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06 Jun 2019, 01:04 AM

04 June 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović received the Assistant Secretary General of UN and Regional Director of UNDP for Europe and the Community of Independent States Mirjana Spoljarić Egger.

President Đukanović welcomed and congratulated her on the recent appointment as the regional director with the wishes for success during the mandate. He expressed satisfaction with her visit to the region and Montenegro as an incentive for future cooperation with UNDP and the upgrading of the partnership relationship. He assessed that Montenegro has many reasons for mutual satisfaction, and that in the past period the expert and overall support of UNDP, which was always in the function of democratic development of Montenegro and realization of foreign policy priorities, was very well used.

On the trail of commitment to co-operation with the UN, the President expressed support for the reform processes of Secretary-General Guterres and Montenegro's intention to continue contributing to the implementation of all the tasks of reform, starting with the preservation of peace until the goals of the 2030 agenda are achieved.

"Activities that are in focus UN and UNDP are to a large extent consistent with the development strategy of Montenegro and the process of joining the European Union," Đukanović said, adding that Montenegro remains open to considering and further organizing the organizational structure in line with the new organization of the actions from UN System in the country as the best way to respond to the complexity of the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy and the Agenda 2030.

In conversation with the Regional Director of UNDP, the President reminded that the main priorities of state policy remain further democratization of society and intensive economic development, and in this context, the importance of presence and improvement of cooperation with UNDP and the UN system as a whole is clearly recognized.

Regional Director of UNDP Mirjana Spoljarić Egger expressed satisfaction with her arrival in Montenegro and meeting with President Đukanović, highlighting excellent cooperation with Montenegrin state and local authorities at all levels.

"The UN reform is an opportunity for even better quality work, a better focus on the substance of the UNDP mandate and strengthening ties with the government," Spoljarić said.

She added that UNDP remains committed to further support through regional policy investments that are relevant to the region, in particular in the direction of institution building, support to institutional reforms and further greening of the economy that will ensure sustainable growth.

"With dedication, you can represent an example of nationalization of the Agenda 2030 in the region," said Spoljarić.

The Regional Director of UNDP reminded that the Agenda offers the opportunity to speed up the EU accession plan, while achieving sustainable development that will benefit the country. In this context, UNDP remains fully open to continue advocating and supporting Montenegro as a candidate for EU membership, a member of the United Nations and a significant factor of regional stability in the future.

05 Jun 2019, 11:55 AM
June 5, 2019 - On the occasion of the trial of one of the initiators of the civic movement ODUPRISE, the signatory of the Agreement on the Future, Demir Hodzic, scheduled for today at 3.20 pm at the Podgorica Offense Court, the organizing committee of the movement addressed the Montenegrin public.
 
"The Podgorica Security Center finds Demir violating the Law on Public Order and Peace, Article 7, which states that a person may be punished if they "publicly offend others or acts drunk." However, it is well known that there is footage of the incident where it is seen that the Prosecution's Podgorica Security Center is complete nonsense," says the ODUPRISE civil movement.
 
"Later, it turned out that the Security Service Representative Slavko Popovic violated the law because he did not show official legitimacy to citizens when they asked him what he was obliged to do. Citizens, including Demir, asked him only because they noticed that he was following them, and then he heard their names said to someone over the phone. However, after the incident, the police did not listen to Popovic, but let him go unchecked."
 
Movement members will be in front of the Misdemeanor Court at 15h. "We want to support not only Demir but also the judiciary to make an independent and just decision in this case. We call on the court to demonstrate that an autonomous system of institutions should function in a free society. We do not allow the system to unjustly condemn civil activists and punish the struggle for freedom while exchanging envelopes that I buy regimes buying the electoral will of citizens and remain unpunished. As for the drastic behavior, we recommend that the Podgorica Security Center review the statements of the Special State Prosecutor for which they held the performance on the day before the Prosecutor's Office building so that they will address that address."
 
"Against the members of the Movement" Overcome - 97,000 "has so far filed over 30 misdemeanor applications. Against Migo Stijepovic and the top of the DPS is none," emphasized the ODUPRISE movement.
04 Jun 2019, 17:51 PM
June 4, 2019 - The ODUPRISE Movement joins the part of the expert public who has the freedom to vote against the apparent punishment of the Montenegrin Constitution in the event of the third consecutive election of Vesna Medenica for the presidency of the Supreme Court, said the organization of the ODUPRISE movement to the Montenegrin public today.
 
