in the Adriatic as it is, says Dr. Joksimović.
"We expect the flexibility and understanding of the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, as well as the European Commission and DG Mare,  to define reduction the fishing fleet in the Adriatic by 30 percent in some future documents, reduce the number of fishing days, but this does not apply to Montenegro from for objective reasons. It is a big battle; these institutions are difficult to accept because they want to bring a unique recommendation to the entire Adriatic. But we have to fight that our specificity, which is reflected in the geomorphologic configuration of the terrain and the vast depths in front of our shores, which makes our fishermen unable to work as intensely as fishers in the Middle or North Adriatic. And the Minister of Agriculture, Milutin Simović, is very dedicated to this issue and I believe that as a determined team we will succeed in contributing to the preservation of our fishing tradition, above all in Boka Bay and Ulcinj, as well as the moderate development of our fleet. We are not a competition on the Adriatic; we want to take what our sea offers to us. The estimates that the Institute for Biology made for these needs are very optimistic, and the biomass that is in front of our coasts is much more conservative and better than in the rest of the Adriatic. "
Empowering the Montenegrin fishing fleet, which currently has about 20 big fishing ships and a large number of small boats whose owners use traditional fishing techniques and tools, involves a lot of various needs and activities.  The education of fishers, the provision of grants and loans for the procurement of equipment, as well as the introduction of innovative technologies, have to be of benefit to both fishermen and marine ecosystem. 
adrinet 1ADRINET is implemented within IPA Cross Border Cooperation Italy- Albaia- Montenegro
All these goals have been combined with the cross-border project ADRINET, whose implementation began in 2018. Adriatic Network for Marine Eco System- ADRINET is a cross-border project implemented under IPA Montenegro-Italy-Albania program. ADRINET project aims to establish a better management system for coastal fishing. In Montenegro, the pilot area is the Aquatics of Herceg Novi Bay, in Albania is the area of Vlora, while the project is implemented in Italy in the Bari area.
The overall objective of ADRINET is to improve a joint coastal management system and create governance plans to preserve biodiversity and coastal ecosystems inside the Programme area, whose territories share the same issues in terms of pollution, over-exploitation of fish stocks, illegal fishery, fish sophistication and 'ghost fishing.' The project includes investments in technology, to map fishing routes and monitor sea pollution, and provides services, scientific support, and skills for fisheries professionals and consumers, to make fish consumption safer and compliant with EU rules and guidelines.
"In pilot areas, hot spots will be determined, those with the most lost fishing gear. Of course, fishers are not able to extract the lost fishing gear; it remains at the bottom of the sea still active, catching fish and other species. This project brings an excellent idea that all fishing gears are coded by installing small chips that will send signals so that all fishermen in the future can find their tools and return to the ship or coast. That way, fishers save their money, because fishing tools are costly. What's even more important is that they will always know where the devices are lost, and we will be able to clean the sea bottom of these tools. "
Within the ADRINET project, scientists from the Institute of Biology must perform and analyze the quality of fish and other organisms that are caught in the pilot area, investigating the presence of heavy metals. They will examine the presence of cadmium and the presence of pesticides in fish species, antibiotic and microplastic concentrations in some species, as well as the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the seawater and sediment of the sea bottom of Herceg Novi.
04 Jun 2019, 13:39 PM

Djordje Peric, a student of the elementary music school "Kornelije Stankovic" from Bijeljina, won in the pre-category at the 9th International Festival “Harmonika Fest”, which was held in Tivat from 29th to 31st May. In the II category, Vladimir Stojanović from the music school I and II degree from Mostar was awarded, and in the III category Pavle Djuric, a pupil of the school "Vasa Pavic" from Podgorica, was awarded. Petar Balaban, a pupil of the school "Savo Popovic" from Cetinje, triumphed in the IV category, in the V was Lazar Janjusević from "Vasa Pavić", Podgorica, and in VII Ante Selak from Makarska.

The first place in the VIII category was won by Stefan Dimitrijevic, a student of the music school "Dr. Miloje Milojevic" from Kragujevac, and in IX Bozidar Rajic (Faculty of Arts Nis).

When it comes to chamber music, the best works were presented by Valentina Celebic (violin) and Vujic Petar (piano), pupils of the school "Savo Popovic" from Cetinje. In the second category, the best were Emina Visnjic (violin), Milica Djurović (violin) and Milica Rabrenovic (piano) from the music school in Bijelo Polje, and in the third the accordion trio - Hristina Merdovic, Relja Cetkovic and Nemanja Boljevic from "Vasa Pavić" Podgorica.

“Inat trio”, consisting of by Azmir Halilovic, Danijel Lovric and Asmir Hamzic (Academy of Music Sarajevo), won the first place in the fourth category.

