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.


Investigative journalism is possible to contribute to changes in everything that needs to change in Montenegro, and it is very important that journalists dealing with this type of journalism get the status of officials. This was announced at the press conference of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) on the presentation of the results of the project "Improving Local Media Practices in the Fight Against Corruption and Organized Crime", financially supported by the United States Embassy in Montenegro. Project Coordinator (CEDEM), Marko Pejovic, said that the project's goal is to contribute to Euro-Atlantic integration of Montenegro through increasing the quality of the credibility of investigative journalism in the field of corruption and organized crime."The purpose of the project was to strengthen the capacities of local journalists that would result in a more professional approach to the research process, as well as more credible reporting in the field of corruption and organized crime. What makes this project special is that local public broadcasters are involved as well as commercial, so we included ten journalists from three local public broadcasters and four commercial in Pljevlja, Kotor, Ulcinj, Bar, and Berane, " Pejovic said. In his words, the importance of investigative journalism for all societies, especially for transition societies and developing countries, is very important, especially at the local level."Journalists researchers must change everyday life and fight for a better society, not accepting the world as it is, and this is what makes the key difference between daily journalism and investigative journalism. Promoting investigative journalism can contribute to changes in everything that needs to change in Montenegro, and in that sense, investigative journalism is the counterweight of tabloid journalism, "Pejovic pointed out. He believes that such projects should be the answer to the tabloidization of journalism in Montenegro and the strengthening of all structures that will, as he said, jointly promote the idea of investigative journalism and contribute to strengthening the fight for the rule of law and democratization of society.

CEDEM has started the implementation of the ALL IN project in cooperation with partners from six countries within the Europe for Citizens program.

According to the United Nations, three-quarters of migration has a cultural background. Culture is considered to be the most important and relevant determinant for defining the individuality of a nation, minority or even one person. The great mobility of the global population in recent decades, and especially in recent years, has caused societies to become increasingly multicultural and question the long-standing national identities of relatively homogeneous nations.

Even recent migrant waves show that when people migrate, they "carry" their culture with them and try to integrate it into a new local community. It causes changes in already established and established societies or nations on the one hand, but on the other hand, a new wave of multiculturalism has shown a sharp polarization over the issue of migration in public debate along with intolerance, xenophobia and disrespect for human rights.

The ALL IN project will raise awareness that migration is not a new phenomenon and that a deep respect and tolerance at the partnership level, consisting of different nations and individuals, influenced by different cultures, is needed.

In addition to our organization, the project is being implemented by Zasavje Regional Development Agency (Slovenia), Association for the Development of Volunteer Work Novo mesto (Slovenia), NGO Domovik (Kosovo *), Regional Association of Local Authorities of Western Macedonia (Greece), Institute for Eastern Studies (Poland), Municipality of Pegeia (Cyprus) and Foligno Association of Local Organizations (Italy).

The project is co-financed by EU funds through the Europe for Citizens program.