Euro-Atlantic integration

European integration in the Western Balkans remains one of the last challenges for building a democratic and united Europe. The prospect of integration into the EU and NATO is a powerful driver of reforms, economic prosperity and rule of law. They represent participation in European decision-making table and guarantees for security.

CEDEM is recognized as an organization strongly promoting Euro-Atlantic values. One of its activities in this area is writing policy proposals and policy briefs on the processs of Montenegro's integration with NATO. In cooperation with foundations Konrad Adenauer (Germany) and Robert Schuman (France), CEDEM organizes an annual regional conference, "European integration of Western Balkan countries - challenges and constraints", which is attended by high-ranking officials, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic corps and the academic community, civil society and media. Representatives of CEDEM are organizers or participants in many panel discussions, presentations and public debates on this topic. Through this department, CEDEM is successfully implementing an educational program on the EU, designed for the best students of the social science faculties in Montenegro.


Centar za demokratiju i ljudska prava je u okviru projekta "Podsticanje potpune ravnopravnosti društva", podržanog od strane Ministarstva prosvjete, ljudskih i manjinskih prava održao dvodnevnu obuku za policijske i službenike komunalne policije i inspekcije.

Osnovni cilj obuke je da se obezbijedi adekvatnija primjena Zakona o javnom redu i miru, odnosno Zakona o izboru, upotrebi i javnom isticanju nacionalnih simbola, kroz jačanje kapaciteta državnih organa koji sprovode, odnosno vrše primjenu, kontrolu i/ili nadzor nad pomenutim i zakonima koji su im u korelaciji.
Prvo predavanje na temu: “Zakon o izboru, upotrebi i javnom isticanju nacionalnih simbola: od dostavljanja predloga zakona do njegovog stupanja na snagu” održao je bivši generalni direktor Direktorata za unapredjenje i zaštitu prava manjinskih naroda i drugih manjinskih, nacionalnih zajednica u Ministarstvu ljudskih i manjinskih prava, gospodin Leon Djokaj.
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Drugo i treće predavanje je održao tužilac Osnovnog državnog tužilaštva u Podgorici, gospodin Vukas Radonjić, a o upotrebi i isticanju nacionalnih i državnih simbola u nacionalnom i uporednom zakonodavstvu, kao i krivičnopravnoj zaštiti državnih i nacionalnih simbola.
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U toku drugog dana obuke, sutkinja Višeg suda za prekršaje u Podgorici, gospodja Larisa Begović, govorila je o prekršajnopravnoj zaštiti državnih i nacionalnih simbola, kao i aktuelnim pitanjima i dilemama pri primjeni Zakona o javnom redu i miru i Zakona o izboru, upotrebi i javnom isticanju nacionalnih simbola.
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Obuka je realizovana u okviru projekta “Podsticanje potpune ravnopravnosti društva” podržanog od strane Ministarstva pravde, ljudskih i manjinskih prava.
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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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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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