31 January 2019 - Meeting commitments from the Programme of Accession of Montenegro to the EU 2019-2020 leads to the adoption and application of European standards in all areas and improvement of the quality of life of citizens, Deputy Chief Negotiator Dragan Marković told a press conference following the Government's session.
At the session, the Government of Montenegro passed the Programme of Accession of Montenegro to the EU for the period 2019-2020, which represents a two-year plan of legislative, strategic and administrative reform activities of the Government of Montenegro in the field of European integration and fulfiling obligations from the negotiation process.
Ms Marković stated that, by implementing this document, the Government would intensify the reforms aimed at raising the living standards and the quality of life of citizens.
According to the Accession Programme, in the next two-year period, 108 laws and 254 sub-legal acts, 112 strategic documents, as well as the strengthening of administrative capacities in the institutions that carry the reform activities, are planned.
"The most obligations in the legislative section are expected in the chapters: 24 - Justice, freedom and security, and the largest number of sub-legal acts in chapters: 1 - Freedom of movement of goods, Chapter 12 - Food safety, veterinary and photocontrol supervision, 14 - Traffic policy and Chapter 27 - Environment and Climate Change. The majority of strategic documents are planned under Chapter 14 - Transport Policy, Chapter 24 - Justice, Freedom and Security, and Chapter 27 - Environment and Climate Change. The greatest need for strengthening administrative capacity is under Chapter 23 - Justice and Fundamental Rights, Chapter 24 - Justice, Freedom and Security, Chapter 27 - Environment and Climate Change, Chapters 1 - Freedom of Movement of Goods. and Chapter 19 - Social Policy and Employment," Ms Marković explained.
She pointed out that the most significant number of obligations in implementing the Programme of Accession covers sectors of the economy, finance, agriculture and rural development, and transport and maritime affairs.
Given the importance of chapters 23 and 24 for progress in the accession negotiations, the Deputy Chief Negotiator noted that the Programme of Accession defines activities aimed at fulfilling provisional benchmarks in these areas.
She explained that in these chapters, the passing of several important laws had been planned, namely: the Law on Internal Affairs, Law on Media, Law Amending the Law on National Broadcaster RTCG, Law Amending the Law on State Prosecutor's Office, Law Amending the Law on Courts, Law Amending the Law on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters with EU member states.
She said that the quality and efficient implementation of the Program of Accession would ensure the improvement of the results of the negotiation structure, maintaining the excellent dynamics of the accession process and achieving internal readiness to close chapters temporarily.
30 January 2019 - Culture Minister Aleksandar Bogdanović paid a working visit to the Holy See, during which he talked to the Vatican with the Under-secretary for Relations with the States of the Secretariat of the Holy See, Mgr Antoine Camilleri and Director of the Historical Archives of the Holy See, Johan Ickx.
The meeting with the Mgr Antoine Cammilleri discussed the continuation of cooperation in the field of culture between Montenegro and the Holy See.
During the conversation, the interlocutors concluded that the recently organised visits of the State Secretary of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Montenegro and the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović to the Holy See, represent an important step in strengthening the relations of the two countries, and stated that he is convinced that the announced opening of the Nunciature of the Holy See in Montenegro will soon be realised.
Minister Bogdanović emphasised the special importance of activities for issuing the first book from the edition of documents on Montenegro from the Vatican archives, which should be completed this year.
"It is a book that will contain authentic correspondences and negotiations when signing the Concordat in 1886, which represents the basis of historical relations between Montenegro and the Catholic Church, but also testifies to the proud and rich multicultural and multi-confessional history of Montenegro. This will be the first edition of the books that we will be published and which will contain documents that testify to the rich and meaningful relations between Montenegro and the Holy See," Minister Bogdanović said.
During the visit to the Vatican, Minister Bogdanović also had a working meeting with the director of the Historical Archives Johan Ickx, who expressed satisfaction that Montenegro and the Holy See continued the cooperation initiated during the last year's meeting in Rome and confirmed during the stay of mr Ickx in Montenegro last November.
Minister Bogdanović expressed his great satisfaction with the possibility of accessing an impressive archival material of over 1.5 million digitised documents, which is located in the Historical Archives of the Secretariat of the Holy See, and pointed out that the project of collecting archival material will be of great importance for further research and documentation of the history of Montenegro.
The meeting was an opportunity to specify further activities in the realisation of the project of gathering material on Montenegro, available in the Historical Archive of the Holy See, and highlighted the important recent formation of Montenegrin historian teams who will stay in the Vatican and, through the availability of their archives, certainly contribute to the illumination of lesser known fact about the history of Montenegro. The meeting defined the future way of work, the composition of the team of Montenegrin historians and agreed that the presentation of the book that will be published, will be realised in Montenegro and the Vatican.
