01 Oct 2019, 11:48 AM

About nine million euros have been allocated for educational infrastructure in Bijelo Polje.

The Minister of Education Damir Sehovic announced this at the opening of the sports gym at the elementary school "Marko Miljanov", for which about 230,000 euros were invested.

"The Ministry of Education has identified as one of its priorities the renewal of school sports infrastructure and the promotion of school sport, and investments in these projects are of multi-million value. More specifically, at least 15 school sports halls across Montenegro have been completed or planned to be completed or reconstructed," Sehovic said.

He stated that the project was implemented according to the co-financing model of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Sport and Youth and the Municipality of Bijelo Polje in the total amount of EUR 164,000.

"In addition, the Ministry of Education has invested another 60,000 euros for the installation of a heating system in the sport gym, facades and grounds around the hall that has been flooding for many years, as well as the cost of project design and supervision, he said.

Sehovic pointed out that a new school building of the elementary school "Dusan Korac", worth around 5.5m euros, is being built in Bijelo Polje.

He also announced the construction of a € 1.5 million kindergarten through a new project with the Council of Europe Development Bank.

Also, the construction of the Elementary School “Pavle Zizic” in Bijelo Polje, with an estimated value of one million euros, was entered into the Capital Budget and activities were underway to develop documentation," Sehovic said.

Sehovic announced that the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the US Embassy, will also invest hundreds of thousands of euros in the extensive reconstruction of the Elementary School “Aleksa Beco Djilas”, and work is expected to begin in the coming months.


Sports gym in Bijelo Polje(Photo: Jadranka Ćetković)

Minister of Sports Nikola Janovic said that "in this way, the Government of Montenegro provides adequate conditions for training".

“I commend the Talent Fund for which the competition is underway, which is a good opportunity to reward the best young athletes.

Adaptation of the gymnasium hall of the elementary school "Marko Miljanov" entailed works on the roof and insulation of the building, installation of a modern floor for various sports, changing rooms arrangement, painting works, as well as equipping the facility with sports equipment.

The Mayor Petar Smolovic announced new projects in Bijelo Polje: "I would like to remind you that 104 projects are currently being implemented in Bijelo Polje, 16 of them are capital, and 88 are local, or slightly smaller, but very significant for the development of the municipality."

He emphasized the importance of the reconstruction of the sports gym: "I feel special emotions for this largest city school with over 800 students, and I expect many more projects like this in the coming period," said Smolovic.

Text by Jadranka Cetkovic, on September 30th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

01 Oct 2019, 08:04 AM

October 1, 2019 - Over the next ten years, over 500 million euros will be invested in the further development of the Porto Montenegro resort in Tivat. It was announced by representatives of Adriatic Marinas to specialized journalists on Friday at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo.

There, Porto Montenegro presented its offer, as well as development plans for the next few years. In a meeting with journalists in Monaco, Porto Montenegro PR Manager Danilo Kalezic said that a new State Location Study for the area of the Porto Montenegro Nautical and Tourist Center has just been adopted. It enables its further development according to a slightly innovative concept.
"So far, we have only built on 30% of the 24 hectares of land covered by the former Tivat military shipyard Arsenal. To date, we have invested around EUR 500 million, and we believe that in the next ten years we will invest at least as much to build new facilities and develop only half of the remaining land of the former Arsenal," Kalezic said.
Adriatic Marinas CEO David Margason stressed that the company's goal is to "fill in the remaining missing mosaic pieces" to make Montenegro one of the most famous hubs for super and mega yachts in the world.
"Many marina projects in the world are aimed at developing these marinas as so-called home ports for mega and superyachts. When you have in mind the conditions we have in Montenegro in terms of favorable tax solutions, flexible regulations governing the cruise and yacht charter, low cost of living and beautiful natural environment, it's hard to find anywhere else in the world a better place with natural features to develop into a hub for mega and superyachts," said Margason.
The leaders of Porto Montenegro in Monaco told the specialized media that their ambitious development plans were in line with the results achieved by Porto Montenegro in the coming season, during which the occupancy of Tivat marina was 11.5% higher than in the same period last year.
"All berths for ships shorter than 30 meters were filled, and the overall occupancy of the marina was 10.5% better than in the winter months this year. We expect to surpass last year's results in terms of occupancy of berths intended for large yachts over 30 meters long. Our offer for these boats will soon be supplemented by the start of the new yacht service center, which we are developing in Bijela in partnership with Damen from the Netherlands," said Kalezic.
Kalezic told the media in Monaco that Porto Montenegro has hosted several prestigious world-class sports and lifestyle events this season. Beside one of the races of this year's RC44 regatta sailing championships, Porto organized the Gigajachts International Forum, the launch of catamarans built by Sunreef Yachts, as and the first-ever polo tournament in Montenegro.
"With the new residential office buildings we opened - the final Baia wing of the Regent Hotel and the Elena building, the new Arena multifunctional space and the Blue Room gaming center, Porto Montenegro has transformed from summer seasonal to a year-round destination. Also, it is becoming a regional lifestyle and multidimensional business center." Kalezic added that the next new soon-to-open new business center in Porto would be " Ambulance Club "because it would be opened in the reconstructed facility of the former Tivat Arsenal garrison in near Knightsbridge International School.
30 Sep 2019, 23:56 PM

