19 Dec 2019, 11:30 AM
December 19, 2019 - As part of a study visit to Montenegrin fishers, their Italian colleagues yesterday visited the Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro in Kotor to get acquainted with the activities of the Institute in the field of fisheries, as well as the activities implemented within the ADRINET project by this scientific institution.
Hosted by Italian fishermen, who have been in Montenegro since Monday, December 16, until today, the Municipality of Herceg Novi, one of six project partners whose implementation under the IPA Interreg Cooperation Program of Italy, Albania, and Montenegro, started in March 2018 and will last until March 2020.
At the Institute of Marine Biology, a scientific team led by ichthyologist Dr. Alexander Joksimovic greeted guests from Italy and presented to them the activities of the Institute and the projects implemented for sustainable fisheries management.
"We are always glad to have our dear friends from the Adriatic countries. This time we hosted colleagues from Italy, I am particularly pleased that they are fishermen. It seems to me that they have the best understanding of the issue of fishing and the pursuit of that activity in the Adriatic. We explained the situation in Montenegro, the connection between our fishermen and the administration, as well as our Institute. It seems to me that we are a good example in this regard because very often we meet with fishers, share experiences, and make our fisheries sector better organized in the future. Of course, there are our obligations to the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean and the European Union in the negotiation process. Therefore, large and rich activities are ahead of us to make Montenegro a relevant companion in this story. In all these activities, our fishermen are the focus - to create better conditions for them, so that future young fishermen can be included in this story with the message that in Montenegro, as a tourist country, there is a future in connecting tourism and fishing," emphasized Dr. Joksimović. 
In addition to fishers from the Bussola Association of Lecce-Vincenzo Bruno, Salvatore Maggli, and Cristiano Rizzato and Grazio de Paolis of the Cooperazione Pescatori of Castro, representatives of the municipality of Castro, the partner city of the ADRINET project - Francesco Pacella and Claudio Longo, also visited Montenegro. The Italians were interested in how the Montenegrin fishermen were organized. They were shocked to hear that there are only 200 professional fishermen in Montenegro and that they operate through as many as four associations. Dr. Joksimovic explained that the position of Montenegro is particular, both due to the small number of employees in the industry, and because our coast is only 293 kilometers long, and that at a short distance from the shore the Adriatic is deepening. All of the mentioned places heavy demands on fishers and when it comes to the fishing fleet and fishing gear. So, the Fisheries Directorate is committed to protecting the interests of Montenegrin fishers in the context of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.  
Vincenzo Bruno comes from a family that has been engaged in fisheries for three generations as a core business. Since 2000, as a fisherman, Vincenzo has also been involved in tourism - taking interested guests to fish and afterward ensuring that they enjoy lunch on the boat. He is very pleased with the placement of this offer and the income it generates. It suggests that linking fishers with the tourism industry could also be of mutual benefit in Montenegrin times.
What surprised the guests from Italy was the low consumption of marine fish in Montenegro. In this regard, they have suggested promotional and educational campaigns to make the population aware of the importance of fish and seafood intake, to nourish the nutritionally much richer meat foods that are still prevalent in our diet. The Montenegrin hosts explained to them that one of the main reasons was the low paying power of the population and the high price of fish, which was again the result of insufficient fishing and unfair competition.
Fishers and experts point out that connecting and exchanging experiences at the level of the Adriatic countries is crucial both for the development of fisheries as an industry and for the protection of marine biodiversity, especially in terms of overfishing. Because, as pointed out by a guest from Italy - Vincenzo Bruno, we must also think about what our grandchildren will hunt.
The purpose of the ADRINET project - Adriatic Network for the Marine Ecosystem - is to approach the problem of coastal zone management in the most comprehensive way possible, with an emphasis on sharing good fishing practice. The ADRINET project's activities are focused on local communities and fishers to integrate them into marine biodiversity protection. Therefore the exchange of knowledge and experience among fishermen is crucial for defining standard methods of coastal fisheries management in the three Adriatic countries.
One of the innovations within the ADRINET project is the acquisition of GPS equipment for marking fishing gears to reduce ghost fishing, ie, unnecessary loss of the fish stock. Also, with the support of local communities and scientific institutions from partner countries, fishers are provided to be trained in the use of innovative, environmentally friendly methods in fisheries, while respecting general policies and conservation measures that should be defined through this project.
After a visit to Montenegro, the Italians today traveled to Albania, where they will be guests of project partners and fishermen in Vlora until Saturday, December 21.
The Montenegrin delegation, led by experts from the Institute of Marine Biology, is scheduled to visit the Italian Castro in the Puglia region in February next year.
18 Dec 2019, 10:43 AM

For the seventh consecutive time, the project “From Christmas to Christmas” begins with the traditional New Year concert of the Kotor City Music orchestra.

