02 Dec 2019, 11:12 AM

The first oil well exploration in the Montenegrin submarine will be established in the spring between Bar and Ulcinj, about 26 kilometers offshore, the Ministry of Economy confirmed.

By the end of next year, it will also be known whether Montenegro has significant amounts of oil for commercial use, “Vijesti” writes.

Montenegro has granted concessions to foreign companies to seek oil.

The ministry recalled that, in accordance with the obligations under the concession contract for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, Eni-Novatek dealers completed 3D geophysical surveys of the Montenegrin submarine on blocks four, five, nine and ten in November and December last year.

"The processing of the collected data is being executed in stages, it is still underway and it is expected that it will be completed by the end of the year," the Ministry of Economy said.

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

01 Dec 2019, 13:13 PM
December 1, 2019 - As part of the project "Women's Social Entrepreneurship in Culture," the NGO Creative Center Tivat is organizing the second of six exhibitions planned to present to the public the creative work of about 30 women who gravitate to this society. The interactive presentation will be staged at the Regatta Cafe in Seljanovo on Sunday from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Iva Gopcevic Celanovic, President of the Organization and Project Coordinator, is emphasizing the need to share creative energy and allow creative women to present their work and share the enthusiasm with others, from which they will draw inspiration for new creative cycles. Gopcevic Celanovic reiterated that there are a large number of creatives in Tivat who need a meeting place, which is one of the goals that this project aims to achieve.
"We believe that the comfortable space for creating and exhibiting our handicrafts is the space of the former MarMar Cafe in Donja Lastva. We have launched a petition on our website, urging fellow citizens to join us in our efforts to persuade local government officials to entrust us with this public space. With such a creative hub, we would offer Tivat and Lastva new content that, in addition to artistic ones, would also have significant entrepreneurial potential, especially in the context of tourism, "Iva Gopcevic Celanovic told Radio Tivat.
The Regatta will present works in various techniques today. In addition to art paintings, handicrafts painted natural materials, and visitors will also be able to see photographs, art installations, jewelry, artwork created at the loom.
The exhibitions are just one of the segments of the Women's Social Entrepreneurship in Culture project, through which Tivcan women and Tivat guests were offered a range of free creative workshops, as well as yoga and meditation classes. The project is being implemented through the RELOAD program, sponsored by the EU, implemented by UNDP in Montenegro, and the workshops, which will last for another five months, are open to all interested.
01 Dec 2019, 10:17 AM

December 1, 2019 - Delegates of the eighth DPS Congress held today in Podgorica re-elected Mr Milo Đukanović as the party leader, while Mr Duško Marković was re-elected as a deputy leader of the party. There were 598 delegates who took part in the work of the Congress, and after all the votes were counted, it was noted that two votes concerning Mr Đukanović were invalid, and as for Mr Marković, two were invalid and two against his election for the function of the party’s vice-president.

“We have fulfilled all the promises made at the previous congress. We have managed to preserve Montenegro’s stability, to join NATO and move towards the EU, which are important steps in the area of economic and democratic development,” President Đukanović said after his re-election.

According to him, the DPS is steadily moving towards the Europeanization and emancipation of the Montenegrin society, and it creates conditions for a quality life of citizens.

“Over the last four years, the DPS has more or less won all the electoral victories. The party is in power in 17 municipalities. There is no room for being relaxed. We have a long-term mission. There are challenges regarding further economic development because in that way it’s possible to solve numerous social problems,” he was adamant.

Mr Đukanović and Mr Marković were the only candidates running for these posts.


In addition, the Congress elected the Main Committee comprising 146 members, the Statutory Commission, the Supervisory Board and adopted the party’s Political Program.

Text by CDM on November 30, 2019, read more here

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30 Nov 2019, 12:45 PM

November 30, 2019 - State Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Mr Damir Davidović, welcomed Mexican ambassador to Montenegro, Mr Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco to discuss improving the cooperation between the two states.


Mr Garcia Blanco hailed Montenegro’s achievements in tourism and pointed out that Montenegro and Mexico could establish high-quality strategic cooperation and exchange in the domain of tourism.

Ambassador acquainted Mr Davidović with the “Tianguois Turistico” trade fair which is taking place in March of 2020 and he said Montenegro’s presentation was very welcome. Mexican tourists see our country and as very exotic and attractive destination and are very interested in it.


Mr Davidović acquainted ambassador with the activities which are underway in Montenegro, and with current policies and goals in the area of tourism. He said that cooperation with the South American market would have positive effects on Montenegro’s overall development.