30 September 2019 - Montenegro’s successful cooperation with the Council of Europe is particularly important in terms of expert support in the field of Montenegrin media legislation reform, said Montenegrin Minister of Culture, Aleksandar Bogdanović at a meeting with Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe Patrick Penninckx. On this occasion, Minister Bogdanović informed Penninckx about activities in drafting new legal solutions.

Mr. Penninckx stressed that the cooperation with the Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Culture on the reform of media legislation has been extremely productive so far. Furthermore, he expressed the belief that the new legal solutions will further enhance media activity in Montenegro.

The two officials highlighted the importance of free and independent media as a basis for the stability of a democratic society, adding that the aforementioned area should be continuously improved, both through systemic solutions and consistent implementation of rights and obligations by all actors of society.

Minister Bogdanović and Mr. Penninckx spoke about the upcoming start of the second phase of the 2019-2022 JUFREX Horizontal Facility Programme for the Western Balkans and Turkey, with the aim of normative and institutional protection and promotion of freedom of expression and implementation of high standards of the European legal framework as an important precondition and principle of sustainable democracy.

30 Sep 2019, 22:05 PM

At a ceremony held in the atrium of the Buća-Luković medieval residence in Tivat, the Director of Tivat Tourist Organisation (TO) Gabrijela Glavočić signed an agreement to deliver three projects to promote cultural heritage in the area.

It is a legal obligation for the Organisation to ring-fence ten percent of the total income from residence tax and invest it in projects that affirm, restore or protect local cultural heritage. The Organisation announced the competition for funding at the start of this year. A committee, consisting of Dragan Laković of the Tivat Cultural Centre, and Jelena Bošković from Public Institution “Museum and Gallery”, as well as Ms Glavočić, gave the maximum number of points to all three projects entered into the competition, and decided to provide financing of a total of nearly 16,000 euros.

A field research and publication project on the remains of the ancient Roman water supply system in Bačva, near Tivat Prevlaka, nominated by Public Institution “Museum and Gallery” received 5,262 euros. In contrast, the project entitled “Cultural Promotion and Presentation of the Saint Vitus and Pasiglav Locality”, to be implemented by NGO “Works, not Words”, received 3,902 euros.

The largest sum, a total of 6,500 euros, has been earmarked for the implementation of the project "Promotion of Tivat Memorial Monuments as Tourist Attractions" with an emphasis on monuments to people and events of the National Liberation War. The project was nominated by NGO "Montemisija". "This is the first allocation of funds that we are carrying out for projects that promote and protect local cultural heritage. Not only is this our legal obligation, but also our sincere desire to contribute in this way to the development of cultural tourism in Tivat.

