14 April 2019 - A total of 4.294 people with higher education in Montenegro are unemployed. Around 43% are younger than 30. However, the fact that 1.632 entrepreneurs under 35 were registered in 2018 shows that young people are looking for salvation in founding their own company.
According to Darko Kuzmanović, statistics adviser within the Employment Agency of Montenegro, most unemployed highly educated people are from Podgorica 1.206. Nikšić and Bijelo Polje follow Podgorica.
“Records of the unemployed persons counts 244 master degrees and 19 Ph.D. degrees. There are 3,154 women and 1.770 men among the unemployed,” says Kuzmanović.
As representatives of the Chamber of Commerce state, the number of small and medium enterprises where at least one owner is under 35, amounted 4.795 in 2018.
“Young people account for 17,4% of the total number of entrepreneurs. In the total number of micro, small and medium enterprises, they take part in the ownership structure with 24,7%,” said the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.
The current economic situation recognizes entrepreneurship as one of the ways of tackling the unemployment problem. Development of entrepreneurship skills would contribute to higher employment.
“Results of the research suggest that an entrepreneurship career is very popular among young people in Montenegro. More than 60% of the young people would rather work for themselves than for an employer, 75% think that starting their own business is risky, but that entrepreneurs enjoy a social reputation, while one third thinks about entering into entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs often choose sectors that are easily accessible and that do not require huge initial capital,” said the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives of the Union of Young Entrepreneurs think entrepreneurial resources are not used enough.
“Young people in Montenegro are becoming more and more aware of the opportunities for their own business. We must identify the space for putting our ideas into action. The idea does not have to be innovative and special. It should be sustainable and real, and that is enough,” said the representatives of the Union.
However, young people are faced with so many obstacles in their efforts to develop their own business.
“Moral support and finances are the first challenges young people face. Those who have already started their business face even greater challenges. They should be taken into account before launching anything,” said the representatives of the Union.
Ministry of Economy has envisaged a special programme line for entrepreneurship development for 2019. Besides, the Chamber of Commerce provides young people with many educational activities.
“They also have Enterprise Europe Network that offers the possibility of connecting with the partners from abroad. Also, Chamber implements projects that include clusters as a good model of cooperation,” said the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
14 April 2019 - Crvena Zvezda mts defeated Budućnost VOLI once again and have therefore doubled their lead in the 2019 ABA League Finals with the score of 107:69! This means that the red and whites need just one more win to dethrone the reigning champions and to return the precious trophy to Belgrade.
Game 2 was a one way street from the beginning to the end. Crvena Zvezda mts simply outplayed Budućnost VOLI in every single game element and the 38-point margin at the end shows how much better the home team was in this match.
The only bad thing for the Belgrade side was the injury of Stratos Perperoglou, who had to leave the court at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Crvena Zvezda mts started building their lead already in the opening quarter and the margin just kept growing and growing throughout the match. The home side was even up by 40 points at one moment.
The man of the match award belongs to Stratos Perperoglou. The Greek forward scored 17 points before he had to leave the court due to injury. He also missed only one shot during the entire game as he was 4/4 for 2 points and 3/4 for 3 points.
When it comes to Crvena Zvezda mts, this was as close as you can get to the perfect game. The red and whites were 25/30 for 2 pointers, 12/25 for 3-pointers, they had 26 rebounds, 20 assists, ten steals and only seven turnovers. For Budućnost VOLI, Nemanja Gordic scored 11 points along with six assists while Filip Barović and James Bell added ten points each.
Source: Aba League News
Montenegro has made progress in the fiscal and financial sphere, it was assessed at a meeting of representatives of the Montenegrin delegation and the World Bank, and a strong expectation that a second development policy guarantee could be approved at the end of this or early next year.
Members of the Montenegrin delegation have continued talks on approving the other guarantee for development policy at a meeting with the Vice-President of the World Bank (WB) for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller, organized within the spring session and this financial institution and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
"It has been stated that Montenegro has made progress in the fiscal and financial sphere and a strong expectation that this arrangement could be approved by the end of this year or early next year," it was stated in the joint statement by the Central Bank (CBCG) and the Ministry of Finance.
The meeting was also about the projects implemented in Montenegro, funded by WB. At a meeting of the Montenegrin delegation headed by CBCG Governor Radoje Zugic and Minister of Finance Darko Radunovic with the Director of the European Department of the IMF, Paul Thomsen, it was noted that CBCG selected the appropriate priorities for the forthcoming period, relating to the improvement of supervision, money laundering prevention measures and strengthening and modernizing the payment system.
