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12 Oct 2020, 16:15 PM

October 12, 2020 - We can already see specific changes and improvements in the Boka Bay ecosystem due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ana Pešić, a senior research associate at the Kotor Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Montenegro, from the Laboratory for Ichthyology and Marine Fisheries, told Radio Kotor.

"For nature, the coronavirus is a kind of respite—an opportunity to renew partially, to rest from the influence of man. It is already evident that the reduced turbidity of the water in the bay, as a consequence of reduced sea traffic, is benefitting the ecosystem. There has been an increase in water transparency, which positively affects the entire bay and life in it. Because when a large cruise ship sails into our bay, a large amount of mud rises. It disturbs the life of fish, especially pelagic species when navigating in the bay. That was not the case this year, and the effects are already recognizable," explains Pešić.

Due to the drastic reduction in the number of tourists, there is less noise and inflow of wastewater. "Even though sport-recreational fishing at sea is not prohibited, due to reduced tourist demand, fishing in our bay is not the same as in previous years. We are already noticing the positive impact of the epidemiological situation, caused by the coronavirus, and we will see this in the following period as well," Pesic said.

Source: Radio Kotor

11 Oct 2020, 12:48 PM

October 11, 2020 - Breaking the deadline for completing the first section of the highway in Montenegro from Podgorica to Kolasin requires signing a new annex to the contract between the Government of Montenegro and the Chinese company CRBC (China Road and Bridge Corporation), which is the main contractor. According to the previous annex to the contract, the first section from Smokovac to Matesevo was supposed to be completed by the end of September, writes RFE.

The Ministry of Transport did not answer questions put by Radio Free Europe (RFE) as to when a new annex to the contract with the Chinese company CRBC should be signed after another deadline to complete the construction of the first section from Podgorica to Kolasin. The Chinese company also informed RFE that it will not be announced for now.

Is there an exit for the Montenegrin highway?

A vital feature of the Montenegrin Government's arrangement with the Chinese company is the non-transparency of contracts and loan spending, says Dejan Milovac from the MANS research center.

"Chronic non-transparency creates suspicions that we believe that an investment, now worth more than a billion, cannot pass without corruption in Montenegro. All communication between CRBC, Exim Bank (Chinese Credit Bank), and the Ministry of Transport, on the other hand, has been declared a business secret. From MANS's standpoint, it is completely unacceptable that citizens do not know how the largest loan Montenegro has taken in modern history is being spent. "After four years from the beginning of the construction, we find out, for example, that there are additional works, construction of a loop, water and electricity supply, which were not foreseen in the original contract," says Milovac.

The first section of the highway in Montenegro, which should eventually lead from the Adriatic Sea (Bar) to the Serbia (Boljare) border, was supposed to be completed in May 2019. Due to the unmet deadline, an annex to the contract was signed for a new deadline on 30 September 2020. The agreed price was initially 809 million dollars and then increased by another 90 million for the subsequent construction of access roads to Podgorica and communal infrastructure along the highway.

In addition to requests from the non-governmental sector, political parties are also seeking an analysis of previous agreements, critical parts of which have remained secret to the Montenegrin public.

In the meantime, political changes have taken place in Montenegro. If they form a new government, the business with Chinese companies will be taken over by a triple coalition that won a majority to create a new government.

The leader of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro" and the candidate for prime minister, Zdravko Krivokapić, announced control over the contract for the highway construction and the way the Chinese loan would be spent.

A senior official of the Civic Movement URA, Miloš Konatar announced to RFE that the contract for the highway construction will no longer be secret, emphasizing that so far, citizens have paid dearly for all arrangements declared secret by the previous Government.

"Citizens have paid more than 100 million euros in quantitative terms precisely because of the inaccuracy of the contract at the beginning of the construction. Many items from the contract have been declared a state secret and are inaccessible to the public. And we must first carry out a comprehensive analysis, increase the transparency of the project to include all the intelligence we have," says Miloš Konatar, adding that the lack of transparency must change in the coming period:

"Let's see completely clearly how much the citizens of Montenegro will ultimately pay for the section of the highway and how much this project has cost us so far."

One of the biggest unknowns is whether the start of the loan payment to the Chinese Exim Bank will be postponed with the postponement of the completion of the highway's construction, i.e., whether the grace period that expires in 2021 will be extended.

Economic analyst Zarija Pejović says that Montenegro will have to refinance the loan installments, and the new Government will negotiate a possible postponement of the loan payment:

"I think that the new Government will have to negotiate as soon as possible with the representatives of CRBC. I hope that a compromise will be found on that issue."

After completing the first section, Montenegro is waiting for the construction of the second section from Mateševo ​​to Boljari. Dejan Milovac from MANS states that the priority is to build a complete highway:

"The worst thing would be, when it comes to the new government, to suspend the project for any reason and for Montenegro to have only those 41 kilometers of highway, which in no way can justify everything that was invested in that project."

On the section from Smokovac to Mateševo ​​(priority part of the Bar - Boljare highway), almost 93 percent of the works have been completed. At the beginning of August next year, everything could be completed, Jonuz Mujević, Executive Director of Monteput, one of the contractors, told RSE regarding the highway.

Mujevic said that they are now waiting for and answer from the chief engineer, i.e., the supervisory body, to respond to the request of CRBC, the main contractor, regarding the extension of the deadline.

"When we get the view of the chief engineer towards the investor, we will know what steps should be taken. The new annex to the contract on design and construction will be signed after the decision of the supervisory body, which will specify the new deadline for completion of works, considering that the existing deadline has been breached," says Mujevic, adding that the works are progressing at a "specific" pace.