According to UNESCO, cultural tourism is the fastest-growing segment of the entire tourism industry worldwide, with a current market share of 15% of global tourism traffic,” stated Glavočić, adding that the delivery of the selected projects would begin as soon as Tuesday. She also said that Tivat TO would announce another similar competition before the end of the year for financing activities related to protection, research and presentation of Tivat’s cultural and historical heritage, from funds gathered from residence tax in 2017.

30 Sep 2019, 21:31 PM

30 September 2019 - As it has been already announced, fuel prices in Montenegro will be higher starting from tomorrow. One liter of Eurosuper and Eurodiesel will be 5 cents more expensive, whereas one liter of fuel oil will be by 4 cents more expensive.

Current affairs in Saudi Arabia have spilled over to international markets, impacting the prices of oil derivatives in Montenegro, representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro stated on this occasion.

In the next 15 days, Eurosuper BMB 98 will cost 1,38 EUR, liter of Eurosuper BMB 95 will be 1,34 EUR and Eurodiesel will cost 1,26 EUR, reported Cafe del Montenegro.

Price of one liter of fuel oil will be 1,23 EUR.

"The next calculation will be on 14 October," said the representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro.

Read more news about lifestyle in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.

30 Sep 2019, 21:27 PM

30 September 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović finished his visit to New York, where he participated in the General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Guterres expressed satisfaction with the meeting with President Đukanović, because, as he said, Montenegro is a member with no problems. He characterized relations between Montenegro and the UN as excellent, and cooperation in all areas appropriate. The United Nations especially appreciates the initiatives taken towards a peaceful resolution of problems in the region, in which Montenegro is the voice of common sense.

In the context of reaching the full stability of the region, Guterres stressed the importance of creating an environment in which things will move positively, assessing that one of the causes is still unresolved issues, with some delay in Brussels regarding enlargement. He expressed the expectation that the future composition of the European Commission would show greater enthusiasm for the enlargement to the Western Balkans, reported the President's Office.

President Đukanović thanked Secretary-General Guterres for taking the time to meet on a rich agenda during the session and reaffirmed Montenegro's strong partnership and commitment to UN values ​​and multilateralism. He recalled the dynamic agenda of meeting with UN officials and, in the context of continued political dialogue, invited Guterres to visit Montenegro for the 15th anniversary of UN membership in 2021. At the same time, that visit would be a good message for the region as well, Đukanović said.

The President pointed out the key priorities of Montenegro's further development - continuation of European integration and preservation of dynamic economic development, with the assessment that the UN's impetus to accelerate the integration of the Region would be further significant given the strong conviction that WB problems cannot be resolved outside the European Union and Euro-Atlantic structures.

He reaffirmed Montenegro's strong support for UN initiatives and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as reform processes within the system, with continued cooperation with the UN Resident Coordinator in Montenegro.

Read more news about politics in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.

30 Sep 2019, 21:22 PM

30 September 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović met with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore in New York, where he attends the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

President Đukanović expressed his gratitude for the continued support of UNICEF Montenegro in the implementation of numerous joint projects that resulted in the implementation of legal reforms in the field of child protection, prevention of domestic violence, juvenile justice, and education, and inclusive education.

He pointed to the quality of partnerships which enabled constructive dealing with very sensitive issues and led to significant changes in society in the field of social policy and child protection, and promotion of children's rights and raising awareness of the need for their protection, changes in social behavior and environment, especially in the areas health, education and equal rights. On this line, he expressed his belief that successful cooperation will continue in the future through the implementation of the Cooperation Program for Montenegro for the period 2017-2021, which aims to build on the results achieved so far in the field of child protection and social inclusion and quality education, reported his Office.

The President emphasized that the protection of the rights of children and young people is high on the agenda of the priorities of Montenegro and stressed the importance of adopting the Strategy for the realization of the rights of the child for the period 2019-2023 as a key document in this area. He stressed his readiness to be, as formerly, promoter of the campaigns conducted by the UNICEF office in Montenegro and announced support for the forthcoming campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccination.

Director Fore said that she was honored and delighted with Montenegro's good experience with UNICEF.

