RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Montenegro http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/rss.html me http://www.rtcg.me/img/logo.png RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Montenegro http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/rss.html Senate supported Nikolic’s nomination for rector http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185573/senate-supported-nikolics-nomination-for-rector-.html The Senate of the University of Montenegro (UCG) elected Danilo Nikolic rector of that educational institution. ]]> The final decision over the election of Nikolic will be taken by the Managing Board at its session on Tuesday, November 28.

According to the MINA news agency, Senate supported Nikolic's election with two abstentions.

Nikolic was the only candidate for rector of the University. 

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To announce a call for appointment of a member of the RTCG Council http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185575/to-announce-a-call-for-appointment-of-a-member-of-the-rtcg-council.html The Administrative Committee decided to announce a call for appointment of a new member of the RTCG Council. ]]> The candidate shall be selected from the representatives of the University of Montenegro.

Yesterday, the Parliament, with 39 votes in favor, dismissed Nikola Vukcevic from the position of a member of the RTCG Council.

The deputies of the Forca and the Liberal Party (LP), Genci Nimanbegu and Andrija Popovic, voted against the dismissal of Vukcevic.

Vukcevic was a member of the RTCG Council since 2014, and was elected on behalf of the University of Montenegro and the UDG.

On November 15, the Administrative Committee considered it undisputed that Vukcevic gained fee for directing a documentary film  amounting 2,600 Euros, working for Galileo production Podgorica, based on a contractual relationship, and thus, according to the decision of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, violated the Law on Prevention of Corruption, in connection with the Law on National Public Broadcaster RTVCG.

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Zeljko Vukovic acquitted http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185452/zeljko-vukovic-acquitted.html The former chief city administrator Zeljko Vukovic was acquitted today of charges that he damaged the Podgorica budget for 1.66 million euros in favor of ‘’Celebic’’ company, reports TVCG. ]]> The verdict was pronounced in the Podgorica High Court before the panel of Judge Vesna Pean. Judge Pean pointed out that after the evidence was presented it was established that there was no evidence that Vukovic committed crimes that were charged against him.

 

"You saw that it’s the acquittal. The court has established that there is no evidence and we have established that there is no evidence. We will see the prosecution on the move. Upon receiving the verdict they will declare an appeal and we will respond to the appeal. We will see what the Appellate Court will prove. In any case, the first instance court made a correct and lawful decision," said Vukovic’s lawyer Zoran Piperovic.

 

"Elementary legal structure and logic are telling me that I should not comment on the ineffective verdicts, but this is what I claimed from the first day, that I acted in accordance with the Constitution and the law," Vukovic said after the pronouncement of the verdict.

 

The indictment stated that in 2012 and 2013 he did not timely decide on Celebic's appeals against the decisions of the Administration of Local Public Revenues of the Capital for payment of utility fees for the use of space on public surfaces during the construction of the Bazaar.

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Submitted proposal for Vukcevic’s dismissal http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185451/submitted-proposal-for-vukcevics-dismissal-.html The Administrative Committee today submitted to the Parliament proposal for the dismissal of Nikola Vukcevic as a member of the Council of Radio Television of Montenegro (RTCG). ]]> On October 12, the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption submitted to the Administrative Board a decision establishing that Vukcevic, as a public official, violated the Law on Prevention of Corruption in connection with the Law on National Public Broadcaster RTCG.

 

"While performing the public function, in June 2016 he gained material benefit on the basis of the Contractual relationship with the company "Galileo Production" DOO Podgorica, whose activity is the production of films, video materials and TV programs, thus subordinating public interest to private and causing a conflict of interest," the decision says.

 

According to the Law on Prevention of Corruption, Vukcevic, as a public official, was obliged to take measures to resolve conflict of interest and to report the existence of a conflict of interest to the Agency which gives an opinion on it.

 

At the session of the Administrative Committee Vukcevic stated that he directed the documentary film for the needs of independent film production, and received the intended directing/authoring fee.

 

As he said, the project was funded from independent sources and had nothing to do with the RTCG, moreover the documentary was not broadcasted on RTCG or any other TV station because it was not intended for such purpose.

 

The Agency for Prevention of Corruption, he believes, misconstrued that he made harm to public interest by mistaken and incompletely established interpellation of the factual situation.

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Airports and Montenegro Airlines are not a political issue http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185338/airports-and-montenegro-airlines-are-not-a-political-issue-.html The future of the Airports and Montenegro Airlines is not a political issue, and the Government will make a decision on these companies based on expert analysis, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System Milutin Simovic said. He also announced that the Government remains determined to build complete highway from Smokovac to Matesevo. ]]> While making a guest appearance on the TVCG Jutarnji program, Simovic said that a complete section of the highway would be built.

"We started to build the highway in order to finish it," said Deputy Prime Minister Milutin Simovic, adding that 190 million euros have been spent so far, while in the next year 210 million euros of costs are planned.