"We are both satisfied and dissatisfied with that dynamic, but it work is being done. "Since the arrival of Chinese workers, the work has intensified, and if it continues like this, we will have a positive outcome," Mujevic points out.

He also states that the pandemic contributed the most to the extension of the deadline for completing the first section of the highway because a large number of Chinese workers, who use their regular vacation around the New Year, could not return to work.

"Therefore, from February to June, we had almost no workers on individual sections of the road (sections three and four). Work re-started in June, and we are satisfied with the current dynamic," says Mujević.

According to him, that section will be completed because the funds have been provided. Asked when the work can be expected to end, he replied:

"My opinion is that it will be at the beginning of August next year."

According to the CRBC, about 1,000 workers are working on the construction of the highway, of which 379 are Chinese citizens, and the rest are domestic workers, employees of subcontractors.

Asked several times whether there is a possibility of Montenegro falling into debt bondage due to the already high public debt, which amounts to 78% of GDP, Montenegrin officials have repeatedly denied this possibility.

Text by Srđan Janković, Radio Free Europe

11 Oct 2020, 12:04 PM
October 11, 2020 - After government changes, there are ever more proposals to decentralize the Public Company Morsko Dobro and return coastal management to coastal municipalities. Recently, such a request was heard from the local government in Herceg Novi. Criticism aimed at Morsko Dobro also arrived from Budva.
 
The public company Morsko Dobro is one of the state-owned companies that rank high on the wish list of political parties taking over power in Montenegro. The company's management position, controlling the valuable area of ​​the Montenegrin coast is desired by many. The public is already bidding on possible candidates' names for the chair of the for-profit government company that Predrag Jelusic, the first man of Budva's DPS, has occupied since 2016, with a monthly salary of 2,852 euros.
 
Morsko Dobro was founded back in 1992, taking control of ​​the Montenegrin coast's valuable area, and has been alternately managed by prominent party cadres of the DPS or SDP. During the rule of the DPS-SDP coalition at the state level, the company was mostly in the hands of a smaller coalition partner whose members found prosperity at the company's headquarters in Budva under very favorable conditions, with high salaries and many other benefits. Party cadres were also appointed to the seven-member Board of Directors of the company.
 
A marine good is a good of general interest that serves public use and enjoys a high level of protection, states one article of the Law on Marine Goods. Simultaneously, the Law on State Property defines it as a good, in general use, available to everyone under the same conditions. However, in practice, it has turned out that some are still more equal than others and that the most beautiful parts of the public good, in various ways, have passed into the hands of privileged and businessmen and foreign investors close to the authorities. While the citizens of Montenegro have been convinced countless times that the accessibility of the sea coast is "for everyone under the same conditions," it is a mere untruth and a legal dead letter.
 
The Montenegrin coast is 300 kilometers long. It covers about 18.50 percent of the state territory, from the mouth of the river Bojana in Ulcinj to Cape Kobila in Herceg Novi. More than a third of the country's gross domestic product is tied to that narrow coastal belt, a real "golden egg" of Montenegro. By exploiting beaches, ports, marinas, waterfronts, parks, pontoons, islands, and promenades, zones for the development of elite tourism, through the installation of temporary facilities, leases, and concessions, the state coffers were filled at the expense of those of municipalities. However, under the coast's current status under the command of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, which brings plans and programs for the use of the coast, there is complete chaos. Coastal management was accompanied by corruption, rigging of tenders for the lease of beaches and facilities to privileged persons close to the DPS or SDP. There were often real small clan wars over the lease of the best beach locations. The past period is also characterized by dramatic devastation of the coastal area, the concreting of the coastline, and illegal construction in more attractive places.
 
11 Oct 2020, 10:04 AM

October 11, 2020 - Counter- COVID-19 measures in force, updated October 8:

GENERAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES - PROTECTIVE MASKS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCE

  1. Wearing protective masks outdoors and indoors is mandatory throughout Montenegro, including for children older than 5 years, except on beaches and in national parks, provided that physical distancing and previously prescribed measures are respected.
  2. Companies and entrepreneurs engaged in retail trade (markets, supermarkets, hypermarkets, shopping centres, etc.), including green markets, as well as state bodies, state administration bodies, administrative bodies, local self-government bodies, public institutions and other entities exercising public authority, banks, post offices and other legal entities, which directly provide services to the public at counters, are obliged to appoint persons who will control whether members of the public or service users are respecting the obligation to wear a protective mask and maintain physical distance when entering these facilities.