"You carry the urge to do something and help the children in Montenegro," pointed out Fore.

She welcomed President Đukanović's willingness to participate in the immunization campaign, with the desire to encourage other countries in the region to take action in the fight against negative campaigning on this topic through his leadership. She emphasized future projects as an early childhood education and skills development for adolescents that will enable them to have a happier and more productive life, which is accepted with pleasure.

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30 Sep 2019, 11:34 AM
September 30, 2019 - The Austrian Christian Phann and his crew aboard the sailing ship Vento Cadela are the winners of the 7th Thousand Islands Race. The first stage of the regatta was already the slowest among the seven issues of the competition. According to the forecast, the second promised to be even slower, which happened at the end.
The second leg departed from Porto Montenegro on Thursday, September 26, under 2-3 knots, just enough to slowly pull the fleet out of the Bay of Kotor in the hope that the wind will intensify around Dubrovnik. Along the whole route, the ships did not exceed the speed of 6-7 knots, and the entire stage passed in competing in patience and in the skill to find wind under challenging conditions. The Austrian Vento Cadela, the Slovenian Macropus and the Slovakian Lucia X were alternately leading, no further than one nautical mile along the whole route.
The thrill of the Thousand Islands Race is the variety of courses crews can choose from over a thousand Adriatic islands. Macropus' choice to pass south of the island of Molat initially gave him significant leadership, while Lucia X and Vento Cadela passed from the north. However, after a short while, Macropus broke into the calm, and Lucia X and Vento Cadela overtook him. From there, all three ships fought for every gust of wind until reaching their destination in Rijeka.
Eventually, all three entered the port of Rijeka together with a light southern breeze. Lucia X first crossed the finish line after more than 77 hours of racing, just 47 seconds ahead of Macropus. Vento Cadela followed after 4 minutes and 20 seconds, which was enough to win the second stage of the regatta in the corrected time.
Thus, Vento Cadela is the winner of each stage and the overall winner of the 7th edition of the Thousand Islands Race. Macropus, who had been second and twice third in previous editions of the regatta, added another place to his trophies. Last year's winner of the Lucia X Regatta finished third.
Since the wind was fragile throughout the whole second stage, the Montenegrin crew aboard Sofia realized they would not be able to cross the finish line until the extended time limit on Monday, September 30 at 4 am. So, they have decided to end their sailing to Rijeka by a motor drive.
Despite the demanding conditions of this year's regatta or just because of them, crews did not hide their pleasure and excitement and announced that they would return next year to the 8th Thousand Islands Race, which will be held from September 17 to September 27, 2020.
30 Sep 2019, 11:32 AM

Last week, the Public Company for the Management of the Marine Property of Montenegro (Morsko dobro) issued a Public Invitation for the Development of the Preliminary Design and the Main Design for the Construction of the Walking Path directly along the main road Tivat - Lepetane, which is 2.3 km long.

The route will be projected from the south (lower) side of the highway by the sea, north of the church Saint Roko, that is, from the beginning of the settlement Opatovo to the settlement Lepetane (extension for access to the ferries). The project assignment is to extend the terrain in some parts from 1,5-2m by constructing or restoring the retaining walls, on supporting columns in the sea or cantilever, without disturbing the existing coastline.

The works should cover the paving of the path with common materials for sidewalks and promenades (precast concrete elements, stone slabs or the like), public lighting in LED technology, atmospheric drains and adequate infrastructural equipment of the promenade (park benches, wastebaskets, protective fence, info boards and the like).



It will be the obligation of the designer to make a geodetic and bathymetric survey of the existing terrain and underwater conditions, which will be an integral part of the project, before proceeding to the development of the Conceptual Design and the Main Design.

The public invitation runs until November 4, 2019, and the Public Company for the Management of the Marine Property has foreseen an amount of € 30,000.00 for the design work.

Text by Boka News, on September 30th, 2019, read more at Boka News

30 Sep 2019, 11:30 AM

For Slavica Kovacevic from Mojkovac, the Bijelo Polje bazaar is a great opportunity to show her handicrafts made of wood, wool and also forest fruits. She is one of 40 exhibitors from Montenegro and the region, who exhibited their products at a traditional event that opened in the town square in Bijelo Polje.

