09 Oct 2019, 11:37 AM
October 9, 2019 - The Casa del Mare Hotel Group is hosting another gala charity dinner on October 12th at 7 pm at the Casa del Mare Mediterraneo, this time dedicated to the students of the Resource Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Kotor.
Chefs from seven Casa del Mare hotels, restaurants, and the Bocas Beach Club will present their mother-houses through eight plates, or eight dishes, paired with wines from the Plantaže Winery.
Dinner costs 80 euros, and all the money raised that night will be donated to the Student Culinary Education Resource Center.
Resource Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech Disorders in Kotor deals with the education, upbringing, rehabilitation, placement, and vocational training of children with hearing and speech problems. It includes pre-school, primary, and secondary school education for hearing impaired children and currently houses and educates 148 children.
The Resource Center is an innovative educational center that, through state-of-the-art educational programs and projects, introduces its students to the education process, and all that is important for success and progress in life. By age, socioeconomic status, family circumstances, and intellectual capacity, each child is approached uniquely and appropriately.
A few years back, in collaboration with Santa Barbara in the US, the Resource Center has been sending its students to attend the Academy of Culinary Arts in Santa Barbara. After training, many of them work in high-ranked hotels, resorts, and restaurants in Montenegro and beyond. The originator and founder of the Academy, Novljanin, is Goran Milic, owner of Divino Restaurant in Los Angeles, who organizes donor dinners to provide funds for children to travel and stay in California.
"We want to help this action to make the next generation of Academy students as numerous as possible. Therefore, besides the funds raised from the dinner guests, we will also organize an auction, the proceeds of which will also be directed to the Resource Center. Simple, we help children with hearing and speech impairments to acquire skills that will enable them to live independently and efficiently in the future," said the management of Casa del Mare.
They invite all friends, goodwill people to enjoy a gala evening and be part of this charity story. To confirm your arrival, call or text +382 67 090 390.
09 Oct 2019, 10:48 AM
October 9, 2019 - On the occasion of 140 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and our country, the exhibition "Montenegro on the front pages of Italian magazines from 1896 to 1921" was opened at the Parliament of Montenegro on Monday.
At the opening of the exhibition, organized by the Montenegrin Parliament and the Italian Embassy, ​​Parliament Speaker Ivan Brajovic emphasized that Italy has always been a significant European neighbor of our country, and the Italian territory represented a natural Montenegrin window to the world.
Speaking about the contribution of Italian capital to the overall progress and modernization of Montenegro since the establishment of diplomatic relations, President Brajovic mentioned the construction of the Bar-Virpazar-Podgorica-Danilovgrad railway line, the Bar dock, the establishment of the Skadar Lake navigation and the first radio-telegraph station in the Balkans, brought to Montenegro thanks to Guillermo Marconi.
Reminiscing about the Montenegrin princess and the Italian queen Jelena Petrovic Njegos, the president reminded that after the violent abolition of Montenegrin independence, Italy was the last country to break diplomatic relations with our country. Their mutual contacts, numerous ties, and positive memories contributed to overcoming conflicts during World War II.
"Diplomatic relations between the states of Montenegro and Italy were formally restored on June 14, 2006, following the restoration of Montenegro's independence. Based on centuries-old ties between our peoples, mutual respect, and understanding, as well as common Mediterranean heritage and commitment to Euro-Atlantic and European values, Montenegro and Italy continue to foster friendly relations and build partnership cooperation," concluded the President of Montenegro with gratitude to the Italian Embassy.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Montenegro, Luka Zelioli, stated that this exhibition was one of the essential activities that the Italian Embassy included in the program of events to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1879.
"Also, this exhibition is the result of diligent and at the same time, fascinating historical research thanks to the unique collaboration with the National Library of Naples. The front pages, by which the most famous Italian magazines presented Montenegro to Italian readers, today allow us to relive the events of a tumultuous time, as interpreted by Italian journalists of that time, following historical circumstances of the time. After more than a century, the front page, so beautifully painted and with excellent efficiency, summarizes complex events or episodes worth mentioning, undoubtedly represents, tiny pieces of art to be discovered," said the ambassador of Italy.
Ambassador Zelioli also stressed the importance of the Petrovic and Savoy families' ties, Italy's contribution to the development of transport infrastructure and telecommunications in Montenegro, with no less value of cultural heritage on the Littoral.
Emphasizing the current cooperation of Montenegro and Italy in many areas, the Italian ambassador expressed assurance that the exhibition, mainly because of its location, would arouse interest from the Montenegrin public, "which will once again be able to discover how old and strong the relations with Italy are."