“Tianguis Turistico” is the most important event in the tourism sector in Mexico. It gathers entrepreneurs, hoteliers, tourism agents, tour operators and specialized media of tourism economy from over 80 countries in the world. It is seen as a professional, dynamic and highly productive international event that provides interaction of interested parties. It will be held in 2020, in Yucatán.

Text by CDM on November 29, 2019, read more here.

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29 Nov 2019, 23:50 PM
November 29, 2019 - Villa Galeb in Igalo, the former residence of Josip Broz Tito, lifelong president of the SFR Yugoslavia, was opened to tourists five years ago. Interest in this intriguing building is growing year by year. From June to the end of October this year, with about four and a half thousand visitors, ticket sales generated EUR 12.5 thousand in revenue.
Villa Galeb is open for visits all year round, but only for groups of ten or more people. Visitors can see the premises where Tito met with his associates and guests, watched movies, one of the apartments where his close associates were staying, as well as his, and his wife Jovanka's apartment, the most exclusive parts of Tito's Villa. Old furniture has been retained in most of the building. So right next to the entrance, there are still 51 armchairs for members of the Central Committee in the congress hall where the former Federal Executive Council sat.
Visitors come from all over the world, mostly from countries from the former Yugoslavia, Western Europe, and Russia, but also from New Zealand, Canada.
Alen Filipovic, a Villa Galeb guide, said that this summer's visit included the Prime Minister of an African country with his family, as well as German and Austrian ambassadors who could not agree on whether Herta Hess, Tito's second wife, was German or Austrian.
Filipovic points out that visitors are most interested in Tito's cabinet and that they stay there for the longest time. The guide tells tourists the curiosities and anecdotes from Tito's stay in Igalo, such as when he "escaped" his security, which later found him at a family home in Igalo drinking brandy with his host.
Tito has visited this Villa four times, the first time it was built, and the last time on April 15, 1979, when a catastrophic earthquake struck Montenegro. He and his entourage toured the entire Riviera that morning and appealed to the republics of the former Yugoslavia to help Montenegro. He spent the night before leaving in a tent, left Igalo on April 16 and return to Belgrade. His wife, Jovanka, was at the Villa Galeb only once.
Another residence was built for Tito in the municipality of Herceg Novi - the Lovcenka villa in the former Military Hospital in Meljine. However, he never stayed there. When the complex of the Center for Military Medical Institutions in Meljine, where Lovcenka is located, bought a consortium led by the Atlas Group, the Villa was planned to be demolished due to, as explained, "instability and slippage of the terrain." It is still there, and in recent years it has housed the Azmont Studio Center, which is working on a project for the Portonovi tourist complex in Kumbor.
Villa Galeb was built in 1976 after his first visit to Herceg Novi. One of the main reasons for the construction was the mild climate and proximity to the  Dr. Simo Milosevic Institute and extraordinary medical and therapeutic services that greatly influenced Tito's improved health status. The Villa was designed by Milorad Petijevic, an architect from Herceg Novi, and was built in just six months.
In about 5,600 square meters of living space, there are several apartments, a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a study, a kitchen, the therapeutic area. Villa Galeb has a mineral water pool, mud and pearl tubs, a section for hydro, electro and Chinese therapy, and a trim hall.
In addition to his famous blue apartment and fireplace, Tito spent most of his free time in a movie theater where he used to enjoy relaxing watching cowboy movies in the evenings, and occasionally held concerts for him. The Villa also houses an atomic shelter made in case of war. 
Villa Galeb is designed for an extremely comfortable stay of 30 guests with the possibility of using medical and rehabilitation services. It has hosted, among other things, many world statesmen, as well as public figures.
Tito's Villa hosted Safia Gaddafi, Helmut Schmidt, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka's prime minister, Huari Bumedien, president of Algeria, and in 1978 a young Prince Charles was on a one-day visit.
This remarkable building has been operating within the Institute since the late 1980s. Ten years ago, the Villa was rented by a Russian travel agency Travel Center from Moscow. The first year guests were high-class tourists from Russia. Among others, the Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, Bulgarian businessman Petar Mazukov and many others spent the summer here. Leonov also met with Tito, and still thinks he was a great statesman.
Text by Slavica Kosić
29 Nov 2019, 10:58 AM

Just before the coldest period of the year, twenty new homes, already in use, arrived in the Herceg Novi Asylum for Abandoned Dogs. Shelters at Dizdarica were provided by the Municipality of Herceg Novi, which, together with the company “Cistoca” and volunteers, is working to improve the conditions for dog care in this facility.

The dog houses were necessary and important, and how much they contributed to improving the treatment of animals, assured today the Mayor of Herceg Novi, Stevan Katic, who visited the Asylum with his associates. He expressed his satisfaction with the way in which the business of procuring, assembling and installing the houses was realized, as well as the functioning of the Asylum.

