During the six months of the environmental initiative “Budva Zero Waste City”, approximately 550,000 pieces of plastic packaging were collected, which will be sent to recycling. Through an initiative implemented by the NGO Eco Center Budva, with the support of the Coca-Cola System and The Coca-Cola Foundation, citizens of Budva and numerous tourists have shown that the problem of waste can be solved by joining forces, and that changes in the attitude towards waste start from each individual.
"Over half a million collected pieces of plastic packaging, with a significant amount of aluminum packaging that will be recycled, means that we will have less packaging waste in landfills, less plastic in our sea, and that we have met the target - a greater degree of recycling," said NGO Eco Center Budva representative Andrea Buskovic.
With gratitude to the citizens who agreed to change their ecological habits and began to make a primary selection of plastics, Buskovic also thanked the partners in the project - Municipality Budva, Utility company Budva, PC Morsko dobro and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
At the Ecological Interactive Center, we spent the whole summer educating both the youngest and adults, and a large number of visitors brought plastic waste for recycling. With many quality programs we showed that ecology and recycling could be both very fun and useful, I believe that now, at closing, we can say that our Interactive Center was Budva's main ecological station," said Buskovic, adding that nearly 8,000 people visited the Interactive Center from June to the end of September.
President of the Municipality of Budva Marko Carevic said that the project Budva Zero Waste City is an excellent example of how the non-governmental sector can help local governments raise awareness about ecology.
"We need to change habits, behavior, and awareness. Introduce regular recycling, stop making illegal landfills, and eliminate disposable plastics. Budva, as a tourist destination, must be a leader and example in this," Carevic said.
Marko Bato Carevic (Photo: Budva Zero Waste City)
Director of the Public company Morsko dobro Predrag Jelusic said that the results of the initiative Budva Zero Waste City are indeed progressive and show that such actions are changing the awareness of both the local population and tourists.
"I am convinced that we can achieve such results in other municipalities, and in that, you will always have the support of Morsko dobro because, among other things, you are helping us to raise the quality of the resources we manage. Waste is a real problem and I am sure that this initiative will be productive even in 2010," said Jelusic.
The initiative Budva Zero Waste City has donated three smart and environmentally friendly benches to the Municipality Budva, as well as 30 plastic waste bins. Also, volunteers visited over 7,000 households across the city and educated citizens how to collect and properly dispose of waste.
Illustration (Photo: Budva Zero Waste City)
A special part of the project was the campaign "Capture the Clean Wave", which was implemented for the second time this year, on 28 beaches of the Budva Riviera, where plastic and aluminum waste was collected. These environmental initiatives are part of the global Coca-Cola Worldwide Waste Initiative “The world without waste”, which aims to help collect and recycle all bottles and cans it sells on the market by 2030.
"Environmental protection is not a cost to us. We are investing in the future because we know the importance of gradually addressing waste, especially in local communities, such as Budva," said Coca-Cola HBC Montenegro's public and regulatory affairs manager Andrea Radonjic.
The initiative Budva Zero Waste City was also supported by the US Embassy in Montenegro, whose deputy head of political and economic affairs, Kyle Hatcher, attended the event.
At the initiative of PC Morsko dobro, the Interactive Center will continue the mission of environmental education and recycling in Ulcinj next year.
Text by Promo, on September 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
September 29, 2019 - Within the Blue Land project, implemented by the Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Fisheries Directorate in Montenegro, an expert mission was recently realized to map the ecosystems, habitats and ecosystem services of the pilot area of the project in Montenegro.
International experts on coastal habitat, ecosystem, and vegetation mapping, Michele de Santis and Fabio Attore visited and analyzed the Blue Land area in our country. It includes the coastal belt of the Great Beach in Ulcinj from Cape Đeram to the mouth of the Bojana River.
Implemented under the IPA INTERREG II Cross-Border Cooperation Program of Montenegro, Albania, and Italy, the Blue Land project aims at establishing a participatory model for coastal and marine biodiversity management, its protection, and sustainable use, getting together science, local communities and policymakers on local and national levels.
The Blue Land project has so far implemented a series of joint training for project partners' representatives by international experts. The local experts gained new knowledge in the field of ecosystem mapping and ecosystem services and then began research work in the area.
Bojana River Mouth, Blue Land Area in Montenegro, Copyright: Institute of Marine Biology Kotor
After biometric and hydrographic surveys of the submarine in the Blue Land area carried out in the spring, the experts from the Institute of Marine Biology hosted last month their colleagues Michele de Santis and Fabio Attore. International experts have been analyzing the coastal situation in detail for seven days.