In the orchestra competition, the first category was won by the orchestra of accordions from the music school "Kosta Manojlovic" from Smederevo, in second was the orchestra of the accordions "Dara Cokorilo" from Niksic, and in the third Kragujevac Academy Accordion Orchestra.

The festival gathered around 250 accordionists from 12 European countries.

Director and founder of the Festival, Predrag Jankovic, said that “Harmonika fest” has been progressing and developing year by year and is positioned well on the map of the well-known European accordion festivals.

"This year, we had a record number of participants in the competition segment. This is an indication that the Festival is going upward," he says.

The contestants were presented in 17 categories.

The participants were evaluated by a renowned jury, including the French Frederic Deshamps, President of the World Conference on Accordionists, Radomir Tomic and Miljan Bjeletic from Serbia, Dalibor Boljun from Croatia, Damir Sultanov from Kazakhstan, Miroslav Ilic and Aleksandar Basarab from Montenegro.

The festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Tivat Culture Center, Tivat Municipality, and the General Sponsor is the Montenegrin Commercial Bank (CKB).

Text by CdM, on June 2nd, 2019, read more at CdM

04 Jun 2019, 13:32 PM

The two-decades-old idea about constructing a cable car that would connect Becici and Kosmac fortress could soon be realized. Namely, Budva's new city administration does not give up on being a partner with the private company "Cable Car Montenegro" in the construction of a cableway from Becici Cucuci, not far from Hotel "Falkensteiner", to the Austro-Hungarian fortress Kosmac on Brajici.

At yesterday's meeting, the councilors had to come up with a proposal to establish a public interest that would envisage the expropriation of nearly 35,000 square meters of land on a 2.1-kilometer-long road, where this tourist attraction should pass. This is the seventh decision in the last decade since the idea of ​​the cable car was promised, but only now, after resolving the misunderstandings about the property and legal relations with the owners of the parcels on the track of the future lifts, the decision has been made. However, due to the turmoil within the ruling coalition, a session of the local parliament that needed the green light for this project was postponed until further notice.

The purpose of expropriation was the construction of a cable car on the route Becici - Brajici. The municipality will completely expropriate 16,780 square meters to erect pillars on the site, while 27,393 square meters will be completely expropriated for the official passage and use.

The municipality will be the expropriation user, but all costs will be offset by the company "Cable Car Montenegro", which had deposited money four years ago.

The story of the ski lifts started in 2008 when the company “Cable Car Montenegro” was founded. Investors then proposed that the municipality enter the project.

In the Central Register of Business Entities, 56 percent of the founding capital is owned by a tourist worker Branko Diki Kažanegra, 27 percent by Nikola Koprivica, and Ivan Tomic 17 percent. On March 16th, 2008, the Municipal Assembly adopted a decision on the role of the Municipality in establishing a company “Cable Car”. In December of that same year, the local parliament adopted amendments to that decision, which approved the entrance of the Municipality as the founder of “Cable Car Montenegro”. As a founding stake, the Municipality entered its immovable property. "Cable Car Montenegro" paid a deposit of 483,680 euros to the special account of the Ministry of Finance in the middle of November 2015 for expropriation purposes for the construction of the cable car.

Then the entire project was promoted, but due to unresolved property issues, there was no construction. It has been stated on several occasions that the project is worth EUR 12 million and that the investor or the company will provide the money for construction and expropriation. The runway of the future lifts would be 2.1 km long, the starting station in Becici, not far from the hotel complex "Falkensteiner", where it is planned to build a large parking lot and a couple of smaller facilities such as a ticket office and a big public toilette.

From here, the ski lift will climb up some 840 meters above sea level, not far from the Austro-Hungarian fortress Kosmac, where it is foreseen to build a complex that would include small ground buildings made of autochthonous materials, mostly stone. The complex would consist of a large restaurant, a couple of souvenir shops, as well as a large amphitheater in the open air, and large green areas for the visitors to have a rest.

In a car with a maximum of eight people, tourists would travel from Becici to Brajici in only six to seven minutes. This could take up to 1,350 to 1,540 passengers for about an hour.

President of the local parliament and Democratic leader Krsto Radovic submitted an amendment to the decision on determining the public interest by which they sought to enforce the expropriation and the protective band along the route.

It is required that the Investment Secretariat will order the execution of an Elaborate to determine the protective band that will also be subject to expropriation.

"After consulting with the citizens and looking at the situation on the field, it has been established that the land through which the pipelines, necessary for the operation of the lifts and the land nearby, cannot serve their purpose, and that it also remains in the property of the current owner of property rights which are obliged to pay the fee for the same," says the explanatory statement of the amendment.

Text by Vuk Lajovic, on June 4th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

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