"The Assembly is, in fact, a place of democratic sovereignty, a place where we expect to see in action all the deputies elected by the people from both the government majority and the opposition," Ambassador Zelioli concluded.
The exhibition, organized by the Parliament of Montenegro and the Italian Embassy, ​​is open to the public until October 21, working hours until 4 pm.
09 Oct 2019, 10:13 AM
October 9, 2019 - Cooperation between the URA Civic Movement and European Greens has been ongoing for over a year. MEPs have repeatedly called for the protection of Montenegro's natural beauties in the European Parliament, of which the issue of the Tara was particularly problematic. The delegation of European Greens, led by Thomas Weiss, paid a working visit to Montenegro from 26 to 31 August. During that visit, the first steps were taken, and closer cooperation between URA and European Greens was considered.
The Committee of the European Greens was very pleased with Thomas Weiss's report on his working visit to Montenegro. The Greens of Europe have expressed their willingness and interest to work more closely with the URA Civic Movement on a common green agenda, the fight for the environment, and the fight against corruption. The European Greens have made an official invitation to the URA for Green Europe Association membership. The URA also received an invitation to attend the European Greens Congress in Tampere in November this year.
In the coming days, it is expected that the Main Board of the URA Civic Movement and the Presidency of that party will decide for the URA to enter the application process for membership of the Green Europe Association.
URA states that they inherit the same values ​​as the Greens of Europe and that this is not only environmental protection and sustainable development but also protection of human rights, the rule of law, a free society, professional and independent institutions.
The European Greens are a party that is a significant expansion in the European Union (EU). Germany, which is the most influential and most important member of the EU, has seen particularly strong growth. They improved their result from the previous European Parliament (EP) elections by almost 30%. From the last 50 seats, they had previously increased to about 70, but that number will continue to grow after the UK leaves the EU.
According to polls, the Greens in Germany have about 26 percent of support, and they are individually the most influential party with a high chance that they are the next Chancellor. In the recent elections in Austria, the Greens won about 14 percent of the vote and are the biggest surprise and the party with the most significant increase in support.
Greens, unlike some other groups, are pursuing an EU enlargement policy and affirming efforts to make the Balkans part of the European Union.
The European Greens' delegation led by Thomas Weiss paid a working visit to Montenegro from 26 to 31 August at the invitation of the URA Civic Movement. During this period, the delegation visited Ulcinj Salina, Cetinje, Lovcen, Tara, Lake Biograd, Black Lake, Zabljak, Bukovica, and Sinjajevina. During the visit to the natural beauties of Montenegro and ecological foci, the importance of environmental protection was discussed; problems were addressed with the construction of mini-hydro power plants, but the devastation of rivers and mountains. It was concluded that only through joint efforts can we stand up for our natural treasures and that this should be a continuous process for the sake of sustainable development and a better life for all future generations of our country's citizens.
During their visit, the Greens said that the URA, the civilian sector, and civic activists are not alone in the fight to preserve Montenegro's natural beauties. The importance of closer cooperation between civil society, local people, and political parties in the battle for nature conservation was particularly emphasized.
During the Greens' visit, the URA organized two working lunches in Ulcinj and Zabljak, where NGOs and civic activists involved in environmental protection spoke with members of the delegation.
MEP Thomas Weiss said during the visit that he sees the Green URU as "a pro-European party initiated by the fight for human rights and civil society and the fight to tackle environmental problems". Weiss specifically said he was pleasantly surprised by the close cooperation between ERO and the civilian sector.
The URA used the visit of the Greens to introduce them to the natural beauty and tourist potential of Montenegro. Take a look through the lenses of the cameras that capture those most beautiful landscapes and moments.
Particular emphasis was placed on the devastation of the Tara River and the planned construction of a military training ground in Sinjajevina.
Representatives of the Greens stated after visiting the Tara River that the riverbed was devastated by narrowing the riverbed, creating artificial dikes, that in some places there was a change in the river's, so that in one part of it completely changes the flow.
When visiting the Tara River, Thomas Weiss said he "wondered how Montenegro could handle Chapter 27 with this kind of environmental devastation." When visiting Sinjajevina, Weiss noted that the mountain should not be turned into a military training ground, but that it should be used for agricultural development and tourism. He stated that Sinajevina had an incredible landscape and that it is the second-largest pasture in Europe, which is why it must be preserved from devastation.