"Under the baton of Dario Krivokapic, with the guests at the concert, the klapa "Incanto" and choir CC "Nikola Djurkovic" introduces all the citizens and guests of the town of Kotor to another magical New Year's.

The traditional concert will be held on Monday, December 23, 7.30 pm at the Cultural Center “Nikola Djurkovic”, according to NVU Karampana.

Kotor City Music this year marked a 177-year anniversary with a series of concerts.

Text by Boka News, on December 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News

17 Dec 2019, 12:55 PM
December 17, 2019 - One of the most important artistic events in Montenegro - the Herceg Novi Fine Arts Scene, is experiencing its 21st edition this year, which will open tonight, Tuesday, December 17th at 7 pm at the Josip Bepo Benković Gallery. The Herceg Novi art scene is traditionally a cross-section of the work of active artists who live and create or are otherwise related to Herceg Novi. Organizers say the response of the artists is exceptionally high this year.
It is well known that Herceg Novi was called the city of painters and writers in the 1970s, and these epithets are justified today. From 1948 to 1966, it housed one of the most famous and successful art schools in the former Yugoslavia. Its founder, Petar Lubarda, was an internationally renowned painter who spent part of his life in Herceg Novi. Professors, and later students of that art school, became the most famous and successful painting and sculpture names of the former Yugoslavia and present-day Montenegro. Therefore, it is not surprising that Herceg Novi, which was the inspiration for the most significant creators, has a half-century tradition of hosting the "Winter Art Salon," but also numerous exhibitions, including the Herceg Novi Fine Arts scene. The shows are traditionally held during the winter and give a new dimension to the tourist offer of the city.
The "Herceg Novi Fine Arts Scene" since 1996 represents authors who create or are related to Herceg Novi by their painting opus. Even today, the emphasis is on the entirely personal creative relationship of artists who live and work in Herceg Novi and the Mediterranean environment on which their artistic poetics rely. Of particular importance to the Herceg Novi Fine Arts Scene are young artists who bring new visual experiences and new creative messages in a time that is not particularly fond of art.
In the 21st Herceg Novi Fine Art Scene, 54 authors - painters, sculptors, and graphic artists - will display their works. "According to the established practice, the exhibition will feature works by renowned artists from Herceg Novi as well as amateurs, all connected by a common love for the visual arts," said a statement by the City Gallery "Josip Bepo Benković."
The exhibition will be opened by the curator of the gallery, art historian Jasmina Zitnik, and the show will be on display until the Herceg Novi Winter Salon, which will be organized in early February 2020.
16 Dec 2019, 10:57 AM

Meteorologists are announcing moderate to strong south winds for the coming days, so the highest temperature will be around 18 degrees. Rain will be local and intermittent by Thursday, and heavy at the end of the week.

So, we expect at least seven days of “juzina” (typical warmer weather in Boka bay before the period of rain), that is, above-average for this part of the year.


Variable to mostly cloudy and light showers are possible in some places in the south and central regions.

In the north, in the morning or in the afternoon, in the valleys fog. Wind moderate to moderate south and south-east. Morning air temperature -3 to 10, highest daily 7 to 17 degrees.


Changeable to mostly cloudy and mostly dry. In the north, in the morning or in the afternoon, in the valleys fog. Wind occasionally moderate to high, south and southeast.

Morning air temperature 3 to 12, highest daily 8 to 18 degrees.

Text by Boka News, on December 16th, 2019, read more at Boka News

16 Dec 2019, 07:35 AM

December 16, 2019 - People released of Montenegrin citizenship mostly acquire citizenship of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told CdM.


238 Montenegrins renounced their citizenship

From the beginning of the year to the end of Oct., 238 individuals renounced their Montenegrin citizenship. From 2006, 2,784 Montenegrins have been released from their citizenship – the majority of them got it in 2018.

Tax for renouncing the citizenship amounts to 300 euro

A citizen of MNE has to pay an administrative tax for renouncing Montenegrin citizenship amounting to 300 euro, and only one tax is paid if the decision on the release from citizenship refers to acquiring, termination or determination of citizenship for family members – a spouse and unemployed children.

Renouncing MNE citizenship costs even more if the request is submitted via diplomatic and consular networks.

Text by CDM, read more here

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15 Dec 2019, 09:13 AM

December 15, 2019 - During the meeting with the Montenegrin PM Duško Marković, Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis confirmed his arrival to Montenegro next year.

Pope’s Francis visit to our country will have historical significance, the Govt of Montenegro announced.

“Head of the Catholic Church praised Montenegro’s policies referring to ecumenism, culture, ecology and humanization in all areas of social relations,” the government tweeted.