MEASURES ON MOVEMENT AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS

  1. In the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane and Nikšić, it is forbidden to leave residential buildings between 22:00 and 05:00 the next day, except for children with autism spectrum disorders and persons using wheelchairs, accompanied by one person, for a maximum of 60 minutes per day, persons who perform regular work tasks permitted by orders, persons employed in foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts, persons who provide services of public interest, which are an indispensable for the living and working conditions of the public (health, inspection bodies, police, armed forces, security services, fire service, utility services, media - including persons who are guests in media shows, agricultural activities on farms, etc.), as evidenced by a certificate issued by the employer, as well as persons caring for persons who, due to illness or injury, are unable to independently carry out daily activities, as evidenced by a certificate issued by the chosen doctor of these persons, as well as persons taking pets for a walk, for a maximum of 60 minutes per day.
  2. In the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Nikšić and Rožajegathering in residential buildings is prohibited for persons who are not members of a joint family household;
  3. The gathering of persons is limited in the entire country to a maximum of 40 persons in outdoor public places, and to 20 persons in closed public places, with the obligation to maintain a physical distance of at least two meters. (This obligation does not apply to residential buildings, except in local areas where gathering in residential buildings is restricted - the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Nikšić and Rožaje.)
  1. Public gatherings for the purposes of political rallies are limited to a maximum of 100 people in open public places, and 50 people in closed public places, with the obligation to respect the physical distance of at least two meters between persons, wear protective masks and sanitise hands with suitable sanitisers;
  1. Gatherings of individuals for public events, other cultural and artistic events and festivals, are limited to a maximum of 100 people in an open public places and up to 50 people in indoor public places, with the obligation of the organizers to provide: compulsory seating, respect of the physical distance of at least two meters between persons who are not members of a joint family household, wearing of protective masks and disinfecting of hands with an appropriate disinfectant, upon arrival at the venue of the event; 
  1. The presence of spectators at sports events is prohibited;
  2. Religious gatherings in open public places except on the property of the religious facilities are prohibited (it is recommended to all religious communities to perform religious rites in religious facilities, without members of the public); 
  3. Receiving condolences is prohibited. Funerals are conducted with immediate family only; and 
  1. Private gatherings (weddings, prom nights, birthdays, etc.) are prohibited. 

 

DOMESTIC TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

  1. Domestic transport (road, rail and maritime) is carried out with the obligation of the carrier to ensure compliance with prevention measures: - Transport of passengers in public transport (bus and van), road transport (intercity, suburban, urban), rail and maritime transportis carried out with the implementation of prevention measures (wearing protective masks, disinfection of hands at the entrance/exit of the vehicle, standing passengers are not allowed in the vehicle/vessel), in accordance with the instructions of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;
  2. Taxi transport: The carrier is obliged to ensure that passengers and the driver wear protective masks. After the passenger(s) exit the vehicle, the driver is obliged to disinfect the surfaces that are most often touched by passengers (handles and internal parts of doors and seats) with disinfectants, in accordance with the instructions of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

 

INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL 

  1. State employees and persons employed in state bodies, state administration bodies, administrative bodies and state employees in local - self government bodies are prohibited from traveling abroad, except in cases where the trip is of state interest with the prior consent of the head of the authority.
  2. Arrangements of all student tours, educational meetings etc. abroad are prohibited. 
  3. Off - line traffic with countries that are not on the green list, is carried out so the group of passengers transported from the departure point to the destination point, is determined in advance. The passing entry/exit of passengers is prohibited.

ENTRY INTO MONTENEGRO - NATIONALS OF MONTENEGRO AND FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN MONTENEGRO 

  1. Entrance to Montenegro is permitted for every citizen of Montenegro and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro

- The aforementioned is without additional restrictionsif he or she meets all three of the following conditions: 1. he or she is a resident of one of the countries on the 'green list' or he or she has stayed in a country from the 'green list' for at least 15 days before entering Montenegro; 2. if in a period from the 15th day before entering Montenegro to the day of entry, he or she did not stay in any of the countries outside the 'green list'; 3. he or she did not travel to any or through any of the countries outside the 'green list' except in transit (transit is travel without delay, as evidenced by the travel document).  

The 'Green list': EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,  Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Georgia, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

With the negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) older not more than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test or with a negative antibody serologic test result of the IgM class older not more than 72 hours if he or she comes from any of the countries on the "amber list" or comes from one of the countries on the "green list", and in the period of 15 days before entering Montenegro, he or she stayed in one of the countries on the "amber list".  

If a citizen of Montenegro or a foreigner with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro has stayed in one of the countries from the ''amber list'' for up to 48 hours, return without the obligation to take a test is provided with the addition of a health supervision measure upon return to Montenegro, which implies free movement, but daily monitoring of symptoms and reporting to the competent doctor until the expiry of the term of the Decision issued by Sanitary inspection upon return.  

'Amber list': Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore and the USA. 

The obligation to take a test does NOT apply to children up to the age of five.

Citizens of Montenegro and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, if they enter Montenegro from one of the countries from the previous two lists of countries, or if in the period from the 15th day before entry to the day of entry, he or she stayed in one of the countries or traveled through any of the countries not on either of the previous two lists, except in transit (transit is travel without delay, as evidenced by insight into the travel document), are upon entering placed in institutional isolation or self-isolation for a period of 14 days. 

Self-isolation means staying in the family household or other facility, with restricted movement, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the decision of the Sanitary Inspection. Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and who do not have symptoms of the disease, who do not require medical treatment but must be supervised by health professionals, based on the decision of the Sanitary Inspection, in accordance with the Protocol of treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

ENTRY INTO MONTENEGRO - FOREIGNERS

  1. Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Montenegro under the following conditions

- Without additional restrictions if he or she meets all three of the following conditions: 1. he or she is a resident of one of the countries from the green list, or he or she stayed in a country from the green list, for at least 15 days before entering Montenegro; 2. if in the period from the 15th day before entering Montenegro to the day of entry, he or she did not stay in any of the countries not included in the green list of countries; 3. he or she did not travel to any of the countries or through any of the countries not included in the green list of countries, except in transit (transit is travel without delay, as evidenced by the travel document). 

The 'green list' includes: EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Georgia, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco,  Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

With the negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) older not more than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class or with the negative antibody serologic test result of the IgM class obtained by ELISA serologic test older not more than 72 hours if he or she comes from any of the countries on the "amber list" or comes from one of the countries on the "green list", and in the period of 15 days before entering Montenegro, he or she stayed in one of the countries on the "amber list".

'Amber list': Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore and the USA. 

The obligation to take a test does NOT apply to children up to the age of five.