08 Oct 2019, 20:45 PM
October 8, 2019 - This year's edition of the Sea Dance Festival has brought the Montenegrin economy 9.7 million euros, according to an audience survey conducted annually by the TIM Center during this event.
 "Over 63,000 visitors from 42 countries passed through the gates at Buljarica Beach over three days and nights," the Sea Dance Festival said in a statement.
Visitors to the festival spent an average of 446 euros in Montenegro, while traditionally the highest spending was from Western Europe, an average of 573 euros, as well as guests from overseas countries, which left an average of 594 euros in Montenegrin companies and caterers.
More than two-thirds of the guests, or 67.8 percent, came from abroad. In addition to the countries in the region, most were from Germany, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Austria, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Italy.
The organization has received the highest ratings in the past six years, which has declared this year's edition of the Sea Dance Festival the best.
"The survey also shows that the largest number of foreign tourists, as much as 80 percent, visited Buljarica Beach and Montenegro thanks to the festival, which is dominated by Western European guests with 92.9 percent of whom Sea Dance was the main motive for coming." 
Traditionally, most guests at the festival were from Serbia (32.8 percent) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (12.5 percent).
This year, 79.1 percent of visitors stayed in hotels, hostels, private accommodations that make up paid apartments and rooms, or camps.
"The average age of the Sea Dance Festival audience is 25 years, while highly educated and students make up 74 percent of the visitors," the statement said.
The survey was conducted on a representative sample and surveyed only the visitors who bought the ticket, while participants, workers, representatives of the media, and other institutions were excluded.
This year's sixth edition of the Sea Dance Festival will be remembered for its impressive program, which has hosted over 100 performers in more than six stages and festival zones and the most powerful festival production ever seen in Montenegro.
08 Oct 2019, 20:26 PM
October 8, 2019 - By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, the Balkan Wine Network was officially established in Skopje. A total of 15 associations of wine producers, winegrowers, and sommeliers have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the promotion of local indigenous wine varieties as well as wines produced in the region, intending to make the Balkans the rightful place among other world-known wine regions.
The new network initiator is the association "Wines of Macedonia" together with project partners Wine Q Center of Serbia, Association Salon Žilavka Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Wine Academy from Montenegro. The network is also supported by the other wine associations from the Western Balkans, which are implementing the project "Wine as a bridge to connect the Western Balkan countries."
"Wine as a bridge to connect the Western Balkans" is a project that will connect the countries of the region towards promoting the Balkans as a wine region.
Although the Balkans, as a region, is one of the major wine producers in the world, it is not yet known to the wine and general public. Therefore its cohesion and targeted joint action can benefit all countries in the region. The project is for all participants in the sector in all Balkan countries to exchange knowledge and skills, to learn from each other, to use the knowledge of reputable experts, and to jointly promote the region.
The Wine Association of Macedonia, in partnership with organizations from Belgrade, Trebinje, and Podgorica, has received support from the Western Balkans Fund to create a network in the region that will work in the field of networking and joint promotion of wines from the Balkan countries. Collective actions, creating a unique wine story, and connecting wine routes with the region will contribute to the more significant development of international markets. Also, networking will enable joint action in all segments, starting from vineyards, improving wine production, as well as in the area of ​​legislation.
The conference in Skopje was also attended by the representatives of professional associations from several countries in the region - Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Romania. They have received an official invitation to join the network with which the Balkan Wine Network will cooperate in the future.
One of the main tasks of the Balkan Wine Network is to provide Balkans wines being attractive to the world public, so joint appearance as a regional wine destination has a much better perspective than the presence of each individually.
The establishment and operation of the Balkan Wine Network were financially supported by the Western Balkans Fund, established by the governments of Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Kosovo, as part of their efforts to promote regional cooperation and integration of the countries of the region into the European Union.
"All of us who have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation believe in the set goals and defined activities and look forward to furthering cooperation and cooperation with other Balkan countries that are already members of the European Union," said Danijela Radec, director of the Wine Academy of Montenegro.
08 Oct 2019, 19:43 PM