Mr Marković went to Vatican City State upon the invitation of Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The Prime Minister’s visit to the Vatican aims to further boost the existing extraordinary political relations and continue with the dialogue at the highest possible level.

Text by CDM, read more here.

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14 Dec 2019, 12:47 PM
December 14, 2019 - At the Regent's Second Charity Ball, held last night at the officially best hotel in Montenegro, a sum of €20,520 was raised, which will be donated to the Day Care Center for Children with Special Needs in Tivat, to fully equip the sensory room and physical therapy room.
Kai Dieckmann, general manager of the hotel in a statement to the guests, said:
"Tonight's Ball and Best of the Best Awards Ceremony expresses our gratitude to our partners and the community we belong to and are honored to call home. When it comes to size and population, Tivat is certainly a small town, but the set of the diversity of microclimates, traditions and landscapes found in such a small place is also impressive. He has very quickly erased attributes such as the "smallest" and "youngest" cities in the Gulf of Boka Kotorska, and we are proud to contribute to and promote it as it is - a unique but also idyllic cultural, tourist and sailing center. We are honored to dedicate this Bal to the sensibilities of his people, in recognition of their sense of community and fundamental values. "
The event was supported by Petit Geneve Petrovic's largest single donation as a platinum sponsor and Universal Capital Bank as a bronze sponsor while valuable donations came from Adriatic Marinas - Porto Montenegro, MonteFish, Milovic Winery, Happy Garden Florist Free Jack, Print All, Zoran Radonjic Photography and Radio Television of Montenegro is a major media partner.
Attendees were also given valuable raffles as part of which they were able to purchase prizes for prizes in the form of accommodation at some of Europe's most prestigious hotels such as Regent Berlin and Kempinski Venice. Five-star experiences from the region were donated by Esplanade Zagreb, Monte Mulini, Hotel Adriatic Rovinj, Grand Park Rovinj, Intercontinental Ljubljana, Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Hilton Dubrovnik, One & Only PortoNovi, Plaza Tirana, Hotel Regent and Porto Montenegro. All funds raised through the sale of raffles are included in the total donation amount.
"I thank you for such a wonderful evening that brought us together for a noble cause. I am honored that you selected the Day Center for Children with Special Needs in Tivat for this year's edition of the ball. Day Care Center is a very important project that will provide quality services, care and work with children with disabilities, and the money raised will be used to improve the overall service and care through the complete equipping of the Day Care Center's sensory room and physical therapy space. ” said Natasa Lutovac, president of the day center's board of directors.
The evening was enhanced by the guitar duo Nikcevic & Bulatovic and the band "The Grupa" together with the dance show of 'Dancing with the Stars' from Croatia.
As part of the "Best of the Best" annual ceremony, the management of Hotel Regent awarded the best partners during 2019, with Adriatic Marinas as the best regional corporate partner, "Roche" as the category of the best international corporate partner of congress tourism. The US Embassy was selected as the best partner in the segment of governmental, non-governmental and diplomatic missions, and Talas M was selected as the best MICE partner and the Calvados agency as the holiday tourism partner. In the print media category, The Collection magazine was recognized, while MyGuide was recognized as the best electronic medium for the past year.
13 Dec 2019, 13:00 PM
December 13, 2019 - The Intergovernmental Committee on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO recognized the importance of the Boka Navy and opened the possibility for its inclusion on the Representative List of Intangible Heritage in the coming period, the Ministry of Culture reported.
The committee has been in Bogota in recent days, and the Montenegrin delegation, invited to provide further clarification on the nomination of the Boka Navy, was led by Culture Minister Aleksandar Bogdanovic.
The President of the Evaluation Body, Bak Sangmee, pointed out that the Bokelj Navy brings together a series of activities, practices, and rituals related to transporting the relics of Saint Trypun to Kotor in 809, in which seafarers played a significant role. According to her, based on the information in the dossier, the nomination fully meets criterion R5 for inclusion in Representative List.
Bak Sangmee said that the Evaluation Body confirms that the Boka Navy was included in the Register of Cultural Property of Montenegro in 2013 by the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property, which is the responsible body for keeping the register. "However, the Evaluation Body considers that further clarification of the R1-R4 criteriums is needed to clarify the nature of the element itself," she said.
In the opinion of the Evaluation Body, many activities, practices, and rituals are mentioned in the Nomination File. Still, there is no more detailed information on their nature, social functions, and cultural significance. The dossier focuses on visibility and awareness of the importance of the element itself, highlighting the values ​​of the Boka Navy and its connection to local identity. The evaluating body has assessed that the proposed measures lack protection measures aimed at the possible risks of tourism impact.
The dossier, as he points out, does not provide precise information on the mechanisms and methodology of working with the Boka Navy and the wider local community. "For this reason, the Evaluation Body proposes to adopt a Decision to supplement the nomination of the Boka Navy," the opinion of that body states.
Minister Bogdanovic said that Montenegro highly appreciates UNESCO's views on the nomination of the Boka Navy. He emphasized that Montenegro's cultural policy is based on UNESCO conventions and other standards. "For us, therefore, intangible heritage lists are not a platform for competition, and local communities are not objects, but subjects in intensive cooperation," Bogdanovic said.
He added that Montenegro would carefully follow the recommendations of the Evaluation Body and improve the dossier so that we can submit it again in the next nomination cycle.
Representatives of the Montenegrin delegation informed the UNESCO Committee that during the first nomination process, the whole procedure was conducted transparently and that more than 300 local community approvals were collected.
"Another challenge was the fact that the Boka Navy is a complex element of the intangible heritage, so it is difficult to reduce the tradition of 12 centuries to a simple form, such as the UNESCO file," the Ministry said.
13 Dec 2019, 11:04 AM