It is not possible for residents of countries off the previous two lists to enter Montenegro unless they have proof (stamp in the passport) that they have spent at least the past 15 days until the day of entering Montenegro in one of the countries on the "green list". (EU Member States - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden; Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Brunei, Belarus, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Georgia, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and that they have not visited countries off this list during that period. 

In this case, the person enters Montenegro without additional conditions, regardless of country of residence.

- If they have proof (passport stamp) that they have spent at least 15 days before the day of entering Montenegro in one of the countries on the "amber list" (Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore and the United States).In this case, the person enters Montenegro under the conditions that apply to residents of the "amber list" countries: they must have a negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class or with a negative antibody serologic test result of the IgM class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours.

The obligation to take a test does NOT apply to children up to the age of five.

NOTE: Upon entry, the country of which the person is a resident is observed, not the country of which the person is a national if it is not the same country. For example: A citizen of a country off the list with a regular residence in the country on the list is treated as a citizen of the country on the list because he or she is a resident of that country. 

ENTRY INTO MONTENEGRO - EXCEPTION - CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF PERSONS

  1. In accordance with the recommendation of the European Commission, certain categories of persons necessary for normal functioning of vital services and employees who represent a clear economic interest are excluded from the stated criteria. Special conditions for entry and movement through Montenegro, is prescribed by the Public Health Institute for:

- Health workers, health researchers and scientists; 

- Persons who perform or provide transport of passengers and goods; 

- Diplomats accredited in Montenegro, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in performing their functions;

- Certain categories of passengers in transit; 

- Persons in need of international protection or coming to Montenegro for other humanitarian reasons (the principle of non refoulement is respected). 

ENTRY INTO MONTENEGRO - EXCEPTION - NON-COMMERCIAL AND OCCASIONAL AIR TRAFFIC (SO-CALLED GENERAL AVIATION)  

  1. Foreign citizens coming by non-commercial air traffic are allowed to enter Montenegro, while complying with following temporary measures: 

 - If the aircraft arrives from one of the countries from the 'green list', there will be no additional restrictions on entry

The 'Green list' includes following countries: EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Georgia, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- If the aircraft arrives from another country, passengers and the crew must obtain a negative PCR test test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours, or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class, or with a negative antibody serologic test result of the IgM class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours. 

Health surveillance measures are applied to these passengers after entering Montenegro, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. For the arrival/departure of passengers from the passenger terminal to the accommodation, special transport must be arranged, in line with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute. 

While staying in a hotel or other accommodation, passengers are obliged to apply the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

The obligation to take a test does NOT apply to children up to the age of five.

TRANSIT OF RESIDENTS OF BiH, KOSOVO AND ALBANIA THROUGH  MONTENEGRO 

  1. The transit of residents of neighbouring countries from the 'amber list' through Montenegro between the countries of the amber list is possible without the obligation to take a PCR or ELISA test. 

Transit is assured with verification of the time of entering into Montenegro, passage of checkpoints and exiting Montenegro, without any stay in country. 

BORDER CROSSINGS 

  1. All border crossings for entry into Montenegro are open, except for the following road border crossings: 

Vraćenovići on the road route Nikšić - Bileća, which was closed on 27 February due to the construction of border infrastructure; 

Vuča on the road route Rožaje - Tutin, which was closed on 20 June, in order to suppress the transmission of coronavirus from the Republic of Serbia. 

  1. Entry of passengers from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Montenegro is NOT ALLOWED through the border crossing Šćepan Polje on the road route Plužine - Foča. 

- It is possible from 07:00 to 19:00 through the border crossing Metaljka on the road route Pljevlja - Čajniče.

Passengers are allowed to leave Montenegro without restrictions at these crossings.

INSTITUTIONAL ISOLATION AND SELF-ISOLATION MEASURES

  1. The measure of self-isolation is prescribed as follows:- 14 days for persons who have been or are suspected of being in contact with persons infected with a novel coronavirus or with persons suspected of being infected with the disease.- until recovery, and at least 14 days for persons who have a positive PCR test for novel coronavirus, have mild symptoms or no symptoms of the disease. Measures are prescribed based on the decision of the Sanitary Inspection, in accordance with the Protocol for treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. Self-isolation means staying in family household or other facility, with restricted movement, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the decision of the Sanitary Inspection.
  2. The measure of institutional isolation is prescribed for up to 14 days from the beginning of the symptoms of the disease for persons who have been hospitalized and who have had a significant improvement in their clinical picture, but still do not meet the criteria for recovery, in accordance with the Protocol of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. Exceptionally, a measure of self-isolation may be imposed on these persons, if there are conditions for accommodation in self-isolation.Self-isolation means staying in family household or other facility, with restricted movement, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the decision of the Sanitary Inspection. Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who have been hospitalized, but are in an improved state that does not require medical treatment in hospital, but must be under supervision of health workers, based on the decision of the Sanitary Inspection, in accordance with the Protocol of the Public Health Institute. 
  3. The measure of a 14-day obligatory quarantine or self-isolation is prescribed to citizens and residents of Montenegro who come from one of the countries with which international passenger traffic is not allowed, in accordance with the prescribed epidemiological criteria, based on the decision of the Sanitary Inspection, in accordance with the Protocol for treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

Self-isolation means staying in family household or other facility, with restricted movement, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the decision of the Sanitary Inspection. Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who are hospitalized, but who are in an improved state that does not require medical treatment in hospital, but who must be under the supervision of health workers, based on the decision of the Sanitary Inspection, in accordance with the Protocol of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

VISITING PERSONS IN HOSPITALS 

  1. Visiting persons who are receiving hospital treatment in healthcare institutions and persons accommodated in social and childcare institutions, is prohibited. 