08 October 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković opened a conference titled Montenegro Creative Forum by noting that the Government will not save money when it comes to culture, that the Government encourages culture and artists in this area in many ways and that the aim is to link culture and economy in further branding of the country and that in that regard the Government expects support from artists.

"Nowadays, Montenegro has encouraging legislation in the field of film, thus showing that we hear and understand the needs of creators. In parallel, we firmly encourage festivals to position our country as a desirable cultural address in this segment. For the first time, at the prestigious festival Art Market in Budapest, we stood as the State behind works of visual artists and related art creators and made them increasingly visible at the European level. The linking between the culture and the economy, as a new approach to art, is supported through the programme "Creative Montenegro", which is used by 11 authors from creative industries. Finally, during its mandate, the Government will, together with its partners, invest over EUR 3 million to support this sector. Furthermore, we have been working on the development and affirmation of creative industries as a new field of cultural and entrepreneurial activity," Prime Minister Duško Marković stated at the opening of the conference, reports his Office.

Montenegro Creative Forum Conference Opened in Podgorica1

The Prime Minister recalled that Montenegro has become, in a short time, the only country in the region to allow the establishment of cultural businesses by directly supporting artists and by recognising the era of information, technology and design of artistic expression.

Prime Minister Duško Marković stated that culture has been recognised for centuries as a soft power of a state, that is, one of the attributes of its strength and dignity, and that in this era culture must be used for the purpose of contemporary strengthening of the state, not only in terms of its identity and tradition, but also development and entrepreneurship.

"Recognising the needs of preserving national and cultural identity, recognising the needs of artists and their audiences, the Government and the Ministry of Culture are committed to creating new cultural policies. They have already yielded the first results and international visibility of Montenegro. Trends in the world, from the traditional notion of culture and cultural policies, have moved to the modern concept of valorisation. In a time of technological advancement, and in a crowded market that offers new opportunities, art becomes much more than the personal expression of the author. That is why our common task is to put rich creative potential in the service of entrepreneurial ideas and put them into practice, that is, create new social values. To make art, as the most prominent culture, actually become an exact product in the market sense of the word, and contribute to the national economy and higher standard of living of our citizens. Over the very first year of dealing with creative culture, Montenegro has decided to develop its art brands in this segment as well, such as big and famous names of classical art: Lubarda, Milunović, Stijovic, Poček, Šobajić, Popović and many others… Therefore, I see this conference not only as a dialogue on paving the future path of the Montenegrin culture, but as the beginning of a process of even stronger support for the creative sector," Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded.

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08 Oct 2019, 14:36 PM
October 8, 2019 - According to Independent MP Nedjeljko Rudovic, Montenegro's accession to the European Union (EU) has virtually been halted, blamed solely by its political and judicial leadership.
"I do not know if it is a balance clause, the fact is that Montenegro's negotiations with the EU have stopped," Rudovic said.
He recalled that since 2012, when it opened negotiations, Montenegro has not been able to close a single chapter formally.
"This, of course, has to do with the new approach and the connection of Chapters 23 and 24 with everything else. But that goes to show that there are no results in a critical area, and that is the rule of law, which is quite clear from every statement made by EU officials, and from every EC progress report on Montenegro," said Rudovic.
Everything happening in the judiciary, and the attitude of the court to the current affairs has a direct repercussion on the future of Montenegro's accession to the Union.
"Essentially, at this moment, that accession has stopped. Formally, probably, no one will say it, but the fact is that we are not going forward," said Rudovic.
He pointed out that it was not the fault of the chief negotiator or, for example, the minister of science.
"The blame lies solely on political top and top judiciary, which, rather than in the service of the state and the rule of law, is clearly in the service of the ruling party," Rudovic said.
He explained that when it comes to the rule of law and the need for Montenegro to have an independent judiciary, it does not refer to the presidents of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and other judicial officials.
"We are talking about the fact that the whole of Montenegro suffers from the fact that they act as servants of the ruling party and do not do their job. Everyone is taken care of, remember the apartment affair, and in what way and who is honored with apartments, some of them several times," said Rudovic.
As he said, Montenegro is suffering damage due to such behavior, and system that radically transforms the state and all its institutions into servants of the ruling party.
Asked how, given everything he said he sees the future of Montenegro's negotiations with the EU, he said that it depends on global trends and on the situation in the Union itself, as well as on the situation on the home ground.
The fact is, Rudovic said that Montenegro could not expect any progress unless it clears up "the situation in its backyard."
"There is no dilemma here. We are not a big country that can be as influential at the EU level as much as we would like, but we can do what is right for us. Why we don't do this, I think is completely clear - because those on whom it depends don't want it," Rudovic concluded.
Speaker of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration and Democratic Front MP Slaven Radunovic said that the EU has stopped the process of integration of Montenegro, and that the balancing clause has been informally activated, but that it is not officially mentioned for political reasons.
08 Oct 2019, 02:45 AM

08 October 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović is the recipient of the title of Honorary Member of the Mihai Eminescu Academy and the Foundation of the same name, which was presented to him by the President of the Academy, Ion Deaconescu, in front of the Executive Board.

