DRAFT LIST PUBLISHED
Officials in Brussels in discussions on which countries to be allowed entry EU
June 26, 2020 - Montenegrin citizens will be able to travel to European Union countries from July 1st, Euronews reports.
The portal states that officials in Brussels are discussing which countries will be allowed entry on that date.
It is understood that there are two lists - the list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter, and those for whom the EU borders will remain closed.
Euronews reports that the draft list has already sparked controversy as sources revealed that the borders will remain closed to U.S. citizens, where more than 2.4 million coronavirus cases have been reported.
With regard to the countries of the region, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania are also on the list of countries from which entry into the EU will be allowed on July 1st.
June 26, 2020 - The EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference, at which the chapter is to be officially opened, will be held on Tuesday, June 30, at ambassadorial level.
The permanent ambassadors of the European Union member states in Brussels confirmed the decision to open Chapter 8 - Competition with Montenegro, TVCG’s correspondent in Brussels has learned.
The EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference, at which the chapter is to be officially opened, will be held on Tuesday, June 30, at ambassadorial level, reports RTCG.
Earlier, representatives of the 27 member states in the EU Enlargement Council Working Group (COELA) spoke positively on Tuesday about opening the last negotiation chapter with Montenegro.
The decision to open negotiation chapter 8 with Montenegro was made during the last week of Croatia's presidency of the EU Council, which Germany will assume on July 1st.
Chapter 8 - Competition, is one of the most demanding negotiation chapters that always opens and closes among the last, according to the official website of the Office for European Integration of Montenegro.
Montenegro's potential as a location also presented at the Film Festival
The "Otter" project directed by Srđan Vuletić and screenwriter Stefan Bošković will be showcased at the "Co-Production Speed Meeting Session"
June 25, 2020 - At this year's Cannes Film Festival, the Montenegro Film Centre will, for the fourth time, present contemporary Montenegrin cinematography within the virtual pavilion, which is part of the online version of the film market "Marché du Film", offered in a different format due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Montenegrin project "Otter" (working title: "Valley of Monuments"), from director Srđan Vuletić and screenwriter Stefan Bošković, and produced by Artikulacija Film from Podgorica, will be presented at the "Co-Production Speed Meeting Session", which will be held for the first time within an online edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Young director Sara Stijović will be presenting her project "Djina" about Djordjina ‘Djina’ Markuš, with concept and screenplay by Nataša Nelević, and produced by Branimir Žugić and the company "LIVE production", which was selected for the programme "La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français" within the Film Festival in Cannes. The feature-length documentary "Djina" is the first Montenegrin and the only European project selected this year for La Fabrique Cinéma.
"The virtual environment, running from June 22 to 26, brings together more than 8,500 participants, with 250 stands and 60 pavilions. In order to support the film industry globally, as well as its professionals, the online version of the ‘Marché du Film’ will offer more than 1,200 online screenings for participants, as well as the opportunity to purchase rights to more than 2,300 feature films. More than 150 virtual panel discussions, talks and round tables, concerts and presentations are planned.
At online meetings with film professionals and representatives of institutions from all over the world, the Montenegrin virtual stand offers accredited visitors access to an overview of film projects from the country, which are in various stages of production. Capacities and possibilities of interest to foreign co-producers, production companies and other interested parties will be promoted," the Film Centre highlights. Montenegro has been present at the Cannes Film Market since 2011.
Location potential also presented
This year, for the purposes of promotion, the Montenegro Film Centre enabled accredited market participants to download the electronic version of two catalogues: "Montenegro - Film Destination", which shows the potential for filming in Montenegro, and "Montenegrin Cinema 2020", which presents current film projects at different stages of production.
During the festival, the Montenegrin Media Desk (Creative Europe) will also be active, with representatives participating in panel discussions and online meetings.
Supreme State Prosecutor Initiates Proceedings Only Under Political Instruction
“Katnić is now recommended urgently as a candidate for the new term of office of the party prosecutor,” states MANS.
June 25, 2020 - Reacting to recent events, the Network for Affirmation of the Non-Governmental Sector (MANS) stated that "it is clear to every citizen that the current Prime Minister and the Director of the Police Directorate, as well as the Special Prosecutor, are mere executors of the arbitrariness of one man, and that Montenegro has turned into an open dictatorship of Milo Đukanović.
The latest events in Budva represent the flagrant, brutal violence of the party police against the citizens of Montenegro. The latest footage, which shows police officers kicking and beating people who are already helpless and restrained, is appalling evidence of the brutal political abuse of captive institutions," the MANS statement reads.
Duško Marković’s statement that "what is happening now is not because the state is weak, but because it is patient and wants to meet reason with reason, and yet if we are not met with this reason, the state will find a solution in 15 minutes," they called a threat, and direct confirmation that the regime is willing to use all means to preserve its power.
"The Special Prosecutor’s Office which keeps all MANS’ criminal charges against the top regime officials in a drawer and initiates proceedings only under political instruction, has become involved in the political showdown. Selective justice is the worst kind of justice, and MANS will continue to report any violation of the law, without political calculations, because no one should be untouchable. Katnić is now recommended urgently as a candidate for the new term of office of the party prosecutor,” states MANS.
They add that “repression is always a sign that dictatorial regimes are losing power, and the more they stifle civil freedoms and trample on laws, the more certain changes are. That has happened everywhere, and it is going to happen in Montenegro as well.”