Cooperation between local government and “Cistoca” with volunteers is a good way to identify needs and continue to improve conditions in the Asylum, Katic said. As he pointed out, the local government also included in the draft Budget for 2020 the funds for the work of Asylum, recognizing that this facility is a need of the city and that it is important to provide good conditions for the care of abandoned animals.

He thanked the citizens who adopted the dogs, as well as those who significantly assisted with their donations. He invited everyone who wanted a pet to visit the Asylum and find a new friend.


Visit to the Asylum for dogs

Director of the company “Cistoca” Vladimir Arsic emphasized that the houses are very appropriate, especially before the winter. According to him, the value of this purchase is about three thousand euros, and after that came the sand that will cover the area for the movement of dogs. At present, 84 dogs are housed in the Asylum, with five employees collecting, housing and caring for animals.

Arsic points out that asylum costs are quite substantial, amounting to between five and six thousand euros a month. It functions thanks to the assistance of citizens, individuals and businesses, Arsic says, and thanks in particular to the company “Vodovod i kanalizacija” (Water supply and Sewage) and anonymous donors for the larger amount of food they donate during the month.

The director adds that another expense is the reimbursement for the use of the facility, worth 222 euros a month, which is paid by “Cistoca” to the Ministry of Defense as the owner of the space. He added that significant funds were invested in the renovation of these premises, for which the Ministry failed to obtain a refund.

Five registered volunteers work at the asylum. One of them, volunteer Jasna Cavic, said that they were trying to secure various donations in food and equipment, but also to promote the adoption of dogs. She believes that procedures for asylum visits need to be facilitated and that volunteerism in Herceg Novi should be at a higher level.

Text by Boka News, on November 28th, 2019, read more at Boka News

29 Nov 2019, 10:55 AM

The Tourism Organization Tivat informs the public that five New Year's bazaars will be held as part of the Tivat Winter Fairytale 2020 project.

These bazaars will be organized by the NGO “Harlekin” every Sunday of the month at Riva Pine starting at 11 am.

The first in a row will take place as early as Sunday, December 1, with the next ones coming on December 8, 15, 22 and 28. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a rich selection of handmade souvenirs, decorations, and various themed handicrafts, which will be found on the ornate stands along the Pine promenade.

Come and be part of the Winter Tale in Tivat.

Text by Boka News, on November 29th, 2019, read more at Boka News

29 Nov 2019, 04:00 AM

Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs Osman Nurković, who is in London for a regular session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), met with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

Following a presentation on the maritime situation and the challenges that this area presents for Montenegro, Minister Nurković made a request of the Secretary-General for assistance, particularly in facilitating training, adopting regulations, adopting protocols and overcoming gaps and challenges which were identified by IMO representatives following a recent control audit of Montenegro, an IMO Member State.

The Secretary-General of IMO praised Montenegro’s efforts to reach the highest international standards and pledged to provide both technical and administrative assistance.

Minister Nurković praised the work of the team from the IMO Member State Audit Scheme that had recently visited Montenegro and had highlighted specific issues that needed to be addressed in order to achieve the highest international maritime standards.

Such high-level meetings in this area bear witness to the fact that Montenegro is recognised as a serious maritime nation striving to achieve the highest international standards.

28 Nov 2019, 10:46 AM
November 28, 2019 - The idea of ​​building a regional hospital for patients from the Boka area is increasingly gaining public attention. In the interview for Radio Kotor, Director of Kotor General Hospital, Dr. Ivan Ilic pointed out that recently, the Ministry of Health has shown considerable interest in paying particular attention to this topic.
"The fact is that the state should address this investment. I recently received a message from the minister that the plan to build a regional hospital would be part of the strategic budget for next year. I do not know how possible this realization is at the moment, but it is certainly of utmost importance the information I've received recently," said Dr. Ilic.
He reminded that Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was also introduced to the idea.
"Combining the staff and equipment of all three hospitals in the Kotor municipality in one place is the only strategy that guarantees the quality development of the hospital service in the area of Boka," said Dr. Ilic.
According to Ilic, the Municipality of Kotor has recently offered assistance in the realization of this significant project.
 "I had a meeting with the mayor Željko Aprcović, who promised wholehearted assistance. It would be realistic for a regional hospital to be located near an industrial zone in the Kotor area. This would bring the fastest growing cities in the region, such as Budva and Tivat, within a few kilometers, and the arrival of patients from Herceg Novi could be solved by ferry, sea transport, or ambulance," says Dr. Ilic.
It is, he said, a significant investment that is certainly not easy to secure. "However, when it comes to combining staff and equipment - this story should be our future, and that's why I try to update it whenever possible in public," said Dr. Ilic.
Ilic recalls that there are ways to secure funds from some investment banks and the European Development Fund. "After all - the sites where the General Hospital and the Special Hospital for Psychiatry are located are attractive and have a price that can be part of the investment capital for the construction of a new hospital," said Dr. Ilic.
Kotor General Hospital, to which gravitates about 80,000 potential patients from the Boka region, as well as a large number of visitors, has a space problem. "We work hard, but we have no more space. These are not the conditions that a modern hospital in this century should have," said Dr. Ilic.
The Kotor General Hospital employs a total of 231 people. "Among them, there are 47 doctors, 13 of whom are in the specialization, 124 are nurses and technicians. We also hire medical staff under a contract, without which it would also be challenging to function." Dr. Ilic said, recalling that the new systematization provides employment opportunities for staff, but also that the institution's annual budget "cannot cover the costs necessary for new hires."
"With the current budget, we can barely meet all the obligations, considering the current headcount. Nevertheless, we are recognized as an institution that functions very rationally. But the question is how long it can work in these conditions. We have to wait for the budget for the coming year, which, if increased, would allow us new employment. So far, things are working with the enthusiasm of the employees, but strengthening the staff structure is essential," concluded Dr. Ilić, a guest on the Radio Kotor program.
Source: Radio Kotor
28 Nov 2019, 10:04 AM