Radunovic presented fiscal indicators for the previous year and mid-term projections, stating that in the first two months of this year, budget revenues increased by 18.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
As he said, structural reforms, in particular, those of importance for obtaining another development policy guarantee, continued.
At a meeting with the Dutch-Belgian constituency executive director in the IMF, Antony Delanoy it was discussed the macroeconomic environment in Montenegro, the situation in the banking system and measures of fiscal consolidation.
Members of the Montenegrin delegation said that despite the problem-solving in small non-systematic banks, business indicators were improved, which contributed to the preservation of credit rating.
With the executive director of the Dutch constituency at WB, Koen Davids, the delegation talked about technical assistance programs and challenges in realizing projects funded by this financial institution. The delegation also participated in a regional workshop organized by Thomsen featuring the macroeconomic tendencies in Europe.
"It is noted that we expect a slightly weaker growth than the previous year, but that macroeconomic fundamentals are still satisfactory. A special segment of the workshop referred to the inefficiency of state-owned enterprises, “CBCG and the Ministry of Finance reported.
Text by MINA Business, on April 14th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
14 April 2019 - Lipa Cave, the first cave adventure in Montenegro that offers a fascinating diversity of karst features to provide visitors with a unique experience of the underground world, officially opened for visitors on April 1.
Located near Cetinje and visited by more than 20 thousand people per year, the cave traditionally opened its beautiful and wild system of 2.5 km of passages and halls for visitors this April.
The representatives of tourist company Lipa Cave recently announced that the ticket prices remained the same as last year. The ticket price for adults is 10.9 EUR, for children up to five years 1 EUR, and for children from 5-15 years old 6.9 EUR. The family package costs 29.9 EUR and includes two adults and two or three children up to 15 years of age. The price includes parking, a train drive to the cave and back, a tour of the cave, a guide and insurance.
All the tours of the cave begin with a train ride that departs from the Lipska Cave parking lot and arrives at the cave entrance where all the visitors get off and eagerly await the start of their tour.
Each year, Lipa Cave offers two types of tours, so visitors have the opportunity to choose The Cave Tour that is accessible to everyone and has the length of 600 meters and The Extreme Tour aimed at adventurers. "Aside from the regular tours, additional services such as wine tasting and a mini-concert of classical music in the cave will be organised," said the company's representatives.
As explained by the tourist organisation Lipa Cave, the cave was open for tours since 2015. All visitors of the cave are accompanied by local guides who are kind, helpful, and well-trained. Cave tours are easily accessible as Lipa Cave is located only 33 km from Budva, 35 km from Podgorica, and 5 km from Cetinje. Its built-in trails and modern lighting make it even more attractive and perfectly safe. The cave is preserved in line with high environmental conservation standards. Only a year later from its opening websites like Montenegro Travel, Trip Advisor, as well as many others recommended Lipa Cave as one of the best places to visit in Montenegro. All the efforts of the TO are focused on providing an unforgettable cave adventure to the cave’s visitors, which has placed it on the list of the attractions you must see in Cetinje.
14 April 2019 - Hungarian Ambassador to Montenegro József Négyesi estimated that it is realistic for Montenegro to become a full member of the European Union by 2025.
The Ambassador said that Hungary follows the political developments in the Western Balkans with special attention and that the dangers of slowing down the integration process are completely clear to them.
“That's why we advocate that the European Union, and also the members themselves, despite the numerous existing challenges, make the decisions necessary to accelerate the integration of the countries of the region as soon as possible", said Hungarian Ambassador to Montenegro József Négyesi in an interview with Pobjeda daily.
He pointed out that there is significant progress in fulfilling the preconditions for Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights and Chapter 24: Justice, freedom and security.
Asked whether he notices that there is a delay in EU enlargement policy, he says that Hungary's position on this issue is clear. "It's never enough to emphasize that enlargement is a process that represents the road to a united and stronger Europe, whose intensity and efficiency, however, is subject to change," Négyesi said.
If the situation continues to develop as in the past, the Ambassador believes that the year 2025 represents the real deadline for the accession of Montenegro to the European Union.
"The accession to the European Union, above all, depends on the readiness and effort of Montenegro. My previous experience tells me that Montenegro does not lack political determination or professional knowledge. Therefore, according to my assessment, if Montenegro maintains the current tempo of preparation, it can become a full member of the EU by 2025, "he said.
According to Ambassador Négyesi, the Hungarian Government aims to provide all available support to Montenegro in the interest of faster accession to the EU, and at this moment two Hungarian EU experts work in Podgorica to assist the Montenegrin Government in the process of EU integration.