"The entire Blue Land coastal area, which includes the Great Beach and its hinterland, has been surveyed. It has been identified that there are very significant ecosystems of Great Beach dunes, which are unfortunately largely degraded. The real dunes are preserved only in the southern part of the beach, which is still wild and managed by kite clubs. There are still natural dunes in the area with pristine vegetation. The experts' recommendation and the aim is to ensure the protection of these dunes and prevent their further degradation," said Blue Land Project Coordinator for Montenegro, Dr Ana Pesic, an ichthyologist at the Institute of Marine Biology.
"Another significant ecosystem identified in the Blue Land area is the wetlands that exist in the hinterland of the dunes. Particularly significant are the alluvial, humid forests, which are found along the entire Great Beach. Alluvial forests are protected both through Natura 2000 and through many European standards and laws. They are protected by Montenegrin law as they are susceptible to all possible pressures. If irrigation or drainage regulation occurs, these forests are the first to strike. What was very interesting to the experts is that in our country these forests exist in a large belt. All over the Mediterranean, alluvial forests are under great anthropogenic pressure - they are destroyed, cut down. Here they are still preserved and deserve our great care and protection," explains Dr. Ana Pesic.
Wooden Cottages along the Bojana River, Copyright: Institute of Marine Biology
Tourism development cannot and should not be prevented. But what we need to understand is that people are increasingly turning to nature tourism, frequently looking for the opportunity to enjoy wildlife. The Great Beach and the river Bojana mouth represent a still untouched nature and as such, stand as a valuable potential for the development of eco-tourism.
International eco-expert Michele de Santis visited Montenegro for the first time. He is fascinated by the area of Great Beach and the Bojana river, claiming that this zone is ecologically essential not only for Montenegro but for the whole Mediterranean. "I want to emphasize that this area is one of the most significant wetlands in the whole Mediterranean; it is certainly one of the largest. These areas have been destroyed throughout the Mediterranean as a result of urbanization or drainage for agriculture. Here, on the other hand, the ecosystems are in excellent condition," said Michele De Santis.
Great Beach and Bojana River Area is Perfect for the Development of Eco-Tourism, Copyright: Institute of Marine Biology
Experts have identified four basic ecosystem types in the Blue Land area. In addition to the ecosystems of the Bojana River, and the dune ecosystem, as very significant, de Santis points out the alluvial forests in the hinterland of the Great Beach. "It is observed in this zone that many trees die during the summer months. We need to investigate why this is happening and whether there is any way to prevent it. What we can say without a doubt is that this area is well suited to promote and support the development of eco-tourism. Eco-tourism is a great development opportunity for this area."
De Santis believes that the Blue Land project is a significant start-up step to establish comprehensive protection for this valuable area, which is exposed to numerous pressures. One of the main problems noted by the experts during the fieldwork is the lack of a functional waste management system. "It is a great pity because the area is beautiful, so it is not very nice for tourists to walk and ride in the garbage. I believe that the Blue Land project looks at this space in all aspects excellently. I see its greatest importance in bringing the values and potentials of this space closer to the local community and governing bodies, so that we can witness its sustainable development in the future."
Bojana River Entering the Sea at Great Beach, Ulcinj, Copyright: Institute of Marine Biology
Regarding the management of the area, Michelle de Santis recommends the restoration and conservation of dunes, the monitoring of water quality, especially in the Bojana River, the creation of hiking and biking trails for tourists, so that they can enter deeper into area, see birds, vegetation and the beautiful and unique nature that lies in the area of the Great Beach and the mouth of the Bojana River.
"During the seven days that the experts visited Montenegro, we toured the entire Blue Land area and mapped all significant ecosystems and all significant plant species. As a result of this expert visit, a report will be prepared as well as a GIS format of all ecosystems, their boundaries, distribution and density of certain plant species, which will be used for another product of this project, a Web GIS platform that will be internationally developed jointly for all three project pilot areas. It will include all the relevant information collected in these areas. In addition to the natural features, we will try to introduce some socio-economic aspects: the number of tourists during the summer season, the number of inhabitants, the number of restaurants," explained Project Coordinator for Montenegro, Dr. Ana Pesic.
Pesic announced that a phone application would be made within Blue Land, which will be available to all citizens. Citizens and visitors will be able to send their photographs, objections, anything that is interesting or important to them, with the aim of popularizing the area and bringing its values and potentials closer to the general public.
In the veterinary clinics of Montenegro, after several delays, the identification and registration of dogs began, with chipping and the vaccination of dogs against rabies.