"This case deserves our attention and reaction, first of all, because such a gross abuse comes from those most likely to protect the rule of law.
 
The Montenegrin Constitution stipulates that "the same person may be elected for president of the Supreme Court twice" and there is no such creativity in interpretation that can justify the intention of Judicial Council members to elect their boss for the third time. Retroactivity is just a cheap excuse, and the essence is in the replenishment of professional integrity," said the ODUPRISE movement.
 
"We, Montenegrin citizens, have the right to a trial before an independent, impartial and legally established court, which implies that the election of a judge is by the law, and above all, the election of the President of the Supreme Court. The court cannot be independent and independent if judges are elected unconstitutionally. Citizens cannot expect equality before the law if the election of the President of the Supreme Court is opposed to such a clear imperative norm."
 
Citizens assembled in the HOPE Movement are quoting the "Advocates of the Judicial Council as saying this will not happen to them."
 
"We will not allow the head of the judiciary to led by the same person who has twice been elected as President of the Supreme Court and who has been serving for 12 years now. Let us break this violation of the Constitution in the direction of those most likely to protect it because the Constitution was not written for looking for legal holes.
 
Within the legal order, we will begin proceedings that will legitimize us to bring this case in front of the Strasbourg court. We believe that such a situation so far was not recorded in its rich practice.
 
That is why we invite all professional associations and individuals, primarily the lawyers' association and the Montenegrin Chamber of Advocates to publicly distance themselves from the prepared strike on the rule of law under the direction of the Montenegrin Judicial Council," concludes the ODUPRISE movement.
03 Jun 2019, 23:59 PM

June 4, 2019 - The public hearing on Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Courts, announced on 13 May by the Ministry of Justice, was completed yesterday. However, after the reaction of the Chamber of Advocates, which claims that the proposed changes are not in line with the citizens' interest and EU recommendations, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Zoran Pažin, to its President, Zdravko Begovic, promised that the disputed text would be withdrawn from the assembly procedure.

Attorneys from the South Region, gathered at the Chamber of Advocates of Montenegro, warned the public last week and urged citizens of Boka Bay to engage in the public debate on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Courts. One of the amendments made by this Draft is the territorial overlap of the courts, which is not in the interest of the citizens of Boka Bay, or following EU recommendations for rationalization of the judicial network, claim lawyers.
 
The transfer of jurisdiction for the territory of the Budva Municipality from the Basic Court in Kotor to the Basic Court in Cetinje is in the perspective of the removal of a court in Kotor, a town where the courts have been active for more than 600 years. Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Advocates, Danijela Radulović from Kotor, explains:
 
"According to data from 2016, 54% of the cases of the Basic Court in Kotor were related to the territory of Budva municipality. It means that, with the proposed overlap of the jurisdiction of the courts, the Basic Court in Kotor lost more than half of the cases. It would, in turn, lead to the irrefutability, which would result in the extinction of this court. The consequences of such a situation would be borne primarily by the citizens because the court is formed for the needs of citizens, according to criteria of population, geographic distance, and so on. Of course, this would be at the expense of the employees of the Basic Court in Kotor, and the attorneys, therefore having far-reaching consequences."
 
Advocate Radulovic explains that the proposal of territorial over-representation of the courts was given without prior analysis, and was not in line with the recommendations of the European Union, to which the proposer of the law invoked.
 
"For such a proposal, there is no severe analysis that would justify the Cetinje court, which is now a small court with a small number of cases, an irrefutable court, transferring it the part of the jurisdiction of the Basic Court in Kotor. According to the instructions of the European Union, it would be profitable for this court to be accorded to the territorially closer Basic Court in Podgorica, rather than to ensure its survival so that the Basic Court in Kotor becomes economically unjustified. We have no analysis of such a proposal - what are the reasons, qualitative and quantitative, which justify it? It is true that the EU has proposed the rationalization of the judicial network. According to a report prepared by a non-governmental organization dealing with this topic, Human Rights Action, there are 21 judges per 100,000 inhabitants in the EU member states. We have 41 judges in Montenegro. The EU proposes to reduce the number of courts by abolishing those that are irrefutable. They even indicated that these were the courts in Danilovgrad, Žabljak, Plav. Therefore, the proposed rationalization does not apply to the territorial division of the courts," explains Radulovic, thanking the citizens who recognized the importance of this issue and included in the public hearing by submitting a large number of objections to the proposed text of the amendment to the Courts Act.
 