In regards to cooperation between the two countries, the Ambassador said that the key area for strengthening relations is the economy, especially agriculture.
"Thanks to excellent political relations and a favourable investment climate, Hungary has indeed become one of the largest investors in Montenegro since the restoration of Montenegro's independence. The total value of foreign direct foreign investments from Hungary to Montenegro over the past decade exceeded 500 million euros," Négyesi said.
The Ambassador also assessed that Hungarian companies are satisfied with the business climate in Montenegro. The most important Hungarian investors include OTP Bank and Hunguest Hotels, which have had positive experiences in Montenegro. This is evidenced by the fact that most of the present Hungarian companies are planning to expand their activities in Montenegro, and Négyesi hopes that this will result in new Hungarian investments and the arrival of new Hungarian companies to Montenegro.
April 14, 2019 - Protest of support for President of Kotor Municipality Vladimir Jokić will be held on Sunday at 11.55 am at the Arms Square in the Old town of Kotor. A protest call titled "Who is handing over Kotor?" on the social network Facebook sent a group of citizens called Kontrafor.
13 April 2019 - Italian Air Force Eurofighter aircraft were launched for the first time to execute a NATO Air Policing mission over Montenegro.
In the morning of 9 April 2019 Italian Air Force Eurofighter based at Gioia del Colle Air Base some 20 km south of Bari, Italy, was launched by NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejon, Spain. The mission was to intercept a civilian airliner that lost communications with civilian air traffic control over Croatia and was heading south towards Montenegro and Albania.
Two Eurofighter aircraft who are on alert to protect NATO airspace over Italy, Albania and Montenegro under the auspices of the Alliance, successfully intercepted the aircraft only a few minutes later. The Eurofighter pilots a visual check of the aircraft to rule out illegal action, technical or any other issues.
It was established that the loss of communications was related to a misunderstanding between civilian air traffic control and the airliner crew. After resuming regular contact with the civilian controllers, the airliner continued to proceed to its destination in Hurghada, Egypt.
Allied Air Command is in charge of all Air and Space matters from northern Norway to southern Italy and from the Azores to eastern Turkey. All missions support NATO’s strategic concepts of Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security.
Source: NATO Allied Air Command
13 April 2019 - The first section of the Bar Boljare motorway will be completed in the middle of next year and this deadline will be met, Chairman of the Chinese company CCCC Liu Qitao promised at a meeting with Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković in Dubrovnik. Vice President of CCCC Wen Gang and President of the CRBC Lu Shan and their associates also attended the meeting.
Prime Minister Marković emphasised the importance of the project for the overall development of Montenegro and stressed that the works must be completed within the defined deadline.
"The motorway connects the country and encourages the development of all sectors of the economy. Furthermore, at this stage, we have indirect investments in agriculture, tourism, and other areas," PM Marković said to representatives of CCCC, one of the world's 500 richest companies and among the largest in the world for designing and building roads. CRBC, which builds the first motorway section in Montenegro, is a subsidiary of CCCC.
The high-quality completion of works on the priority section, Prime Minister Marković pointed out, is the capital for everyone and it will open cooperation possibilities for projects in the future. Both sides agreed that it is a project of two countries, which will be a symbol of friendship between Montenegro and China.
Liu said that his CCCC company successfully works around the world and can work on several other projects in Montenegro.
Prime Minister Marković said that the options for cooperation in different areas would be considered in the coming period.
"Our economy has grown at a rate of over 4.7 percent over the past two years, and a significant generator of such growth is the construction of the motorway. I want to provide these growth rates for a longer period, and for that, we need credible partners and private capital," the Prime Minister highlighted.
13 April 2019 - For many years, "Budvanska Rivijera" has managed to preserve a strong position on the tourist map of Europe by branding its tourism product and contributing to a better position of Montenegro as a tourist destination. Breathtaking nature, supreme service, rich and imaginative cuisine, friendly hosts and the abundance of culture and entertainment events make a long-term basis for successful business operations of this hotel group.
Hotel Group Budvanska Rivijera is one of the largest hotel groups in Montenegro. It consists of five hotels located in some of the most attractive locations in Budva: Hotel Mogren, Hotel and Resort Slovenska plaža, Hotel "Aleksandar", Hotel Palas and Hotel Castellastva. Throughout the years this hotel group has been recognized as a company that continuously invests in quality improvements which result in a constant increase in the number of overnight stays and financial indicators. Following global trends in sustainable development in the tourism and hotel industry, HG Budvanska Rivijera has introduced an integrated management system by unifying three international ISO standards in the field of quality management (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and food safety management (ISO 22000 ), which is currently the only company in Montenegro operating under this principle. This hotel group has been awarded the Travelife Gold Certificate - an international quality label in the domain of respecting environmental and social principles, which shows that the company is committed to achieving high customer and employee satisfaction, reducing operating costs and respecting the principles of sustainable tourism. All this effort by HG Budvanska Rivijera was recognised on the annual award ceremony "Wild Beauty Award", during which the company was awarded a certificate for contribution to quality and development of tourist offer of Montenegro through the implementation of standards in the hotel industry.
