September 1, 2020 - International railway traffic on the route Bar - Topčider (Belgrade) - Bar, which was suspended due to the closure of the border with Serbia due to coronavirus, will re-start on Thursday, 3rd September, 2020, Railway Transport of Montenegro announced.
"Initially, only the night train will run, departing from Bar at 19:00, from Podgorica at 20:05 and from Bijelo Polje at 22:43, arriving in Topčider at 06:12. Departure from Topčider is at 21:10. Depending on the interest and demand, a daily train will be launched soon," the announcement by the Railway Transport of Montenegro states.
They add that in accordance with the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro and international railway institutions, international railway passengers should adhere to the following measures:
"The wearing of protective masks is compulsory when buying a train ticket, entering the train and during the trip, except when passengers are alone in the cabin, and for children under the age of five.
Thermal screening is mandatory upon entering the train. In case of symptoms and signs of infection, boarding the train is forbidden, and self-isolation and testing is mandatory, along with compulsory following of guidelines in line with test results.
Health problems or any symptoms of illness occurring during the trip must be reported to the conductor or driver.
Physical distance must be maintained when buying tickets, when on platforms and on the train.
Passengers coming from abroad are required to have a valid negative PCR test for coronavirus or a positive ELISA test not older than 72 hours, in line with NKT procedures," Railway Transport of Montenegro states.
They ask passengers to buy tickets in advance, whenever possible.
"We recommend passengers arrive at the station half an hour before departure in order to reduce crowds when buying a ticket. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, 1st September. We ask passengers to adhere to all recommended measures," Railway Transport of Montenegro reports.
August 27, 2020 - NGO Naša Akcija from Kotor and the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) from Turkey, also with a branch in Radovići, signed a cooperation agreement on Wednesday in Kotor. The contract was signed on behalf of the NGO by its Executive Director Patricia Pobrić, and on behalf of DMAD by Dr. Aylin Akkaya.
The main aim of the cooperation is to connect young people with the association and its long-term research work in Montenegro through education and field work with scientists. This will be offered at various levels; firstly to students of biology and ecology, and then to high school and elementary school pupils. During the activities, young people will also have the opportunity to meet students in the same professions from other countries who both live and carry out research work in our country.
The cooperation also aims to support the implementation of the project "Youth for a Clean Adriatic", which Naša Akcija has been working on since May 2019, and which is supported by Beyond Plastic Med and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. By joining forces, the project aims to ensure a comprehensive approach to education on the problem of plastic and other marine waste pollution, as well as the impact of the pollution on wildlife.
August 24, 2020 - In Berane, so-called "green islands" have been set up in eight different locations; these are the first eco-points for selective waste collection of this type in Montenegro, stated project manager Maja Pešić, who announced that soon, as part of the project, the city will boast 42 new containers.
The "Green Islands" project is a cross-border cooperation project funded by the European Union, and implemented by the Municipality of Berane as leading applicant, working in cooperation with partners Caritas, VIS and the municipality of Malësi e Madhe, the local government reports.
"The goal of the project is to improve the state of the environment, by promoting better waste management in Berane. Waste management problems are highly visible in less developed countries such as Montenegro. While on the path towards the EU, we are achieving our goal of improving the environment through projects, media campaigns, and learning from best practices," said Maja Pešić, project manager and assistant within the Secretariat for Projects and Investments of the Municipality of Berane. She explained that municipal waste collection and management is a very specialized activity that depends on many factors, a variety of different actors (competent institutions, the public) and the adoption and implementation of strategies and laws.
“The "Green Islands" project envisages the setting up of eco-points at eight locations in Berane as one of its activities. In a way, green islands are a novelty not only for our city, but also for the whole of Montenegro. The design and conceptual plan of the green islands was prepared by a company that deals with architecture and construction. After that, the locations were determined in line with the detailed urban plan of the municipality and then a solution for the creation of the island itself was provided. The green islands consist of a closed frame that contains four types of containers and a hot waste bin. In addition, their locations have been chosen and the landscaping carried out by a professional company, working with a horticultural engineer and his team to deliver and implement the project on the ground," said Pešić, adding:
"I would like to mention that separate to this project, work is being carried out on a recycling yard and sorting plant project in Rudeš, and this will be used by our municipality (the contract has already been signed with the contractor and supervisory team). With this system of green islands as well as the two-bin system (dry and wet waste) which again through this project was implemented in 1000 households, to which we distributed two thousand bins, we will "close the circle" of waste management in our city. In addition to green islands and the two-bin household waste system, the project envisages the installation of 42 two-colour containers in Berane during the month of September, for the public to dispose of two types of waste separately (wet and dry)," said the head of the project implementation team.
“The project began in April 2018, and the project is planned and contracted for completion at the end of October this year. Before then we still have to complete several activities, but also to present a lot of what has already been implemented,” concluded Marija Pešić.