Chipping and issuing passports for dogs, which was organized for the first time in Montenegro, began on World Rabies Day - September 28, which is celebrated around the world to remind of the importance of measures to eradicate this dangerous a contagious disease that is mostly transmitted to humans with the bite of dogs.
Chipping dogs has been announced several times for the summer of this year. However, due to delays in public procurement, this had not happened.
The Food, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs Directorates have announced that the owners will pay two euros for a tagged and vaccinated dog.
"The identification and registration of dogs, as previously decided, will be implemented through the Agrobudget Funded Compulsory Animal Health Measures Program."
Identification and registration of dogs(Photo: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
They stated that, thanks to the activities carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Food Safety Authority, with the support of the EU project, on prevention through oral vaccination of foxes and vaccination of dogs in shelters for abandoned animals, no cases of rabies in Montenegro have been reported since In 2012, neither in domestic nor in wild animals.
The official start of the dog chipping campaign was marked at the Veterinary Clinic “Animavet” in Podgorica, in the presence of representatives of the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs, who in the previous period worked intensively on establishing a system for identifying and registering dogs.
The official launch of the action (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
The Director of the Management Board, Vesna Dakovic, emphasized the high expectation of this action, first of all, in the monitoring of the health status of the marked animals, as well as ensuring a higher level of responsibility of the animal owners, which will now be recognized. Dog tagging and rabies vaccination, she said, will contribute to protecting animals from rabies and, consequently, protecting human health.
Chipping dogs will be important for improving the health and well-being of dogs and will contribute to addressing many increasing challenges to the dog population, from irresponsible ownership, inhumane treatment of dogs, dog bites, but also addressing problems with stray dogs. "
Text by Borko Zdero, on September 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
A three-member delegation of the non-governmental organization (NGO) "Alpha Center" from Niksic participated in the conference "Regional Cooperation and Long-term Development" held in the Romanian city of Arad. The conference brought together experts and students from the fields of tourism, media, economics, design, and gastronomy, who analyzed the potentials in these fields and exchanged experiences.
"The tourism potential of Arad County was analyzed and the most optimal and creative solutions were proposed to promote and develop the most diverse offer, and participants from the countries of the region presented concrete examples of good practice and identified potential barriers that may arise during the implementation of various projects," said the program manager at the Alpha Center, Radoje Mijuskovic.
NGO representatives from Niksic presented the successfully realized project "From Niksic with Love", which was also promoted in the region, Sarajevo and Mostar.
The idea was born to organize similar promotion in several Romanian cities, and in the same way to promote their tourist, cultural and gastronomic offer in Montenegro," said Mijuskovic, adding that the conference was a good opportunity to establish cooperation with both organizations from Romania and countries in the region.
The conference, which lasted for four days, was organized by the NGO Center for Balkan Strategies, whose headquarters are in Cluj.
"The idea is to create a pilot project that would be implemented in the region, about finding solutions and new ways to develop the local community. During these four days, we got to know each other about the situation in our countries when it comes to the development of tourism, economy, infrastructure, so that young people get new job opportunities and stay in their own countries," said Florian Groza, president of the "Center for Balkan Strategies", as said by the "Alpha Center”.
Representatives of the countries participating in the conference, from Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Romania, had the opportunity to speak with the President of the Arad County Chamber of Commerce, the representatives of the communes of Gyor and Shiri, as well as with the rector and officials from the University of Arad.
The participants of the conference had the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural and historical sights of Romania, their gastronomy, as well as to attend the presentation of medieval weapons and to participate in the simulation of combat using these weapons.
Text by Svetlana Mandic, on September 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
28 September 2019 - A memorandum on cooperation between the chambers of commerce of Montenegro and the Körfez district was signed on the Business Forum of Montenegro and Turkey in Podgorica. It was stated that investments from Turkey were increasing. In 2018, two states exchanged goods worth 100,7 million EUR.
This agreement is a solid basis for further economic relations with Turkey, said the signatories, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce Ivan Saveljić and President of the Chamber of Commerce of Körfez Recep Öztürk
"There is space for the improvement of economic relations between the two countries," said Saveljić.
The Turkish delegation consisted of the representatives of 30 companies of Körfez in the field of energy, construction, metal-processing, trade, logistics, automobile industry and real estate.
Presenting the economic environment of Montenegro, Saveljić pointed out that the country was characterized by intense economic growth.
The most important infrastructure and tourist projects will create safe presumptions for the further economic growth of Montenegro and improvement of life quality of its citizens.