The project for the construction of the new town of Lustica Bay is the winner of the renowned award "Resort project of the year", as decided by the jury of the Fifth Annual International Real Estate Forum in Eastern Europe, held in Kyiv, Ukraine.

It is an event that brings together the Eastern European business community and corporate customers operating throughout Europe, Asia and Russia each year under one roof.

Planning and development of Lustica Bay as a new sustainable tourist-residential destination, high investment value estimated at €1.1 billion, integration into the environment, and high standards in construction, management and service, made the Lustica Bay project.


The award ceremony highlighted Montenegro as the fastest growing tourist destination with great real estate investment potential, with particular emphasis on the Lustica Bay project. There was a lot of interest in economic citizenship and investment through this project, said Slavica Milic, Marketing Manager at Lustica Development.

Addressing the guests at the gala ceremony, Milic recalled that the award comes after a full year since the iconic marina resort and Chedi Hotel - the first of seven planned hotels in Lustica Bay - opened last year and marked the beginning of the city's operational life.

The forum organizers are URE Club as a professional real estate organization, and - a prestigious real estate promotion platform.

This award is the jubilee one, the 10th award that has been awarded to Lustica Bay since the project began.

Lustica Bay received the European Property Award as the best residential project in November, and the company was also recognized for being the best website in the category of development projects in Europe. At the beginning of the year, the project received the “European Property Award for Best Residential Development for Montenegro” as the best residential development project.

Text by Dragan Popadic, on November 27th, 2019, read more at Radio Tivat

27 Nov 2019, 13:05 PM

The number of victims of the powerful earthquake that hit Albania yesterday has reached 25.

Authorities said four more were confirmed early this morning, with more than 600 injured in the earthquake that struck Durres and the surrounding area.

Citizens in Durres sleep in tents and cars and at a football stadium while the accompanying concussions continue.

A day of mourning was declared in Albania. Flags at all institutions will be lowered to half the spear.


Residents sleep outside (Photo: Beta-AP)

On the territory of Durres, Albania, 120 kilometers from Podgorica, the first and strongest earthquake was recorded yesterday early in the morning (just before 4.00 am). The material damage is enormous.

The Albanian Geological Institute said earlier this afternoon that 253 seismic activities had been recorded in Albania since the initial earthquake.


AFP news agency


VIDEO: People search through the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Thumane, northwest of #Albania's capital Tirana, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area


Help arrives

Ten countries in Europe and the region are ready to assist Albania in the aftermath of the earthquake series this morning, with 52 emergency personnel from Romania and 40 members of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) arriving in Tirana.

Albanian Prime Minister Eddie Rama has announced that assistance is coming from Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.


RTS reports that the Greek Air Force's C-130 "Hercules" transport aircraft has landed at Rinas Airport, and that Greek rescuers are the first foreign crew to arrive in aid of Albanians affected by the earthquake.

Albania's Java News portal reported that a plane with 52 members of Romania's special emergency units arrived in Tirana to help Albania repair the aftermath.

The KSF commander, Rahman Rama, confirmed that his troops are already in Albania to help eliminate the consequences of the earthquake.


Rama said that the KSF was ready to send an additional number of members if needed.

According to him, members of the KSF search and rescue unit, 40 of them, are specialized and well equipped to search under the ruins.

Text by Vijesti online and BETA Agency, on November 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

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