VISITING PERSONS DEPRIVED OF THEIR LIBERTY AND PERSONS SERVING A PRISON SENTENCE 

  1. 28. Visiting detained persons and persons serving a prison sentence in the Administration for Execution of Criminal Sanctions, except for lawyers and court experts by court decision, is prohibited. 

SPORTS AND RECREATION  

  1. Training of athletes (amateur athletes, professional athletes and recreational athletes) and sport competitions and tournaments for athletes in sports facilities (indoor and outdoor sports facilities - fields and swimming pools) are organised without spectators / fans, and owners and users of sports facilities and sports organisations are obliged to ensure the application of temporary measures, as follows:

 - Mandatory disinfection equipment for training, competitions, tournaments and items that are shared by athletes, in accordance with recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;

 - Compliance with personal hygiene measures - regular hand hygiene, before and after completing the sports activity. 

  1. Companies and entrepreneurs who provide services in fitness centres and gyms are obliged to organise work in such a way that only one person per ten square meters may stay in the facility at any one time, and no more than 20 people in total, while respecting a physical distance of at least two meters between users and ensuring compliance with other measures, in accordance with the instructions of the Public Health Institute.
  2. Cyclists are not obliged to wear protective masks during individual rides or joint rides with members of the same family household. Cyclists in groups must wear protective masks.
  3. Users of non - regulated bathing areas are obliged to respect a distance of at least 2 m, except for members of a joint family household.  

HEALTH 

  1. Dental practices are obliged to organise work in such a way as to provide a system of mandatory patient scheduling, to ensure that only one patient can stay in the waiting room (10 square metres) at any one time, while respecting the physical distance of at least 2 m between patients, to provide hand sanitizers to patients when entering/leaving the practice and to ensure that all employees follow work procedures and wear personal protective equipment, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute and the Dental Chamber of Montenegro. 
  2. Other health care institutions are obliged to: 

 - ensure that all patients wear protective masks during their stay in the health institution (provided that the patient's clinical condition allows the wearing of a mask and that the mask does not compromise the patient's respiratory function) and ensure respect for physical distance of at least two meters between patients;

 -  prominently display a notice on temporary measures in place for the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus at the health institution;

 -  provide hand sanitizer to patients at the entrance/exit of the health institution;

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY COUNTER- COVID-19 MEASURES

  1. The work of nightclubs/discos is prohibited. 
  2. The work of catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities), including catering facilities on beaches and bathing areas, is banned in the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Nikšić and Rožaje (excluding the work of catering facilities for hotel guests in which guests are accommodated).
  3. The work of catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities), including catering facilities on beaches and bathing area, is restricted to the period from 06:00 to 22:00 in the Capital City of Podgorica, the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje and in the municipalities of BudvaKotor and Pljevlja
  1. The work of catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities), including catering facilities on beaches and bathing areas is limited from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m in the municipalities of Bar, Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Gusinje, Herceg Novi, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Petnjica, Plav, Plužine, Šavnik, Tivat, Tuzi, Ulcinj and Žabljak;
  2. Companies, other legal entities and entrepreneurs in catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities) are obliged to organise their work as follows:

 

- a maximum of two guests may sit at a table inside catering facilities or four guests on the terrace/in the garden of this facility in the municipalities of Bar, Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Gusinje, Herceg Novi, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Petnjica, Plav, Plužine, Šavnik, Tivat, Tuzi, Ulcinj and Žabljak;

- a maximum of two guests may sit at a table inside catering facilities and on the terrace/in the garden of this facility in the Capital City Podgorica, the Old Royal Capital Cetinje and the municipalities of Budva, Kotor and Pljevlja with a distance between the chairs on which people sit with their backs to each other of at least 1m;
- self - service, waiting and standing in front of the bar is prohibited;
- a distance of at least two meters between tables must be provided, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;
- regular maintenance of hygiene and disinfection of common areas, furniture, equipment, etc. must be provided, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;
- hygienic waste disposal containers in the catering facility (inside the facility and on the terrace/garden) must be labelled.

40. Companies, legal entities and entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry, who are organising entertainment and music programmes are obliged to organise their work as follows:

- singers and musicians - members of the band/orchestra respect each other's physical distance of at least 2m;
- to ensure wearing of protective masks during entertainment and music programme, except for singers and musicians who play wind instruments;
- to provide a physical distance between guests on one side and singers and musicians-members of the band/orchestra on the other of at least 4m, and if this is not possible, guests and singers/musicians must be separated by transparent plexiglass panels at least 2m high; and
- to prohibit guests from dancing.

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Companies, other legal entities or entrepreneurs who carry out construction work and are responsible for the execution of construction works on a facility, i.e. for the execution of certain works, are obliged to:

 - Ensure adherence to epidemiological measures, especially respecting the physical distance between employees and other measures to ensure health protection;

 - To clearly place, on the construction site, a notice on the temporary prevention and control measures against the novel coronavirus;

 - Prohibit all employees who carry out construction work on the construction site, during working hours, from leaving the construction site to procure food, etc; 

 - Provide food delivery to employees performing construction work on the construction site; 

 - Maintain physical distance during the organised transportation of employees from and to the construction site (bus or van).