Apart from cooperation in trade, investments from Turkey have surged. Since 2010, a total of 190,3 million EUR has been invested from Turkey, writes CdM.
Last year around 43.000 tourists visited Montenegro. Montenegro expects new investments in the energy sector.
"We have excellent cooperation with Turkish chambers of commerce," said Saveljić.
President of the Chamber of Commerce of Körfez pointed out developed historical and cultural bonds our countries shared.
"We should use this stable interstate cooperation in order to reinforce business cooperation," said Öztürk.
He acquainted his interlocutors with the region he comes from. It is one of the most developed regions in Turkey and it has 160.000 inhabitants.
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28 September 2019 - After attending the opening of the general debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović met with Koen Davidse, executive director of the Dutch constituency at the World Bank.
President Đukanović emphasized the importance of overall cooperation with the World Bank, including credit support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), as part of the World Bank. He also pointed out that the priorities of the World Bank were in line with the priorities of Montenegro's economic policy, strengthening fiscal stability and raising the level of competitiveness and creating new jobs, reported his Office.
The Executive Director at the World Bank expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity to meet with the President and become more familiar with the vision of development in Montenegro. He positively assessed the processes in Montenegro in terms of growth and fiscal stabilization and expressed interest in cooperation in youth employment, private sector and sustainability projects. He also praised the balance Montenegro is making between progress and the sustainability of the economy.
The interlocutors agreed that the integration of the region is the best framework for its development, especially in the context of the need to adopt new knowledge and European standards in overcoming trade barriers in the region.
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28 September 2019 - The United States Embassy in Montenegro confirmed yesterday that U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, will visit Montenegro. From October 1 to 6, Pompeo will travel to Montenegro, Italy, the Holy See, North Macedonia, and Greece.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, announced that Pompeo would take part in the U.S. and Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations, where he will deliver keynote remarks. He will have a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, and meet with Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Gallagher.
In Rome, Italy, the Secretary will meet with President Mattarella, Prime Minister Conte, and Foreign Minister Di Maio. He will also visit Abruzzo to tour his ancestral home.
The Secretary will then travel to Montenegro, where he will meet with President Đukanović, Prime Minister Duško Marković, and Foreign Minister Darmanović. It will be the first official visit of a U.S. Secretary of State to Montenegro since the restoration of its state independence in 2006, reports Aljazeera. Pompeo, one of U.S. President Donald Trump's closest associates, will emphasize the importance of partnership and alliance between the two countries in NATO, a senior State Department official said at a press briefing on Pompeo's European tour, which was held on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly session.
Pompeo will also emphasize NATO's openness to new members and the contribution Montenegro has made as a small country to the Alliance in terms of geographical location and entry to the Adriatic Sea.
Asked by Voice of America about the significance and timing of the visit, the official said Montenegro was an important ally and that "the secretary of state is looking forward to the historic opportunity to visit it."
A senior State Department official said the U.S. remains highly engaged and focused on the Western Balkans region, which is strategically important to Europe's vision of being united, free and at peace, which is confirmed with the Secretary of State's decision to appoint a Special Representative for the Balkans, Matthew Palmer.
After his visit to Montenegro, Secretary will travel to North Macedonia, where he will meet with President Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zaev, and other government officials. The Secretary will also tour the Holy Mother of God “Peribleptos” monastery complex while visiting Lake Ohrid.
Finally, the Secretary will travel to Athens, Greece, where he will meet with Prime Minister Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Dendias, and Defense Minister Panagiotopoulos.
28 September 2019 - The introduction of a non-working Sunday, prescribed by the Internal Trade Law, will start on 14 October, Managing Director of the Directorate for Internal Market and Competition in the Ministry of Economy, Biljana Jakić, confirmed for Dnevne Novine daily.
This means the first Sunday off for trading shops in Montenegro will be on October 20th.
“The Law Amending the Law on Internal Trade entered into force on 13 July 2019. The Law prescribes that the provision under Article 35a, which refers to a non-working Sunday, shall apply after three months from the day of entering into force. Therefore, the application of this Article starts from 14 October 2019,” Director Jakić explained.
“Considering that the law prescribed a transitional period for the application of Article 35a relating to a non-working Sunday, within three months from the date of entry into force of the law, we consider that employers have had sufficient time to organize the work process in accordance with this provision," Jakić pointed out. According to her, the Ministry of Economy is in direct communication with employers on the implementation of the new legal norm.