Minister Bogdanović expressed his satisfaction at the meeting that the cooperation between the Montenegrin institutions and the Historical Archives of the Holy See was supported by the highest state officials of the two countries.
The visit to the Vatican was also an opportunity for a meeting with Giacomo Zucconi, the Secretary General of the Sant’Egidio Community.
Minister Bogdanović emphasised the belief that the previously defined cooperation in the signed Memorandum of Cooperation between Montenegro and the Community Sant’Egidio would be a good basis for the implementation of concrete projects.
In this sense, the readiness of the interlocutors to be announced is to organise an international Youth Conference on Ecumenism at the beginning of next year in Montenegro, jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and the Community of Sant'Egidio. Minister Bogdanović also sent an official invitation to the President of the ZSE, Mr Marc Impagliazzo, to visit Montenegro in the upcoming period, which was accepted with satisfaction.
Meetings, which once again confirmed the quality of relations between Montenegro and the Holy See, represented the continuation of talks held last year at the highest level, and were also attended by the Ambassador of Montenegro to the Holy See Miodrag Vlahović and the director of the National Museum of Montenegro Anastazija Miranović.
Members of the Army of Montenegro (VCG) will be obliged to participate in all legally prescribed activities in the international forces abroad. This is foreseen by the Law on the Use of VCG Units in International Forces and Involvement of Civilian Protection, Police and Personnel in State Administration Authorities in Peace Missions and other activities abroad, to be discussed by the Security and Defense Committee.
The bill stipulates that, besides VCG units, some individual members of VCG may also be referred to the international forces abroad for exercises and training.
"By amending the Act, it is possible for the Major General of the VCG, with the consent of the Minister of Defense, to instruct the military units of lower rank in the Army to go abroad, not only for training, but also for exercise," says the explanatory statement.
It is mandated that joining VCG units for use in international forces abroad to support peace, crisis response and humanitarian operations, encourage the development of democracy, legal security and the protection of human rights, to which Montenegro is obliged to enter into international agreements, is conducted on a voluntary basis.
"And for the activity of the defense in the allied states in terms of the North Atlantic Treaty, the participation of VCG members is obligatory", it is said in the explanatory statement of the law.
Obligation of VCG members to participate in all the activities prescribed by the law in international forces is prescribed. "In this way, it is possible to use in the international forces the complete composition of VCG formation unit, which is declared to be internationally certified and NATO-certified. This ensures that all members of the unit simultaneously carry out the task, since only a complete and compact unit can perform a dedicated task in the international forces," the explanatory statement states.
By the bill of law, it is prescribed that in the international forces, i.e. peace missions and other activities abroad are to be referred prepared, well-trained, healthy and equipped units, i.e. members of the Army, civil protection and employees of the state administration. The right to financial compensation for damage to the body, i.e. in the case of the death of VCG members during the international forces, exercises and training abroad or members of the operational protection and rescue unit, police and employees in state administration authorities. "The right on financial compensation for damage to the organism is decided by the Ministry of Defense, or by the state administration authority whose elders execute the act of the Government of Montenegro on participation in peacekeeping missions and other activities abroad," says the explanatory statement. Launching the procedure and deciding on financial compensation in case of death these organs carry out ex officio. The amount of financial benefits is prescribed by the Government of Montenegro.
Text by MINA News, on January 31st 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Rotary club Kotor will organize a big "Masquerade Humanitarian Ball" to collect money for the procurement of new diagnostic equipment for Tivat Health Center. Rotarians from Tivat, Kotor and Herceg Novi gathered in RC Kotor to set themselves the goal of collecting the money for the purchase of a new colposcopy device for Tivat public health institution, and for this, a thoughtful and imaginative way of collecting the funds has been designed.
In the spirit of the traditional Boka Bay Carnival Festivals held in February, RC Kotor will host the event at the Business center "Vukšič" in Radanovići on February 16th. The last organizational details by the members of RC Kotor, chaired by the captain Rajko Čavor, were agreed at their regular weekly meeting in Tivat last night, and a rich entertaining program and lottery are being arranged.
Ball scheduled for February 16th
The ticket price for the ball with a festive dinner, for which is mandatory for the visitors to wear a mask, can be bought on the spot for 30 euros.
All the funds collected from the tickets sold masks and donations made that evening will be paid to the Tivat Health Center for the procurement of a colposcopy device - a diagnostic appliance used primarily for gynaecological examinations.
Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on January 31st 2019, read more at Vijesti
The concert of the regional star Zdravko Čolić on Friday evening at the plateau in front of Hotel Igalo will open the Jubilee 52. Mimosa festival, as confirmed by the organizers at today's press conference.
We remind that we thought that the expected spectacle, in case of heavy rain, would take place at the Igalo Sports Center, which has been discarded as an option.