The Chamber of Advocates officially supported South Region lawyers, and its President, Zdravko Begović, met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Zoran Pažin.
 
"At the meeting with Minister Zoran Pažin, the President of the Chamber of Advocates, Zdravko Begović, requested that this Draft be withdrawn from the Assembly procedure, to receive a delegation of the Chamber of Advocates with representatives from the South Region, and to jointly give some criteria that would be justified for the rationalization of the judiciary network. Deputy Prime Minister gave the information to Mr. Begović that this proposal will be withdrawn and that further steps in the creation of amendments to the Courts Act will not be undertaken without agreement with the Chamber of Advocates."
 
02 Jun 2019, 23:13 PM

02 June 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović met in Budva during the 2BS Forum with Ambassador of the United States of America, Judy Rising Reinke.

The Ambassador pointed out that the United States greatly appreciates the partnership of Montenegro and its Euro-Atlantic direction. She expressed full readiness for expert assistance to the reforms we are implementing, starting from the recently published EC Progress Report.

President Đukanović thanked Ambassador Reinke for participating in the Forum, as well as the messages of the support in her presentation to the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the region and Montenegro, and high marks for the reaction of institutions to challenges such as the recent High Court verdict in the case of terrorism attempts in  2016.

With the assessment that Montenegro continues to be committed to achieving strategic goals, the President expressed his belief in the potential of democratic and economic development and the readiness to be a responsible NATO member.

"More than that, we are ready to promote the values ​​of Euro-Atlanticism in the region very consciously, aware of the importance of preserving these values, especially in this time," Đukanović said.

He also added that Montenegro is determined to eliminate all the deficiencies in the further path of EU integration, primarily in the interest of the quality of life of our citizens, where the support of the United States is of particular importance.

The interlocutors agreed with the high-quality bilateral relations between the two countries, with a mutual commitment for further improvement of economic cooperation, through the animation of credible partners that, besides investments, will bring new knowledge and standards to this area.

Đukanović and Reinke exchanged views on current processes in the region, highlighting the importance of faster resolution of open issues for its European and Euro-Atlantic perspective.

01 Jun 2019, 00:17 AM

31 May 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković said in Pristina after the meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj that relations between Montenegro and Kosovo are friendly, that the two countries remain consistent in achieving good-neighbourly, European and Euro-Atlantic goals, and when it comes to economic cooperation, they remain consistent especially in developing the infrastructure.

"It is always my pleasure to come to Pristina to meet with Prime Minister Haradinaj and to discuss all the issues concerning the bilateral relations of the two countries. Today, I was particularly pleased to attend the opening of the Development Centre of Montenegrins in Pristina. This is proof that the two countries have a lasting and essential friendship, that they are committed to the basic values that our countries cherish and the values of the European Union, that multiculturalism and multiethnic harmony, respect for the values of our communities are the greatest support to the sustainability of our countries and our lasting friendship," Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed.

The Prime Minister of Montenegro thanked the Government of Kosovo and its Prime Minister for engaging in the recognition and visibility of the Montenegrin community in Kosovo. "Prime Minister Haradinaj convinced me at this meeting that the Montenegrin community will be institutionally recognisable in the future," PM Marković said.

The meeting discussed bilateral relations, economic cooperation and infrastructure projects.

Montenegro and Kosovo Economic Cooperation and Infrastructure Development1

"Infrastructure development is a key assumption and basis for our accelerated development. I congratulate the Prime Minister and his Government on the results they have achieved in developing the road infrastructure. Montenegro is doing it also and I believe that in the years to come, we will reach your result and your efforts, and this is the best contribution to the connectivity agenda we committed to in Trieste when we signed the Action Plan," Prime Minister Duško Marković noted.

The prime ministers of Montenegro and Kosovo agreed that the opening of the motorway from Pristina to the border of Kosovo and Macedonia is not valuable for these two countries only, but for the entire region.

"This will speed up and connect Macedonia and Kosovo with Montenegro, it will strengthen and improve the movement of citizens and tourists, and at the same time give a new opportunity for our companies and our economy," PM Marković emphasised.

The Prime Minister of Montenegro said that the meeting also discussed the improvement of infrastructure in the border area, on the routes of Peć - Rožaje and Plav - Dečane, adding that the population from both sides of the border demanded it.