Academy President Deaconescu congratulated President Đukanović on this recognition of political and social activism and the active role of the reformer of Montenegro. Delivering him the honorary member of the Academy and its symbol, the work of the famous sculptor Vincenzo Bianchi, Deaconescu said it was a great honour for them that the President accepted their initiative and recognition as a great politician who contributed to the peace, preservation, and affirmation of multiculturalism and multiethnicity. He praised the achievements of Montenegro and recalled the friendship of Montenegro and Romania, “small countries that can give Europe a lot”.

President Đukanović thanked Deaconescu for this important recognition and said that he was extremely privileged and honoured to be in the company of eminent members of this Academy, among whom there are Nobel and Herder Prize winners. Considering the reputation of this Academy, the honour belongs to the citizens of Montenegro, Đukanović said. He pointed to the special importance of preserving universal and traditional values, especially in times when they were put to the test in turbulent and challenging times, not only in Montenegro, but also on the European and global scene.

He agreed that relations between Montenegro and Romania are traditionally friendly, which is supported by the sincere and continuous support of Romania to Montenegro in the integration processes.

The interlocutors also exchanged views on the possibility of continuing the Njegoš-Eminescu poetry festival, which was first held in Podgorica last year.

The explanation of the decision of the Executive Board of the Academy, among other things, states that the title of Honorary Member is awarded to President Đukanović "in honour of his extraordinary engagement as a politician and humanist, in a susceptible period, marked by pain, conflict, poverty ... His Excellency is the promoter of the relationship of friendship and cooperation between Montenegro and Romania, whose centuries-old friendly relations have been strengthened by this support. We are convinced that the award of this academic title to Mr. President of Montenegro will contribute to the fruitful participation of both countries in creating a new humanism that is necessary for all of us," concludes the statement.

08 Oct 2019, 02:23 AM

08 October 2019 - Montenegro and Turkey agreed on improving cooperation in ten areas concerning trade and economic relations and signed an agreement on cooperation between the two ministries in charge of sport and youth. At the Fifth session of the Mixed Commission for Economic Cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and the Government of Turkey, which was co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro Milutin Simović and Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey Mehmet Kasapoglu, it was noted that two countries foster excellent political relations and that both sides see room for further strengthening economic cooperation.

Deputy Prime Minister Simović noted that this conference is another confirmation that intensive economic cooperation is high on the agenda of continuous boosting of bilateral relations between Montenegro and Turkey, which is characterised by a high-quality political dialogue, mutual understanding and respect. "The Mixed Commission, through regular meetings, works hard to fulfil the tasks that are entrusted to the Commission through the Agreement on economic cooperation between the two counties," DPM Simović stated.

Deputy Prime Minister Simović pointed out that Montenegro has become a reliable and attractive investment destination through the creation of a competitive environment for business, with significant potentials in the areas of energy, tourism, agriculture and industry.

Co-chairing from the Turkish side, Minister Kasapoglu emphasised that Turkey sees Montenegro as a sincere and reliable partner, and that bilateral cooperation between the two countries can set an example not only in the region but also further. He estimated that such high-quality relations between Turkey and Montenegro need to be reflected through economic cooperation, stressing that all the opportunities offered by the free trade agreement must be exploited.

"I believe that the Protocol from this session of the Mixed Commission will give additional impetus to economic relations. I will personally monitor all activities related to the implementation of the Protocol and the agreement on cooperation in the field of sports and youth," Minister Kasapoglu said.

Both sides agreed that the next, sixth session of the Mixed Commission should be held in 2020 and hosted by the Government of Turkey.

The Government of Montenegro's delegation also included Minister of Education Damir Šehović and Minister of Health Kenan Hrapović.

Within the framework of the Mixed Commission, a business forum of Montenegrin and Turkish businesspeople took place, sponsored by the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and the Turkish-Montenegrin Business Council at the Committee for International Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Trade of Turkey.