"Due to technical and security reasons, it is not feasible to accommodate a large number of people in this facility, and the interest for Čolić's concert is enormous," said the Vice-President Miloš Konjević
During the 50 days of the festival, 60 different programs will take place: from folk festivals to the theater, art, literary and other programs. Director of Herceg Novi Fest, Gordana Porobic Krcunovic, said that Herceg Novi would be "a European festival stage" during that period. Secretary for Social Activities and Sports, Darko Klasić announced the sports program within Mimosa Festival, which will have 15 different events from the Coup of sports fishermen to Race of “karića”.
To the remarks that the program, defined late and still not accurate, overwhelming and without a clear concept, the Festival Director said that they adhere to the original concept from the 70s.
It remains to be seen, for example, how many visitors outside of Herceg Novi will be motivated to visit the Mimosa Festival because of the Days of Norway, Poland, Italy and some other countries or for a theater show.
The representatives of the Directorate have announced that the jubilee celebration of the mimosa is expecting a record number of visitors, after all, that they have done in recent months in promoting this unique winter event. Director of Tourist Organization, Pavle Obradović pointed out that a lot of marketing and advertising of the Mimosa Festival in the region was done. He is confident that the hotels and private accommodations will be fully booked. The excellent promotion, as stated from the Festival's Directorate, also contributed the Mimosa Festival Caravan, which visited 17 cities in five countries. Good acquaintances claim that the effect would surely be better if the Caravan was organized at least a month or two before the beginning of the Festival.
Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 31st 2019, read more at Vijesti
January 31, 2019 - Dr Ivan Ilic, the director of the General Hospital of Kotor, spoke with Radio Kotor about the need to build a new, modern facility in Boka Bay, which would bring together health services now obtained in three hospitals in the territory of the Kotor Municipality. Dr Ilic recently pointed out that this idea was seriously taken into account by the authorities and that the realisation of the mentioned investments is not impossible, reports Radio Kotor.
January 31, 2019 - The Old Captain's House - the Stumberger Museum in Baosici will open its door for visitors for the Mimosa, Fish, and Wine Feast, which attracts the most significant number of visitors of the Herceg Novi Riviera during the Mimosa Festival. On Saturday, 2 February, the museum will be open for visitors from 8.30 am until 3 pm. Entrance is free.
Miroslav Stumberger was born in 1892 in Slovenia. A highly educated man who spoke five languages was a passionate explorer and fighter for preserving the history, culture and ethnographic heritage of Boka Bay and the whole of Yugoslavia.
Stumberger has collected a valuable collection of antiquities that adorned his house in an exquisite ambiance, which he invented at the end of the 50s, later called the Old Captain's House.
He gave the house and legacy to the Baosici Local Community and the city of Herceg Novi. The Stumberger Museum's settings make collections of icons, weapons, technical, naval and other devices, amphorae, old family photos, ethnological objects, geographic and naval charts.
At the end of the last century, this museum was one of the most visited places on the Herceg Novi Riviera.
In the valuable legacy, there were over 700 titles. Stumberger's library contained the British Encyclopedia of 1788, the Famous English Bible of 1548, Napoleon's 1806 Code, Astronomy and the Basics of Geometry from 1604 and many more. The museum of Miroslav Stumberger, "The Old Captain's House," was several times a target of vandals and thieves, repeatedly robbed. Between lots of lost artifacts was a valuable British Encyclopedia.
Miroslav Stumberger was born in Brezice, Slovenia. He completed the Military-Naval Academy in Pula and continued his service as a Naval Officer in the Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
He was the first commandant of the submarine "Nebojša," today exhibited in Porto Montenegro as an integral part of the permanent setting of the Maritime Heritage Collection. As a captain of the battleship and commander of the South Military Sector based in Kumbor, Miroslav Stumberger retired in 1937 at the age of 45.
Stumberger was a well-known and acclaimed antiquity finder and ship modeler. Among the valuable artifacts of his collection, the museum visitors also have the opportunity to see his craftsmanship- models of old sailing ships he created with a lot of knowledge and passion.
Public institution Herceg Novi Museums and Galleries, after decades of decay, renovated and reopened the Old Captain’s House - Stumberger Museum to the public in July 2015.
January 31, 2019 - As an introduction to the 50th Mimosa Festival, the City Gallery Josip Bepo Benkovic will open tthe 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon, one of the longest and most important art manifestations in Montenegro. The official opening is scheduled at 7 pm on Thursday.
The 50th Mimosa Festival Caravan announces the jubilee edition of one of the oldest and most famous tourist-propaganda events in Herceg Novi and Montenegro, which will last from February 1st until March 23rd.
The caravan today introduces the mimosa into two Slovenian fraternized towns - Novo Mesto and Kranj, and tomorrow in Ljubljana, where they will perform at the Tourism Fair and in the city center, the organizers said.