RECOMMENDATIONS 

  1. It is recommended to all religious communities to perform religious rites in religious facilities, without presence of the public.
  2. State authorities, public administration bodies, local government and local administration authorities, companies, public institutions and other legal persons, entrepreneurs, and individuals who carry out specific activities, to establish which jobs can be performed reliably and efficiently from home. 
  3. They should specify the jobs for which performance is possible from home and specify also the persons performing these tasks who, due to their health and other circumstances, should not be exposed to the risk of illness, alongside the methods of communication with employees performing tasks from home, and ways of maintaining meetings which are related to performing tasks within their competencies and activities (via telephone, online...). 

 

Source: Government of Montenegro

11 Oct 2020, 09:53 AM

October 11, 2020 - Besides illegal landfills and many current ecological issues, Kotor and Tivat will soon have a new problem - the golf courses planned by "Luštica Bay." The chemicals that will be used on the golf courses are absorbed and enter the groundwater. They then enter the public well system, warns Patricija Pobrić, President of the NGO "Our Action," which is a partner in the "YOUth Drive" project.

As part of this project, an analysis of the current situation regarding water pollution was presented at a conference at the Cattaro Hotel, where waste management was also discussed. Pobrić points out that the project implementors analyzed illegal landfills in ​​the three Boka municipalities of Kotor, Tivat, and Herceg Novi. Photos were sent by the public, and volunteers and coordinators went out into the field and mapped them.

- We found 75 such locations. We included them in one single program with dots, to give them GPS locations, so that we could subsequently send a link to all utility companies and then "track" when the location is cleared. We cleaned three spots on the International Coastal Cleaning Day, so we put green dots on the map as we cleaned those three landfills. The Utility Company of Kotor yesterday cleaned the section along the road Kotor-Budva, where there is a lot of illegal dumping. So we "greened" it as well - said Pobrić, expressing the hope that cooperation will be established with utility companies of Bokelian cities for all 75 locations to be cleaned. She also stated that some landfills are close to watercourses and pointed out that water samples will be taken to establish how many landfills affect watercourses.

Professor Radoslav Udovicic, an expert in environmental protection, says that we must preserve the air and climate, natural beauty and architectural heritage, and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

"To deliver on all this, we must adequately take care of the waste situation. This means rational waste management, remediation, elimination of illegal landfills, and recycling of packaging waste. The aim is to make waste management as cheap as possible, to have as few dumps as possible, i.e., one-day incineration. A big problem is construction waste, which is mineral wealth, raw materials, and waste from excavation," said Udovicic.

Project manager Lucija Kvesić said that through the analysis of the situation on the ground in the Herzegovina County, over 200 illegal landfills were detected, which, she says, is devastating.
The project is implemented within the Cross-Border Cooperation Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro, funded by the European Union. The project is implemented by the Association for Environmental Development and Culture Eko ZH, in cooperation with the partner organization of the NGO "Our Action" from Montenegro, based in Kotor. The total value of the project is 280,000 euros, of which the EU is funding 230,000 euros.
Presenting data at a global level, project associate Jozo Kolobarić indicated that of the 7.5 billion people living in the world, 50 percent live in urban areas.

"Humans are affecting climate change, due to which we lose the contours of the seasons, so we go straight to flip-flops from boots, while mental health pills are the best-selling drugs. We now have parts of the world where one cannot live at all. Those are the facts. Changing the main value system is essential for ecology; if there is no ecology of the soul, everything is in vain, he assessed, adding that education on the need for waste separation should start from kindergartens and primary schools. Montenegro has a good infrastructure and fewer illegal landfills than Bosnia," said Kolobaric.

Source: Dan

10 Oct 2020, 14:09 PM
October 10, 2020 - Montenegro saw a record 344 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which means that yesterday's number of patients is higher than the total number of those infected in the first wave of the epidemic, when a total of 324 cases were registered from mid-March to early May.
 
Montenegrin epidemiologists have warned that the number of people infected daily could rise by the end of the week, especially in Podgorica, where COVID-19 centers have seen increasing numbers in recent days. At the same time, convoys of cars waiting for testing stretched for several kilometers.
 
The Institute recorded precisely half the new cases in the Montenegrin capital yesterday. If this trend of increasing numbers continues, it could enter the "red zone," which means introducing restrictive measures such as closing restaurants and a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00.
 
Such epidemiological measures have been in force for two weeks in three cities, Niksic, Berane, and Andrijevica.
 
"Currently, there are 3828 active cases in Montenegro, which is 608 patients per 100 thousand inhabitants," the health authorities announced. Three people have died.
 
"The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection since the beginning of June is 185, and since the beginning of the year 194," it was announced on Friday.
 
Montenegro has paid an advance for vaccines
 
Outgoing Montenegrin Health Minister Kanan Hrapovic announced earlier on Friday that he had signed an agreement and that the state had paid an advance of about 600,000 euros, which would allow the country to receive about 250,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine immediately when it is produced, at a unit price of 8.84 euros.
 
"According to research by the Institute of Public Health and their assessment of the required amount of vaccine doses, Montenegro has expressed a need for 248,800 doses, i.e., an amount that would cover 20 percent of the population, given that two doses per person are recommended," Hrapovic said.
 
He explained that by signing this agreement, Montenegro has joined the COVAX mechanism for vaccines against COVID-19, which the World Health Organization initiated to enable the procurement and fair distribution of vaccines among countries.
 
Hrapovic also announced that the Montenegrin government has launched a procedure to procure Remdesivir, which will treat patients with a more severe clinical picture.
 
"Procurement of this medicine in the coming months will most likely be possible exclusively through the joint procurement mechanism initiated by the European Commission," Hrapovic said.
08 Oct 2020, 23:31 PM
October 8, 2020 - Culinary heritage - from our grannies' notebooks via high-school students and back to our dining tables as a tourist attraction is the shortest way to explain the new project starting in Tivat, dedicated to our cultural heritage, a fundamental segment of sustainable development. 
 