08 Oct 2019, 02:12 AM

08 October 2019 - The legal and institutional framework, which guarantees the independence of the judicial branch of Government in Montenegro, implies a high degree of responsibility for each judicial office holder individually. Citizens' expectation that prosecutors and judges should firmly protect the legal order of Montenegro is justified, and this is the only way to build trust in the judicial and prosecutorial organisation. Unless the responsibility of the judiciary is significantly strengthened, the citizens' concern for the overall success of the reforms will be justified. Therefore, the judiciary is obliged to respond to such challenges in a timely and efficient manner, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Montenegro Zoran Pažin said at a Western Balkans Justice Ministers conference which was recently held in Tirana, Albania.

During the conference, organised by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Albania and the Regional Cooperation Council, the Ministers of Justice, senior officials and experts in the field of the rule of law from the Western Balkans discussed the key challenges in meeting European standards, improving the rule of law and strengthening regional judicial cooperation.

DPM Pažin emphasised that the high degree of independence enjoyed by the judiciary in the Montenegrin government system carries a special responsibility for the impartial and independent performance of each prosecutor and judge individually. Only in this way can confidence in the justice system be built.

He recalled that the implementation of the previous judicial reform strategy, through the adoption of amendments to the Constitution and the improvement of legislation, significantly strengthened the independence of the Montenegrin judiciary. Pažin stressed that continued judicial reform remains Montenegro's priority in the European integration process, which the Government also confirmed by adopting the Strategy for the next three-year period.

"Increasing the efficiency of the judicial system will improve the quality of respect for human rights and the rule of law, while enhancing the accessibility and transparency of judicial institutions in the coming period should result in an adequate degree of citizens' confidence in the judiciary," Deputy Prime Minister Pažin noted.

The second, expert panel dedicated to the design, implementation and monitoring of judicial reform in the Region was addressed by Nikola B. Šaranović, Director General of the Directorate for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Justice. He recalled that in its conclusions on enlargement, stabilisation, and association, the EU Council noted that the institutional framework in Montenegro was complete and that the legal framework was largely established, and that it was crucial for the entire rule of law system to produce tangible and sustainable results.

Šaranović notably presented cooperation on European projects in the process of meeting the provisional benchmarks in Chapters 23 and 24, judicial cooperation with the countries of the Region, as well as the participation of Montenegrin institutions in the work of European judicial networks. He also reminded that Montenegro is the first candidate country to which the new approach in negotiations has been applied and that our country is ready to transfer the first-hand experience to other candidate countries from the Western Balkans.

07 Oct 2019, 21:27 PM
October 7, 2019 - The first TEDx conference in Kotor was held last weekend in the large hall of the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković." The theme of the event was "Reaching for the Stars," and a total of 10 speakers from different fields recounted their experiences and presented their views on various topics.
The first TEDx conference in Kotor was organized by Boris Bajzek, Milos Joksimovic, Jovan Radnic, and, Nevena Korac as the second TEDx event they are hosting.
According to Korac, four of them have the idea that "organizing such events" will revive smaller communities.
"From the very beginning, our goal was to get out of Podgorica to motivate young people to stay in their small communities. Even though small towns do not mean that nothing is happening in them, that is the center of events in Podgorica. We, as a state, are very small and tend to close ourselves as a society. The goal of everything we do is the opposite of that. We think TEDx is an excellent opportunity to send our message to the youth, by bringing people who are from anywhere who carry messages from some of their worlds and their communities," Korac told Radio Kotor.
She added that they also made a big step up in quality from the previous year.
"I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with the progress we have made over the last year. It can be seen in the quality of the speech, the way the audience was connected with all the participants. We are delighted that we have already noticed extremely positive feedback from all those who came to watch this TEDx," Korac emphasized.
Guests at this year's TEDx included, among others, Maja Raicevic, Rainer Hess, Pyotr Prokopovic, Jovan Jovancevic.
In addition to the speakers, they also had two performances, Sasa Mitric, a Kotor guitarist, and Matan Vukcevic, who painted on canvas accompanied by a strong message.
The guest of the event was Marina Orsag, a comedian from Zagreb.
TED, abbreviated as Technology, Entertainment, Design, is the name of the world's most popular conference platform for events, held in 130 countries since 1984. TED spreads messages that may not be political, religious, or commercial.
Speakers, as well as how events are organized, are subject to strict rules, and an essential prerequisite is that the team entrusted with the organizational work receives the necessary international license at least five months before the conference.
Kotor was allowed to organize a TEDx conference at the initiative of the director of the Kotor Tourism Organization, Ana Nives Radovic, who was a speaker at the event last year.
Those interested can read more on the official TEDx Kotor website:
Source: Radio Kotor
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