"Kosovo and Montenegro are very dynamically developing their relations and their partnership. We are very well aware of the achievement of the key goals of the two countries, and they are European and Euro-Atlantic. Montenegro is at the disposal of our friends from Kosovo to share all the experiences and support we had in the Euro-Atlantic process regarding NATO membership and, of course, our experience in negotiating process with the European Union," Prime Minister Duško Marković said.

Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj repeated the words of Prime Minister Marković, saying that Montenegro and Kosovo remain friends, consistent in achieving their strategic interests, which are not only good-neighbourly, but European and Euro-Atlantic.

31 May 2019, 09:59 AM

May 31, 2019 - The President of the Kotor Municipality Assembly with the imperative provisions of the Law on Local Self-Government, and on the basis of the submitted request - complies the initiative by the newly formed majority assembly to convene the session of the Kotor Assembly, scheduled the 20th session with the proposed agenda - the election of the President of the Municipality of Kotor. The meeting will be held on 14 June 2019, at 6 pm at the palace Bizanti.

President Perovic said that, although the initiative, as well as the previous action for the dismissal of President of the Municipality of Kotor, Vladimir Jokic, was not submitted following the law, which makes it deficient and unreasonable, she filed the request within the statutory deadline.
 
"With this act, I point at all the pressures and speculations of outdated DPS staff - public pretensions to the most responsible functions in legislative and executive power in the city. It is because I am deeply committed to the legitimate work of the management we formed in 2017, and in particular, the work of the local parliament, which, as a legislative body, is most likely to implement and apply the law. Of course, after the elections have taken place, and not after the deliberate overcompensation of the government.
 
However, as now underlined, the affirmed and prospective DPS deputies Aprcovic, Avramovic, and Sudjic revoke their hands from the fact that they are the direct culprits for the current situation in the Municipality of Kotor. I owe the most obvious explanation to the public," Perovic said.
 
"They are the ones who, with the so-called Assembly session of 24 April with its SDP facilitators, our former coalition partners, caused an "extraordinary state" in the Municipality of Kotor!
 
Citizens of Kotor and broader should know that employees in the Kotor Municipality and local public companies did not get their salaries for April. They left you and your families without dinner! Those, the same ones who, after they dismissed Vladimir Jokić, did not propose and elect a person who will serve as chairman until the election of a new president. They are those who knowingly and comprehensibly did it only for the purpose of being able to appear as rescuers now, after a month, just at a time when the Administrative Court and the competent Ministry of Public Administration should make decisions and give instructions for the work of the Municipality of Kotor to introduce it back to legal flows.
 
They are those who bring legal violence as a new manner and model of work on the Montenegrin political and legal scene. They are those, who earned the justification of their act on 24 April just a day later, 25 April, at the Assembly of Montenegro, proposing the so-called Kotor Law on Amendments to the Law on Local Self-Government. The reason is that it is easier for them to open each other, including Pandora's box, just not an electoral one.
 
And finally, I want to tell to this new assembly majority - how they started, they should continue to work, and the best judgment on them and us will be time, "Dragica Perovic, the President of the Kotor Municipal Assembly, told in a statement to the public.
 
31 May 2019, 00:51 AM

30 May 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović received the head of the European Union delegation in Podgorica, Aivo Orav, who handed to him the European Commission Annual Progress Report on Montenegro in the negotiation process.

President Đukanović expressed his satisfaction with the occasion of the meeting, stating that after the delivery of the Report, he will be able to find out more about its contents in more detail. He stressed that, as before, we would be very responsible in accordance with the assessments and recommendations of the Report, starting from the fact that the Report is the view of the partner on the situation in our house and the view of those in whose community we want to enter.

"We will very seriously study the recommendations, in order to further improve the pace and quality of the negotiation process," Đukanović said.

The President expressed satisfaction with the confirmation that Montenegro is in a state capable of facing and overcoming the challenges, especially, as he said, in relation to two key Balkan challenges: internal security and political stability and economic development.

"With the impression that we are on the right track, aware of the remaining work, we will intensify our efforts to continue the process optimally in cooperation with the European Union Office in Podgorica. We believe that we can do more than before and we will do it," Đukanović said.

Ambassador Orav expressed high marks for the achievements of Montenegro in the field of foreign policy and regional cooperation. He also pointed to the assessments in the Report that some areas require more visible progress, and that a new Report for Montenegro is being written from now on.

The interlocutors agreed that for the future of the Region, one of the most important issues is defining the European Unionropean perspective of Albania and North Macedonia, and that the decision of European Union member states to start the negotiations would be its strong confirmation, and of great importance for the entire region.

30 May 2019, 17:38 PM

29 May 2019 - In this year's report, the European Commission has provided precise and detailed guidelines for the high-quality fulfillment of the obligations of joining the European Union, and it is the right moment for every member of Montenegrin society to see their role in the process of European integration and contribute to the EU accession through their work, Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević said. 

The Chief Negotiator and the members of the Negotiating Group presented today the findings of the European Commission's Report on Montenegro to the representatives of Montenegrin media. A working breakfast with journalists on the occasion of the presentation of the EC Report on Montenegro was organised by the Secretariat-General of the Government of Montenegro, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. 

Drljević reminded that this year's Report provides an assessment of the progress made, both in terms of fulfilling the political and economic criteria for EU membership, as well as the ability to take on the obligations of membership in 33 negotiating chapters. 

"The EC recorded the achieved results and Montenegro's progress in the accession process, but also gave precise and detailed guidelines in order to continue with the high-quality fulfillment of the obligations from the accession period, with emphasis on the areas in which additional efforts are needed in order for the reform effects to yield the desired results," Chief Negotiator Drljević stressed. 

He pointed out that in most negotiating chapters, the results and progress achieved during the reporting period were recognised, adding that the Montenegrin side is ready to open the last chapter 8, to obtain benchmarks for closing chapters 23 and 24, as well as to temporarily close several chapters. 

"The evaluations from the Report will serve as guidelines for further reform work whose ultimate goal is to achieve European quality of life in Montenegro. The publication of the EC Report represents a right opportunity for all members of our society, to see their role in the process of European integration and contribute to Montenegro's membership in the EU through their dedicated work," the Chief Negotiator emphasised. 

Journalists were interested in how the institutions will treat the recommendations contained in the Report, as well as the negotiators' comment on freedom of expression assessments and the plan to overcome all the challenges highlighted in the Report on the professionalism and efficiency of the judiciary. 

Negotiator for chapters 23 and 24 Marijana Laković is pleased with the progress made in the judicial reform, pointing out that the Draft Strategy for Judicial Reform has planned measures that are in line with EC recommendations. 

"When it comes to freedom of expression, the Government has made efforts to improve the situation during the reporting period, among other things, by changing the set of media laws whose adoption is expected by the end of this year. The dedication of the police and judiciary institutions is reflected in the fact that from four attacks on journalists three have been solved by final convictions, while hopefully, the court epilogue of the attack on journalist Oliver Lakić is expected soon. The EC highlighted the weakness of media self-regulation. It is not up to the Government, but up to you, representatives of the media community and the Government will provide full support in resolving this issue, without any interference with the independence of self-regulation," Laković said. 

Answering the question about the duration of the negotiation process, the Chief Negotiator said that he was satisfied with the work done, but it is ungrateful to forecast the date of EU accession. 

"There is still a lot of work to be done before accession. It is important to us that the perspective of membership exists, and the date of accession will depend not only on us, but also on the situation in the EU and its member states. We are aware that various events, such as Brexit, the migrant crisis and internal consolidation in the EU, reflect on the enlargement policy. We cannot influence events in the Union, but we can continue with our reform activities," Drljević concluded.

30 May 2019, 17:34 PM

29 May 2019 - Montenegro continues to be a leader in the process of joining the European Union, and therefore retains the position of a stable and honest partner of the European Union in the Balkans, Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin told the press following his meeting with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro Aivo Orav, who handed over to the Deputy Prime Minister the annual report on Montenegro's progress in the process of the EU accession.

"Montenegro does not expect and does not want the EU to turn a blind eye to it or to be admitted to the European Union before it fully meets all the necessary conditions for full membership. We responsibly accept the work that is ahead of us and we also expect that our efforts and results will be recognised and confirmed promptly. Montenegro's membership in the European Union is possible only if we are equally interested in it, both our European partners and us," said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He noted that the leading position of Montenegro in the current policy of enlargement of the European Union is not only an epithet, but also an obligation. "Montenegro, as a country where a clear institutional and legal framework has been established, today also shows that institutions are ready to implement laws, without exception and with a clear goal - to strengthen the country in which every citizen feels safe and lives a dignified life from their work, where institutions function as citizens' service. Of course, there is still more work to be done before we can start the final phase of the accession process that is waiting for us, as we hope for, from the end of this year. "

The Deputy Prime Minister expressed confidence that the Report will be a clear indication to all member states that Montenegro has achieved notable progress in the area of ​​the rule of law and that it is willing to open negotiations by the end of the year in the remaining Chapter 8, but also to get the closure criteria for negotiations in chapters 23 and 24 .

He announced that the Government would pay special attention this year to fulfiling certain recommendations he believes can contribute to further strengthening of credibility and trust in the institutions of the system. "In particular, I would like to emphasise certain activities that will be undertaken towards the strengthening of institutions dealing with the prevention of corruption, as well as further improvement of the environment for the professional work of the media."

He expressed satisfaction that the European Commission also showed that the enlargement policy is alive, stating that Montenegro, with 32 open and three temporarily closed chapters, is proud to retain the position of a leader in the enlargement policy, in which the first next candidate achieved only half such success.

"I would like to congratulate our friends from North Macedonia and Albania on the achieved success - getting the recommendation for opening of the EU accession negotiations, because their success is the success of the entire region, and when we have countries in the region that are on a clear path of adopting Western values, it is easier for Montenegro to persist and succeed on that path," the Deputy Prime Minister concluded.

30 May 2019, 14:26 PM

May 30, 2019 - A public debate on the draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Courts is in progress. The draft includes, among other things, the amendment of the local jurisdiction of the Basic Court in Kotor, so that the Basic Court in Cetinje is competent for the territory of the Municipality of Budva. According to attorneys of the South Region, gathered in the Attorney Chamber of Montenegro, such a proposal is unacceptable, because the court of Kotor may then come to the category of economically inexperienced courts, which could ultimately lead to its abolition because of the request for rationalization. It would have caused the most significant damage to citizens of Boka.

The public hearing on amendments to the Law on Courts, which the Ministry of Justice opened on May 13 with a deadline of 20 days, runs until Sunday, June 2.
 
Attorneys appeal to citizens of Boka Bay to comment on the proposed changes to the Courts Act, because the difference in the part of the local jurisdiction of the Basic Court in Kotor without any valid reason meant the privilege of the courts in the interior and the north and the marginalization of the significance of the coast for Montenegro. Attorneys also underline the violation of the constitutional principle of respect for fundamental human rights of citizens related to the protection of rights before the courts according to local jurisdiction and respect for local self-government.
 
In remarks addressed to the Ministry of Justice, attorneys from the South Region recall that, according to the medium-term plan of rationalization of the judicial network, the essential taken criteria are the number of inhabitants, the geographical distance and the court's burden.
 
"Has the number of inhabitants reduced or changed the geographical position of Budva or the intention is to justify the formation of a unit that had only 100 new cases in 2019?" - ask lawyers in their remarks, suggesting that the situation with the economic inability of the Basic Court in Cetinje can be solved by being attached to the Basic Court in Podgorica.
 
"Taking into account the number of inhabitants of the Kotor, Tivat and Budva municipalities, which according to the data from the medium-term plan of rationalization were over 40,000 inhabitants, transferring almost 50% of the cases of the Kotor Basic Court leads to a misbalance in the organizational sense. "According to a lawyer's opinion, this could ultimately lead to the dismissal of the law institution with the longest tradition in Montenegro.
 
 The Court exists and is founded to protect the interests of local citizens, and without its existence, there is no basis in the Constitution and the laws of Montenegro," states the objections addressed to the Ministry of Justice.
 
Attorneys point out that the transfer of local authority caused a great deal of damage to the interests of the citizens of Tivat, Kotor, and Budva since the local authority of the old Austro-Hungarian survey and the old cadastre covered all three municipalities. It is no coincidence that the court's existence in Kotor, as the Bokelian administrative center, has a tradition of more than 600 years, mark attorneys.
 
Consequently, South Region attorneys seek that part of the amendments to the law, which is to propose that the Basic Court in Cetinje extend its jurisdiction over the territory of the Municipality of Budva to the exclusion of Jurisdiction of the Basic Court in Kotor, is removed from the draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Courts.
 
Bearing in mind EU instructions, attorneys suggest to the Ministry of Justice that instead of territorial delimitation of the courts in the interest of the protection of certain courts to survive, rationalize in such a way that the Basic Court of Cetinje and the Basic Court Danilovgrad, as economically unprofitable, closer to the Basic Court in Podgorica.
 
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