The Municipality of Tivat - Secretariat for Tourism and Entrepreneurship, has been officially approved to implement the project "Enhancing Sustainable Tourism Development through Culinary Heritage - CUHaCHA" within the second call of the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program between Croatia, BiH, and Montenegro.
 
The project implementation period is from August 15, 2020, to August 14, 2022. The project's total budget is 710,946 euros, while the amount intended for the Municipality of Tivat is 173,823 euros.
 
The project was approved under the program priority measure: contribution to tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage. The project's main activity refers to the renovation of school premises and equipping the school canteen at the "Mladost" Secondary School, which will serve students in professional fields for the practical part of teaching. About 100,000 euros in grants have been provided for this purpose. The Municipality of Tivat will also work on support to  and promotion of gastronomic heritage by organizing specialized training and networking opportunities, and promoting new tourist products that will be produced during the project. One of these products will be "gastronomic heritage trails" and work with a chef of traditional recipes.
 
"The central theme of this project is traditional food, which for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years has played a significant role in the tradition and folklore of the countries in the program area, representing a fundamental part of their cultural heritage. It is essential to preserve our indigenous products and dishes from oblivion brought about by the modern age. Local cuisine and local products are precisely those that can encourage innovation and improve development at the regional and global levels. Above all, it can further enhance what we can offer to tourists," said Petar Vujovic, Head of the Secretariat.
08 Oct 2020, 23:10 PM

October 8, 2020 - After consultations with the new parliamentary majority representatives, the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, sent a proposal to the Parliament of Montenegro for Zdravko Krivokapić to take on the task of forming the Government.

"Today, October 8, 2020, I held consultations on the prime minister-designate with the members of the coalition list: For the Future of Montenegro - Zdravko Krivokapic, Peace is Our Nation - Aleks Becic and Black on White - Dritan Abazovic. The outcome of these consultations was to propose Zdravko Krivokapić as the prime minister-designate, who will prepare a program and propose its composition within the deadline set by Montenegro's Constitution. The final decision will be taken before the 27th convocation of the Parliament of Montenegro at one of the upcoming meetings of the regular autumn session," reads the explanation made by Đukanović.

After consultations with Djukanovic, Krivokapic said that today was another day of victory for democracy. The leader of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro" and the prime minister-designate for the new Government, Zdravko Krivokapic, wrote on Twitter:

"Aleksa Becic has just informed me that the President of Montenegro's proposal for the mandate-holder to propose the composition of the new Government has been submitted to the President of the Parliament. I am happy to inform you that I will prepare a program and propose the composition of the new Government of Montenegro, on which the 27th convocation of the Parliament of Montenegro will decide, "Krivokapić wrote.

"We will send the proposal for the new Government to the Assembly very soon. We have another obligation, and that is to look at the system of the entire administration and agree on the composition of the Government by November 8," Krivokapic said.

He sent an invitation to the Albanian list "Genci Nimanbegu - Nik Djelosaj" to participate in forming the new Government, Head of the list Nik Djelosaj confirmed to "Vijesti."

"At this moment, I feel a great pleasure in addressing you on behalf of the coalition" For the Future of Montenegro. " I confirm the readiness, expressed in the agreement on cooperation with the coalitions "Peace is our nation" and "Black on White," to cooperate with minority parties. In the hope of achieving our future collaboration, I would be grateful if you would suggest a date for our meeting," Krivokapic's invitation reads

Genci sees Nimanbeg's invitation as an opportunity to present his political views to the Prime Minister, supported by a very heterogeneous group of coalitions.

He congratulated Krivokapic on his mandate and said that he would acquaint him with his view of Montenegro's political situation, including the challenges that the future Government must address to improve democracy with particular reference to the rights of Albanians in Montenegro.

Today, after consultations with the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, Krivokapić said that he would send all national minority parties an invitation.

The nomination of the prime minister-designate has shown that the transition of power is going smoothly, despite the unjustified doubts of a proportion of the domestic and international public about possible obstructions, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic announced later today during talks with the head of the EU Delegation in Podgorica, Oana Cristina Popa.

07 Oct 2020, 20:05 PM

October 7, 2020 - Education is only one way in which our lives have changed since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak. In these uncertain times many of us, parents and educators alike, are wondering what the consequences will be for our children - both in terms of what, and how, they are learning. In a first installment on the topic, lifelong educator, teacher trainer and language school owner Sue Dixon gives us some reassurance that all is "not lost"!

 

During these past COVID months there has been a great deal of debate about whether our children have suffered from ‘lost learning.

Online learning hasn’t suited everyone, especially primary aged children and many parents tell me how difficult it is to motivate children to learn at home. Many teachers haven’t enjoyed it much either!

So, what if children haven’t learnt how to do long multiplication or how to use adverbial phrases this year? Is that a serious loss of learning – I mean really?  Given the circumstances around the world I don’t think so. With the right mindset, and positive teaching environment these are things that children can catch up. The first priority is to  build confidence, re-establish routines and instil good dispositions and habits for learning.

I have recently embarked on a new education adventure (I have had many adventures it is true to say) in Kotor; Thinking Child Tuition Centre.

I am excited and privileged to have created this opportunity to teach individuals and small groups, to be able to develop those necessary thinking skills for learning in a focused and personalised way. I am confident that children’s learning will not be ‘lost’ for long.