“I have been producing juices and jams from the forest and other fruits for over ten years. I process raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, Aronia, currants, blueberries, and I also make blueberry and blackberry wines," says Slavica.

"By its significance, the bazaar has in some ways proved the justification of existence, and the purpose of this manifestation is to point out the existence, work, and creativity of our fellow citizens, as well as people from the surrounding area, who also pursue their activity in the field of domestic production, old crafts, handicrafts, and we also have representatives of hoteliers and catering establishments," said Violeta Obradovic, director of the Tourism Organization of Bijelo Polje.

This year's bazaar is also diverse in its content.

In addition to exhibitors of local organic and agricultural products, handicrafts, old crafts, local crafts, representatives of catering and hospitality industry presented their offers at the bazaar.


At the bazaar (Photo: Jadranka Ćetković)

Novo Babic from Niksic, as well as Masan Bojic from Bijelo Polje, presented themselves with handicrafts made of wood.

Murat Idrizovic, Velibor Djurovic, Cica Cabarkapa are just some of the producers of honey at the bazaar.

“I have been producing honey for about three decades, and it has been a family tradition since 1936 when my father Camil founded the first Beekeepers Association in Bijelo Polje. One can make a living from this business, which requires more than a hundred societies," says Murat, who is most supported by his daughter Dzena and friend Dragan Gavrilovic.

Dragica Rovcanin from Pljevlja exhibited echinacea teas, soaps from cinnamon, coffee, raspberries, and various creams and ointments.


At the bazaar (Photo: Jadranka Ćetković)

The promoter of agricultural farm Macanovic from Pljevlja Milena Bogdanovic reminds of the quality of organic flour.

"We received a gold medal for spelt flour, a big gold for buckwheat and a championship title for the highest quality flour at the Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad," Milena said.

“Bijelo Polje Bazaar” is organized by the TO Bijelo Polje, the Secretariat for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, together with the local Youth Office.

Text by Jadranka Cetkovic, on September 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

30 Sep 2019, 11:21 AM

The Youth Association with Disabilities Niksic (UMHNK) has embarked on the project “Employing More PWD in Society” to increase the employability of persons with disabilities (PWD), as well as raising public awareness of the importance of this issue.

The project lasts 12 months and is funded by the Employment Service of Montenegro. Six people with disabilities are involved in the project - four who will work during the implementation of the activities and two who will be employed by the Association for another nine months after the end of the project," said Nenad Mijuskovic, Director of UMHNK.


Nenad Mijušković (Photo: Svetlana Mandić)

He explained that six PWDs would receive a fee of 115 euros throughout the training, which begins on October 1, which involves working on computers, administrative and technical tasks, accounting, and project reporting.

"After the training, four people who remain to work until the end of the project will receive a salary of 350 euros, which will be the salary for two people who will be hired even after the project is completed," explained Mijuskovic, adding that the value of the project is 50 thousand euros.

The project implies the adequate provision of jobs for PWD staff, as well as procurement of vehicles adapted to the needs of wheelchair users. In the preparatory phase of the project, candidates were selected to be participants, trainers, and a training plan was developed for each area.


In Niksic today (Photo: Svetlana Mandić)

As explained by Aleksandra Radulovic, a counselor for vocational rehabilitation at the Employment Office in Niksic, grants for PWDs have been implemented since 2014, and two projects from Niksic have been completed, with a total value of around 100,000 euros.

“The sustainability of projects is such that, upon completion, PWDs will be involved in terms of their continued employment in the jobs they have been trained for. These are new job openings. The Institute recognized these grants as one of the ways for PWDs to become involved, to gain new knowledge and skills, because we believe that only in this way they can acquire working habits and earnings for themselves and secure their existence," Radulovic said.

According to her, there are 477 people with disabilities at the Bureau of Labor in Niksic, of whom 294 are women.

Text by Svetlana Mandic, on September 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

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