Hotel Mogren is an authentic city hotel categorized with three stars. Built in 1934, it is an undisputed tourist symbol of Budva. Located near the walls of the Old Town, it was named after the nearby beach Mogren, one of the most beautiful beaches in Budva. The Mogren tourist season 2018 will be remembered for numerous novelties. After the adaptation of Gradska kafana (English: City Tavern), Mogren Hotel welcomed guests in a new, redesigned edition with an improved gastronomic offer, as well as a series of cultural and entertainment events on the terrace of the pop-up restaurant Makarul. Musical concerts by Zorica Kondža, band Cambi, Vanna and Kaliopi attracted many tourists and locals to the most beautiful terrace in the city. In the upcoming tourist season 2019, Mogren will continue to surprise all tourists and locals with improved event offer.
Pop-up restaurant Makarul, located on the first floor of Hotel Mogren, is the first pop-up restaurant in Montenegro. A pop-up restaurant is a provisional event designed to showcase culinary talents at a temporary location. Makarul's pop-up restaurant is the pioneer of new trends in cooking and catering, with a focus on the essence of providing restaurant services – which is the content of the served plate. Makarul offers traditional and modern cuisine in a pleasant ambience with an amazing view of Old Town Budva.
Although quite spacious, HG Budvanska Rivijera’s Gradska kafana is often too small to accommodate all those who want to enjoy the beautiful ambience, excellent music as well as local and international cuisine.
Restaurant Pjaca is a unique Mediterranean corner of the Hotel complex Slovenska plaža. When it comes to Budva, one of the first associations, aside from the sandy beaches and blue sea, is definitely the Hotel and Resort Slovenska plaža, which has been present on the Montenegrin market for more than three decades and is a kind of brand of the Hotel Group Budvanska Rivijera. In the very heart of this small Mediterranean city full of diverse facilities and well-groomed green areas, there is restaurant Pjaca. The charming ambience of this corner of Slovenian beaches will attract you at first glance, while friendly hosts and the excellent gastronomic offer will make it an inevitable place when visiting Budva. The menu of the Piazza restaurant is dominated by Mediterranean cuisine - small fried fish, homemade squid, tuna, seafood, mussels, and homemade pasta. The gastronomic delight is emphasized with a special way of serving meals - in Pjaca you will eat certain foods from unusual pots, which gives the overall experience a special seal and warmth.
In the heart of a small coastal village near Budva, a small cove and a fishing village Petrovac, there are hotels Palas and Castellastva. These hotels in the Budva Riviera are characterized by an attractive location near the sea, surrounded by natural greenery, comfort, hospitality and a unique memorable atmosphere. Apart from the standard hotel facilities, the Palas Hotel has an exceptional gastronomic offer of Makarul's pop-up restaurant, a modern and well equipped wellness & spa centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as a children's playroom.
13 April 2019 - Traditional rural architecture in northern Montenegro can be a potential for the development of rural ethno tourism, which could become a great attraction for foreign tourists - adventurers who want to feel the primeval tradition and culture of country people's life.
The traditional rural architecture with a specific construction style present in Montenegro is based on the great experience of the country’s peasant, self-taught country-side builders who lived in harmony with nature and accordingly selected the best solutions and adapted them to their lives and work. At that time, the construction workers did not have the goal to subjugate nature but to adapt to it. They used natural materials from their environment. The houses that were built back then were always located on a dry soil, somewhere “on the side”, in order to preserve meadow and fertile land. Still, the countryfolk always made sure that their home was in a safe place, protected from strong winds and with good visibility of the area around it.
The country people respected the earth and soil, which gave birth to new life without which they could not survive. All peasants knew how to organise their farms, planning not only the housing, but also other buildings on the property, such as ambers, stalls, dairy farms, wells, sheds, bakery furnace, chicken coops etc.