City music orchestra, majorettes, clowns and trombone players performed at the main town square in Novo Mesto, with the support of Mestne godbe Novo Mesto, with whom Herceg Novi City music has excellent cooperation. Music, dance and mimosas invited citizens of Novo Mesto and Slovenia to visit Herceg Novi during the 50 days of the 50th Mimoza Festival, during which Slovenia's Days will be held in Herceg Novi on March 20th.
The parade was preceded by a reception at the Mayor of Novo Mesto Gregor Macedonia, for the delegation from the Herceg Novi Municipality headed by President Stevan Katić. During the reception, the Mayor was given with a plaque of the 50th Mimosa Festival, as a sign of gratitude for the support of the Caravan. Representatives of the two cities have stressed that they are looking forward to the continuation and nurturing of the several decades of fraternized contacts between Herceg Novi and Novo Mesto, as well as new opportunities for cross-border cooperation. The Mayo announced that the Novo Mesto delegation would visit Herceg Novi in March. He thanked them for the opportunity to host the caravan in Novo Mesto saying that Herceg Novi and Mimosa are "always good news".
Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 29th 2019, read more at Vijesti
January 29, 2019 - As soon as it recovered and began to settle down at the bottom of the Boka Bay, a protected endemic species, the largest Mediterranean shellfish Pinna Nobilis, is still in jeopardy.
You may not be aware, but in Montenegro, even the dolphins are called by their names, and recently everyone who wants to can adopt them, as long as they are left in their natural habitat. The adoption costs 20 euros a year, and this money goes to the support fund of the international project of marine mammals.
The first person to adopt is a German from Bar, a renowned environmentalist Michael Bader.
The dolphins in the Montenegrin Maritime zone have been monitored and studied for the third year in a row by the branch of the Turkish Maritime Mammal Species Research Association (DMAD), through which project “Montenegrin Dolphin Research” Bader got the certificate for the adoption of the dolphin King, which he has proudly framed and put up on the wall of his apartment.
A dedicated group of DMAD volunteers from all over the world, located in Bar settlement Ilino, monitors the dolphins from land and sea and, according to the scientific director from this NGO Dr. Ajlin Akajabas, they have already formed a significant database of dolphins, out of which seventeen are identified and named at the coast from Ulcinj to Kotor.
"What we are trying to figure out is what is happening in the marine eco-system of Montenegro, with the focus on the dolphins who are the top predators here, some sort of marine police, nature and sea protectors. By getting to know what's going on with the dolphins, we see what happens to the fish, which areas need to be protected, whether the sea is healthy or not. We get all this information by looking at the dolphins, and yet they are so lovely, and we enjoy being in their company," says Akajabas, who has a PhD in biology of the sea.
According to her, this DMAD project is registered and is now planning to be extended to its second phase. The team includes volunteers from Turkey, England, the Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, Australia, USA, who takes turns, and the core team has had the same composition for more than a year.
"We have an intensive program of work, non-stop, we follow the dolphins from a position on the land three times a week, and we follow them on a boat once a week. We use special optical equipment for viewing, monitoring and photographing them. Each of the dolphins we follow has its name, they are individuals to us," says Akajabas. Young scientists of the dolphins recognize and discern their backbone fins because, as she says, each has special markings. Based on this, they keep records of how many of them are staying in which place.
Boka Bay is, of course, their favorite place. "Now, in our registry there are 17 of them, and we are thrilled when we see them with the cubs, which is very important," says Akabajas. Melissa Basmaka, who is in charge of communication, points out that the adoption of dolphins is a unique model of support for such research, and also a very effective way of raising public awareness that these wonderful creatures live right next to us, in the sea.We saw them just the other day at the entrance of Bar marina. you need to understand how important they are for the sea," Basmak emphasized. Michael Bader is now the only one in Montenegro who has adopted a dolphin, and DMAD activists hopes others will follow his example.
"I am aware of these activists for a long time, because I am happy to participate in all activities related to the preservation of the environment. We went together twice on a boat to follow the dolphins, and when I saw that there was a possibility to support them, I immediately went into action and subscribed to five years. Particularly when I saw that one of them is named the King, there was no other way but to adopt him immediately," Bader said.
Montenegro is beautiful, Aylin and Melissa say, and for them as researchers a "real gold mine".
"Research in these areas was sporadic from time to time, and that is why we make the databases we want to share with Montenegrin governmental state institutions, to fill in obvious gaps in these areas, to use these data for the necessary protection of particular areas and species. What is good for Montenegro is the seriousness with which they approach these aspects in the Agency for the Protection of the Environment, they really want to follow the protocols to protect. Our job is to collect data and to hand them over. But we really need the Montenegrins in the team," Melisa said.
Text by Radomir Petric, on January 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti