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Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) published an analysis on the experience of cooperation between the civil sector and state institutions and bodies in the process of European integration in Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia, with a set of recommendations for improving the mechanisms of cooperation and dialogue in these countries. 

CEDEM conducted a comparative analysis of the experience of the civil sector and state institutions and bodies in the project "Education and Dialogue to the EU" which is financially supported by the Ministry of Public Administration and in cooperation with distinguished professors of the University of Montenegro, the University of Zagreb and the University of Belgrade with the aim of promoting synergy, cross-sectoral cooperation and dialogue between the civil sector and state institutions and bodies, but also to develop new models of consultation and cooperation in specific areas.

The publication is an analysis of the institutional, legislative and social framework of the cooperation of the three countries with the civil sector, which contains guidelines for increasing the democratic capacities of institutions, respectively the democratization of society in general.

 

 


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With the financial support of the Ministry of Public Administration, CEDEM is implementing the project "e-Democracy: Civic participation in the digital era". This project implements activities aimed at encouraging citizens to participate in the decision-making process using modern tools.

Every adult citizen of Montenegro or foreigner with permanent residence in our country can submit or vote for an electronic petition related to one of the areas of work of the Government of Montenegro. Any petition that receives at least 3,000 citizens' support within 60 days will be turned over to a formal initiative by the competent ministry and submitted to the Government for consideration.

The aim of the Voice of Citizens - ePetition is to enable citizens, in a simple way, to assist the Government in its constructive initiatives in its commitment to exercise constitutional competencies to the best and best interests of all citizens of Montenegro.

For more details, see the animation video of the e-petition by clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9td9ioN9O8


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In the year after the major changes in the European Union (EU) itself, after the elections and Brexit, it is important for both Montenegro and the entire Western Balkans to maintain a realistic EU enlargement agenda, which aims to adopt the standards and values of democracy and open civil society, said the Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), Milena Bešić, at the opening of the panel discussion "European Integration of Montenegro and the Presidency's Opportunities for the EU Council in the Context of Enlargement Policy"

"Regardless of the adoption of the new enlargement methodology, the program should remain proactive and thoroughly implemented. It is therefore crucial for governments to step up their efforts to advance democracy and the rule of law," Bešić said.

Montenegro's Deputy Chief EU Negotiator, Marko Mrdak, stressed that there is currently no better topic and occasion for discussion than the recently released new EC accession negotiations methodology and that although it has in some ways served as an impetus for re-updating EU enlargement policy and providing political support, it is a good overture for the upcoming EU-ZB Council, which is scheduled for May in Zagreb.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to Montenegro, Veselko Grubišić, reiterated that the Croatian Presidency would advocate the continuation of consistent, effective and credible enlargement policy, as a precondition for stability, security and further economic development and cohesion in Europe.

The moderator of the panel discussion, Marko Pejović, stated at the beginning of the panel discussion that there does not seem to be a better date for holding the panel discussion, considering that in the past period from numerous addresses in the EU, the focus has been on EU enlargement, where meetings in as part of the preparations for the Summit of Leaders of all EU Member States and the Western Balkans, as well as the impact of Croatia's EU Council Presidency.

A member of the negotiating team of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and a lecturer at the University of Donja Gorica, Dr. Vladimir Ateljević, pointed out that the enlargement policy is now the most in focus, compared to the last 20 years, which, according to him, the events from October 2019 to today, which coincide with CEDEM's activities.

UDG Humanities lecturer, Nikoleta Đukanović, stressed that the various crises have shaken the EU for a long time, but that they have managed to overcome each, and expressed hope that the current challenges facing the EU will not stop the integration of the Western Balkan countries.

Professor at the University of Montenegro and President of the Montenegrin Pan-European Union, Prof. dr Gordana Đurović, emphasized that Montenegro had done a lot in the previous period, but that in the course of the negotiation process so far, Montenegro had to focus more on the 'import' of values from the EU and less on the import of goods and services. She also referred to current political developments in Montenegro, noting the importance of peacekeeping as a precondition for any progress.

The panel discussion was held within the project "Education and Dialogue to the EU", supported by the Ministry of Public Administration.


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CEDEM implements the project "e-Democracy: Civic Participation in the Digital Era" with the financial support of the Ministry of Public Administration. This project implements activities aimed at encouraging citizens to participate in the decision-making process using modern tools.

Civic participation in socio-political processes is reasonably considered as one of the basic indicators of the degree development of a democratic society and one of the basic factors of a democratic political system. In this regard, in order to inform citizens about the news in the field of e-participation and to point it out in a simple and creative way the importance of public consultations and public debates, CEDEM has created a video animation on electronic participation adapted for the general public.

Within the eGovernment portal - www.euprava.me, there is an improved eParticipation system which includes four modules: Invitation for consultation, Invitation to participate in working groups, Invitation to public debate and Public announcement.

Through this service, citizens can actively participate in the creation of laws and other strategic documents, can express opinions and positions in public debates, and in that sense engage in social flows and the decision-making process.

For more details on this portal and how to participate, see the e-participation video animation by clicking the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYil85qtRkE


 

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Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), in cooperation with RT Pljevlja and  NGO Green Home, started the implementation of the project "Environmental reporting media Hub - NORTH". The two-year project is being implemented with the financial support of the European Commission through the Media Professionalization Program in Montenegro.

The Action is prepared at a time when Montenegro is required to intensify its efforts on implementation and enforcement, in particular on nature protection, industrial pollution, risk, and waste management, as well as civil protection, as outlined in Montenegro 2019 Report on Chapter 27 on one side, and enhancing media freedoms, as outlined in Action Plans for Chapter 23 which are at the heart of the negotiation process, on the other side.

In this regard, the overall objective of this action is to strengthen participatory democracy and the EU integration process in Montenegro by empowering and stimulating media quality, professionalism and investigative journalism in the area of environment and negotiating Chapter 27.

Specific objective(s) of this project are to enhance the capacity of journalists in the northern part of Montenegro to investigate and report on key environmental topics, by using free access to information tools, in a professional and ethical manner and through cooperation with civil sector in this field of interest.

Primarily target group(s) of this project are media professionals, as well as students of journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, free-lance and active citizen journalists, but also  CSOs dealing with environmental issues from northern Montenegro.

Activities are divided into three clusters that will contribute to:

  1. Upgrade media professionals’ skills, knowledge, and capacities for investigative reporting on the environment, through the use of new tools, mentoring and coaching;
  2. Strengthening content of investigative reporting on transparency and the right to information in the field of environment affecting social and economic issues;
  3. Raise awareness and interactions among journalists, CSOs and citizens

 

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Center for Democracy and Human Rights is launching a contest for students of the Gender Equality School.

The school is being implemented as part of the project "We share responsibility - promoting gender equality policies!" ", which CEDEM implements with the support of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.

The aim of the School is to contribute to greater respect for women's rights and to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, by informing students about gender equality policies and the importance of women's representation in senior and managerial positions. The school also aims to strengthen its professional capacity to take specific measures to achieve gender equality, having in mind that it is aimed at young professionals from different fields.

The School is especially focused on:

  1. students of law, political science and journalism;
  2. young employees in government institutions;
  3. young leaders of political parties in Montenegro and
  4. young civil society actors.

Additionally, we encourage young people from the natural sciences to apply for participation in the School!

The lecturers are going to be national and regional experts in the field of gender equality and combating violence against women.

 The School will be held from 20 February to 20 March 2020 in Podgorica, in the afternoon hours. The number of students is limited to 25. All students upon graduation will receive a certificate and the right to participate in other project activities.

If you wish to attend the School, interested applicants can send a CV and a short letter of motivation (no more than 200 words) to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 7, 2020, with the indication: “Application for participation in the School of Gender Equality. "

For any additional questions regarding the School, project or program activity, please feel free to contact us via e-mail or telephone: 020 234 114.


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