The most common building materials for traditional houses in the north of Montenegro were wood and stone, and they determined the types of houses which could be built: log cabins, combination of wood and stone, combination of various types of stone, logs and wattle houses, combination of stone, log and brick. A common type of house in the north of Montenegro is the so-called "kuća na ćelici" made on steep slope, where the lower level is usually made of stone and the upper part of the house is made of wattle. The house most often consisted of two rooms – the main room with the fireplace where the tenants would stay during the day, make and have their meals, and the bedroom. The roof was most often covered with wooden boards with a large and steep slope, in order to keep the snow and moisture off. The roof usually had openings - the gutter, through which the smoke from the fireplace came out. The common details of these houses were also wooden crosses, for which there are different interpretations, but the most common are religious reasons.
The potential for the development of rural tourism in Montenegro is unused. Traditional houses can be reconstructed or rebuilt according to traditional construction methods and as such used to improve the tourist offer of northern Montenegro. Rural tourism makes a great part of the country’s brand as a tourist destination, because tourists seek natural and genuine environment, they want to see and stay in such facilities to feel us as the country folk used to feel, and escape the present-day contemporaries.
Relatively preserved rural complexes still exist throughout the country. These facilities were built in the traditional spirit, and as such could, with certain construction interventions, be revitalized and put into function as tourist attractions. Areas with such preserved units include village Kalušići – Bobovo in Pljevlja, located above the canyon of the river Tara, where all houses from foundation to roof are made of wood, as well as the village Gajine also in Pljevlja in which most of the houses are made of a combination of stone and wattle. There are many more villages filled with traditional houses that eagerly await reconstruction, but will Montenegro get to them in time and truly use the potential of sustainable rural tourism – it remains to be seen.
April 13, 2019 - The International Conference "Strategic Tourism Development Based on the Valorization of Cultural Heritage" convened on April 12 in Herceg Novi with participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Germany, and Montenegro, as well as representatives of the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).
A project dedicated to projects and examples of good practices for cultural heritage valuation in the cities of Europe was held at the hotel "Lighthouse," within the project "Network of Tourist Cities for the Promotion of Cultural Heritage." The organizer is the Secretariat for Tourism, Economic Development, and Entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Herceg Novi, in cooperation with the local Tourism Organization.
Branka Mračević, the Secretariat representative, said that the conference was devoted to the exchange of experiences between the cities and the countries of the European Union and the countries that are still not members on the subject of valorization of material and intangible cultural heritage for the promotion of cities and states.
Mračević also noted that the Secretariat for Tourism, Economic Development, and Entrepreneurship aims to promote, in addition to administrative local government affairs, more activities in co-operation with European partners.
The representative of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism Tamara Đukić said that, according to the development goals defined in Montenegro's Tourism Development Strategy by 2020, our country is undertaking activities and implementing various projects to make Montenegro a high-quality tourist destination with a full year and diversified tourist production.
In support of this is the fact that the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism has started developing a cultural tourism development program of Montenegro, with the Action Plan 2019-2021, which was adopted by the Government last month. The Action Plan foresees the establishment of a working team to be responsible for its implementation with a set of tasks to raise the level of the tourist offer in terms of valorization of our country's material and non-material cultural heritage.
The Ministry of Culture, as a competent national institution, protects cultural heritage from different aspects, said Dobrila Vlahović from that Ministry. She reminded of the significant projects supported by the Ministry of Culture, which relate to the valorization of cultural heritage only from the conservative apse, but also for tourist purposes of the placing of cultural objects and goods in the function of sustainable use.
Vesna Maksimovic, from the regional agency of the Development Center Novo Mesto, said that the idea of a project involving nine more partners from other cities was born out of the long-standing cooperation between that city and Herceg Novi.
"We want to promote cultural tourism and cultural heritage, and our goal is to encourage our citizens from Novo Mesto to come to Herceg Novi and show them what everyone can see here. The project lasts two years, but the main goal is that over the next few years more and more tourists will come to you and that more citizens of Herceg Novi will visit Novo Mesto," Maksimovic said.
The conference presented examples of good practice in Novo Mesto in Slovenia, the Croatian municipality of Konavle, the Polish town of Torun, Kotor and Herceg Novi, as well as the challenges facing local governments in the protection of cultural heritage. The participants are introduced to the cultural heritage of Herceg Novi, which deals with the protection of cultural assets, as well as the cross-border project "Fortress ReInvented," whose realization is ongoing, and the result will be the introduction of digital technologies at Kanli Kula to improve tourism valorization.
In addition to partners from partner cities, the conference was attended by representatives of state authorities, local self-government, tourism organizations, NGOs and the media.
At the end of the conference, participants from eight European countries had the opportunity to visit Kanli Kula, Forte Mare, the Old Town, and the City Museum, and to make their visit closer to the cultural heritage and potentials of Herceg Novi.