Montenegrin Economy Minister Dragica Sekulić previously explained that they predict that there would be no drop in turnover for traders, and that the business people believe that the daily takings will be passed over from one day to the next. However, the Montenegrin Employers Federation recently filed a law-review initiative with the Constitutional Court. The Federation believes that the law is problematic from the perspective of large and small trading systems, since the Montenegrin economy consists of 95 per cent for small and medium-sized businesses.
“We can already predict the negative effects that the adoption of the law will bring in the future, especially since we have strategically decided to make tourism our main industry. The question is whether we can afford the luxury of giving up the huge traffic that takes place on Sundays, which is affected by many tourists on the coast and in the north," the representatives of the Federation highlighted.
As of October 14, as defined by law, only pharmacies, bakeries, flower shops, souvenir shops, newsstands, shops that sell plant protection products and shops that sell funeral equipment can be open on Sundays.
Exemptions for working on Sundays are also found at gas stations, retail shops within gas stations, markets, stands, counters, showcases, mobile shops, as well as vending machines outside markets. Also, shops and vending machines located inside closed areas, buses, railway stations, airports and ports, booths and kiosks selling goods during events, festivals and events, fairs and public displays of cinematic works, as well as warehouses for wholesale trade are also an exception and can work on Sundays.
Amendments to the law stipulate that employers who violate the provision and open stores on Sundays may be fined between 1,000 and 10,000 euros.
28 September 2019 - On September 26, Montenegro successfully issued bonds in the international capital market under the most favourable conditions so far.
Bonds were issued for 500 million EUR, with a maturity of 10 years and the interest rate of 2.55%, which is the longest maturity period and the lowest interest rate achieved so far.
Following the positive reviews by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as positive ratings from world's rating agencies, the international investment market also positively evaluated the activities of the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Montenegro.
In this way, the investors have given full confidence to the Government's continued policy, results achieved and future planned activities in the field of macroeconomic and fiscal policy, preservation of fiscal and financial stability, and implemented and planned activities in the field of Euro-Atlantic integration.
The good results are confirmed by demand for Montenegrin securities. The investors' offer exceeded the issued amount three times, reaching a maximum of over 1.8 billion EUR.
Furthermore, given that over 190 investors from different parts of the world have expressed interest, the Montenegrin bond is generating significant interest in the international securities market. In this regard, geographically speaking, the issue has been significantly diversified, with a considerable interest of investors from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Asia. On the other hand, institutional investors, i.e. investment funds, insurance companies, commercial banks, etc. were predominant.
Significant success has been achieved in the international capital market, delivering the most favourable market conditions achieved by Montenegro since the first issue of Montenegrin foreign securities.
28 September 2019 - Montenegro has no doubts when it comes to the country’s accession to the EU, and we hope that the next Brussels administration will give an additional impetus to the Union's more active role in the region, Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin said at a meeting with ambassadors of the EU Member States and the Head of EU Delegation to Podgorica.
During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and ambassadors exchanged views on current political topics and issues relevant to the process of European integration of Montenegro.
Regarding the current process of electoral reform and other legislation reform, the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the ruling majority is open to dialogue with the opposition in order to hold all future elections in Montenegro according to the highest international standards. He stressed, however, that the current demands of the opposition for a caretaker government have no political, democratic or constitutional basis, and that any dialogue that would mean the opposition's insistence on such unrealistic and unfounded demands has no future.
Speaking about the Law on Freedom of Religion, DPM Pažin noted that the Government is ready to achieve the maximum degree of consensus in constructive and professional dialogue with religious communities to further advance the legal text by accepting the recommendations of the Venice Commission. He estimated that yesterday's meeting between Prime Minister Duško Marković and Metropolitan Amfilohije was an expression of the democratic capacity of the Prime Minister and the Government and the readiness to engage in a constructive and reasoned dialogue with all religious communities on this subject, despite a very aggressive and factually unfounded campaign against the proposed law. The Deputy Prime Minister assessed the content of yesterday's meeting as a positive and encouraging step.
DPM Pažin said that in the case of the request of the Republic of Croatia for the extradition of Saša Sinđelić, his decision as Minister of Justice would be based on the law and very principled, respecting the position of the competent court on the fulfillment of the conditions for extradition.
Furthermore, the officials exchanged opinions on other issues of importance for Montenegro's accession to the European Union.
Ambassador Aivo Orav, the Head of the EU Delegation to Podgorica, thanked Deputy Prime Minister Pažin for open and honest dialogue and pointed out that the European Union wants to see Montenegro as its member as soon as possible, which is why European partners expect Montenegro to apply the highest standards of respect for European policies and values.