I wish all teachers, families and children the very best learning experiences in the coming weeks and months.

 

Thinking Child Tuition

www.thinkingchild.org

07 Oct 2020, 17:10 PM
October 7, 2020 - Tivat was proclaimed one of the winners of the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards of 2020 at today's ceremony, held as part of the Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD20). The awards were held for the sixth time in a row. Applications for the prize were open to all countries of the world.
 
In June this year, the Tourism Organization of Tivat, in cooperation with the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro- Morsko Dobro, applied for the Sustainable Top 100 Destinations for 2020.
There were more than 150 applicants in the competition.
 
As it is known, Montenegro and its municipalities, including Tivat, are still far from being perfect in the real sense of sustainability and its deeper aspects. Having that in mind, this is an excellent recognition of the efforts to be "Safe, Smart, Sustainable" and very encouraging towards further sustainable development of Tivat and Montenegro. 
 
"This is confirmation that with the convincing Good Practice Story- the successful change in management of Tivatska Solila (Tivat Saltpan), that has been transformed into a Special Nature Reserve and a Ramsar site, and the reporting in the first 15 sustainability criteria by the Tourism Organization and the Municipality of Tivat- we have demonstrated many good initiatives realized in this city, both by the public and private sector," states Danica Banjevic, the local tourism organization's director.
 
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Tivat Salina, Source: FB
 
International experts of Green Destinations have assessed these efforts as significant for obtaining this prestigious recognition.
 
In cooperation with the public, private and civil sectors, the Tourism Organization of Tivat continues its work in this field, stated the local TO director. At the end of October, a second two-day educational workshop is planned to define concrete next steps: Tivat intends to begin 2021 with the demanding 3-level certification process "Award and Certification Program" of Green Destinations. 
 
"This means that we have to put a lot of effort into development, monitoring, and reporting - according to a total of 100 criteria. Tivat will gain information on the development level regarding destination sustainability, as well as guidelines for further improvements by international advisors and auditors, selected by Green Destinations," Banjevic continues.
 
"On this occasion, the Tourism Organization would like to thank all its associates. First of all, participants of the first workshop held in June in Tivat, the Public Enterprise "Morsko Dobro", as one of the key applicants in this nomination, as well as colleagues from the Secretariat for Investments, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, the Secretariat for Communal Affairs and Transport, the Secretariat for Tourism and Entrepreneurship, the Secretariat for Culture and Social Affairs, companies DOO "Komunalno" Tivat, Brand New Tivat, Protection and Rescue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, UNDP, the strategic partners Porto Montenegro and Luštica Bay, as well as the NGO Expeditio that assisted in the application process and helped us become winners of this prestigious award." Danica Banjevic expresses her gratitude for the excellent cooperation with all stakeholders and partners.
 
Links:
2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations with their Good Practice Stories and a film: https://greendestinations.org/sustainabletop100/
Global Green Destination Days 2020 – worldwide online conference (all presentations are recorded and shared): https://greendestinations.org/events/ggdd20-home/
 
05 Oct 2020, 16:12 PM

October 5, 2020 - Instead of announcing the forthcoming European Laser Under-21 Championship, which was to be held from October 24-31 in Trašte Bay's waters, YC Delfin announced today that, due to the complicated epidemiological situation in Montenegro and throughout Europe, the competition is postponed until next year. The decision was made in communication with its organizational partner - Luštica Development, and the European sailing Federation for the Laser class- EURILCA, concluding that it is the smartest and safest decision for all concerned.

The championship was initially planned for June but was postponed until the end of October due to the first wave of the epidemic. The club's management has been trying for months to secure the consent from the Government of Montenegro, i.e. the National Coordination Body to hold the competition. Interestingly, and significantly, the Government gave its permission on Friday, October 2. After, EURILCA, Delfin and Luštica Development jointly concluded that holding the competition in current conditions represents a significant health and organizational risk. Previously, 185 competitors and their technical staff from 37 countries had announced their arrival at the championship in Tivat, exceeding the recommendations of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases. It is important to emphasize that several other European competitions organized by EURILCA have been previously canceled, the last of them being the Laser Radial class championship in Hyeres, France.

YC Delfin has won support with excellent results at the international level and cooperation with the European Sailing Federation. That leaves the door open for Tivat and the country as a whole. The club's management expects that the General Assembly of EURILCA, scheduled for November 28 and 29, will decide upon Tivat as host for the European Laser Class Championship 2021.

"This leaves local and national sports institutions time to try to understand how big and important the event is for Montenegro, and to show greater interest and readiness to help in the organization." First of all, in financial terms. Neither the Municipality of Tivat, nor the Ministry of Sports, nor the Olympic Federation of Montenegro has planned any championship funds. Delfin regularly informed them about the plans, starting from December last year," reads the announcement by YC Delfin.

At the aforementioned General Annual Assembly of EURILCA, Delfin will also compete to host the regatta of the European Senior Championship in the Laser class for 2023. 

Sailing is not only a sport; it is also a way of life and a potent form of special interest tourism. According to the analyzes carried out by the city of Split, the sailing championship gathering around 200 participants and provides the destination with a direct income of more than 500 thousand euros. So, sailing is also a major opportunity for development; if we have the wisdom to use it, this is why we are appealing to the authorities to inform themselves and take responsibility so that we do not miss the chance to present our country and its potential in the best way possible.

YC Delfin has formed a multidisciplinary professional team, which remains united with the mission to use the postponement of the European Championship in Tivat to permanently put Tivat and Montenegro on the map of quality sailing destinations in 2021, in cooperation with its partner - the company Lustica Development.

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