The Tourism Organization of Budva Municipality, in cooperation with the Budva Caterers Association, is organizing this year's “Christmas Market” event in the square in front of the Old Town.

The Christmas and New Year holidays are a time of joy, cheerfulness and a variety of entertainment programs for children and adults, and this year, from December 25th, all visitors will find a rich cultural and entertaining program, which will feature klapa ”Harmonija”.

Budva City Music, Mićo Vujović, Toć, Perper, local DJs, and a rich program for the children has also been prepared.

Just a few steps from the sea, in Trg Slikara (Square of Painters), all skating lovers can enjoy the holiday magic, where there will be an ice surface, or an ice rink, next to which there will be a music program, with the inevitable rustic wooden houses that offer traditional Budva delicacies.

The free skating rink will be in operation from January 4 to January 26, 2020.

Text by Boka News, on December 13th, 2019, read more at Boka News

13 Dec 2019, 10:14 AM

As part of the project "Let’s Empower Agriculture - Revive the Village", implemented by the Olive Society "Boka", one of the promotional activities is the exhibition of local products in Tivat.

“Usually for our association, these exhibitions represent both the product and the manufacturer, and most of all, the Mediterranean coastal mentality.

At the promotion of local products on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will be able to see and taste local products at the Pine waterfront in Tivat: olives, olive oil, cheese, meat products, honey, wine…” as announced by MD Boka.


„Bokeška maslina“

The project "Let’s Empower Agriculture - Revive the Village" is implemented by the Olive Society, "Boka" in the territory of Tivat Municipality in partnership with NGO "Nada" from Herceg Novi within the ReLOaD program. The implementation of the project, whose budget is 16,520 euros, will take eight months.

Text by Boka News, on December 12th, 2019, read more at Boka News

12 Dec 2019, 12:54 PM
December 12, 2019 - The sixth Regent Christmas Bazaar will be held on two weekends in December (14th and 15th | 21st and 22nd December) from noon to 4 pm under the arcades of the Murano Restaurant.
"Regent Porto Montenegro begins with a celebration of the Christmas Bazaar, which is already a tradition of our hotel. During the two weekends, the bazaar will be an event where visitors will enjoy delicacies and a rich offer of unique handicrafts.
At the special booth of our hotel, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique gastronomic offer. In addition to our mulled wine, which delighted many who previously had a chance to visit the bazaar, the stand will feature a variety of cakes, pizzas, hot chocolate, coffee, and teas of many and unusual aromas and flavors. Handmade Santa Claus and Chocolate Snow White can be a lovely gift to loved ones.
The first day of the Christmas Bazaar will be marked by the live music of the band "Kyra," so besides the gastronomy, we have an excellent music program at the beginning of the festive season," said Željko Knezović, Food and Beverage Manager at Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro.
The stands of this year's Christmas Bazaar will feature organic produce of various types.  The Duljevo Monastery will present their products. There will be a plentiful supply of virgin olive oil by Olcinium Oil. Multiple interpretations of jams, candied fruits, and juices produced by Milina Kovacevic and Sanja Knezevic, holiday treats in the form of biscuits and gingerbread cookies by Suzana Fodor Jovanovic will round the gastro offer. Handicrafts by Melita Ciko and Funda Sen; unique souvenirs made by Natasa Minic, Jelena Krvavac and Tatiana Argal; Olga Fedotova's handmade jewelry and clay by Đurđo Milatović; home decor art by Olivera Miskovic, natural cosmetics, and soaps by Dragan Beljić and the Igalo Day Center- there will be plenty of unique products to present Montenegro also to foreign guests coming to Tivat Riviera for winter holidays.
The Christmas Bazaar is an ideal opportunity to socialize to celebrate the holidays, Regent said, pointing out that everyone who wants it here can find a unique and exciting gift for their loved ones.
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