"Millions of euros are spent on the highway daily," Simovic said, adding that a large number of domestic companies and employees work on the motorway. For the second part of the route, the government  is looking for a new financing model, which could be a private-public partnership Simovic added.

"I am sure that we will succeed in that, it is favorable that Serbia is determined to implement this project," Simovic said, adding that the motorway is an important driver of economic growth.

"Critics can remain in their position, and those who believed them now are left to believe more in what they see," Simovic said.

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Path to NATO full of thorns http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185337/path-to-nato-full-of-thorns-.html Joining of the Western Balkan countries to the NATO alliance guarantees the stability of the region, and the progress is visible in the four countries that are trying to become members, concluded the foreign ministers of Croatia and Montenegro at the conference "NATO enlargement to the Western Balkans" organized by the Croatian Atlantic Council Zagreb . ]]> Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic stated as extremely important that the region continued to focus on the European Union and NATO.

"There is no alternative, everything else leads to stagnation and a nightmare," said Darmanovic, who declared his country's entry into the pact as the greatest foreign-political success since proclaiming independence.

Montenegro's membership in the alliance has already brought "tangible benefits" by further stabilizing the Western Balkans and improving the country's economic climate.

"These are the first contributions, and the best is yet to come," said Darmanovic, who thanked Croatia for its assistance in the process of Montenegro's accession to NATO.

"You shared your knowledge and experience with us and you were with us every step of the way. Your attitude is the best example of good neighborly relations," Darmanovic stressed.

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On Sindjelic’s extradition after the end of the trial http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185239/on-sindjelics-extradition-after-the-end-of-the-trial.html The High Court has not yet ruled on Croatia's request for the extradition of associates in the case of attempted terrorism on the day of the election Sasa Sindjelic whom the country is claiming for the murder sentence for the act committed in that country, spokeswoman of the High Court Aida Muzurovic said to TVCG (Television of Montenegro). ]]> TVCG finds that the High Court will decide on the request for extraditiononly after Sindjelic completes giving evidence and the Prosecution eventually issue a decision to suspend the proceedings in Montenegro.

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No austerity measures in 2018 http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185238/no-austerity-measures-in-2018.html Despite fiscal consolidation measures, which are not popular anywhere, Montenegro has managed to maintain a competitive tax environment, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said. He added that in 2018 the Government would not introduce new measures of fiscal consolidation. ]]> "We achieved the highest state priority in 2017 from the restoration of independence - Montenegro became a member of NATO. We have successfully continued EU integration." EU accession helps us strengthen institutions and increase competitiveness, "Markovic said at a meeting with the Council of Foreign Investors of Montenegro (SSICG).

The real growth of the Montenegrin economy is well above the planned level, Markovic said, adding that the growth is "an exceptional 5.1 percent and among the highest in Europe".

"Our results are recognized by the most important international institutions that assess progress in strengthening the country's macroeconomic stability, improving credit rating and competitiveness, and GDP growth, employment and social security," Markovic said.

He also states that economic policy measures of 41st government have achieved outstanding results in the economic and development plan in the past year.

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Montenegro progressed in the fight against terrorism http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185141/montenegro-progressed-in-the-fight-against-terrorism-.html Montenegro, as a NATO member, has greater responsibility in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, but also enjoys greater support from the United States in these efforts, said US Ambassador to Podgorica Margaret Ann Uyehara. ]]> She said this at a conference on the implementation of Montenegrin criminal legislation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism that is being held in Budva.

The aim of the conference is to consider the importance of amending the Criminal Code in the field of terrorism, violent extremism and the participation of Montenegrin citizens in foreign battle fields.

Uyehara said that, almost daily, events reminded that the fight against terrorism must continue with resilience and determination.

"By adapting criminal legislation, Montenegro has already established a solid legislative framework for prosecuting individuals involved in fighting on foreign battle fields. The next step is to use traditional criminal justice tools, such as assets confiscation and undercover operations to stop terrorists before they strike," the US ambassador said, reports the TVCG.

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Optimism based on results http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/185140/optimism-based-on-results.html The Government's results so far give the right to believe that we can reach more quickly the living standards of the most developed countries in Europe, and therefore I remain convinced that the reasons for optimism are based on the results, and that the best days for Montenegro are yet to come, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said. ]]> In his statement to the newspaper "Pogled", prior to the anniversary of the government's work, Markovic said that the challenges facing Montenegro are not linked to the mandate of a single government, "but it is part of a wider process that has opened and stimulated our economy over the past years, and this process gained a special momentum after the restoration of state independence. "

"The government I run, relying on the already achieved strategic political priorities, for the past 11 months has been fully devoted to the dynamism of economic growth, which will equally encompass every region of Montenegro, but also all segments of society," the prime minister said.

He said that the Government managed to create preconditions for further growth of employment in the short term, facilitate and provide the opportunity for balanced development and restore confidence in the Montenegrin economy.

Markovic assessed that the Government, in continuity and already confirmed methods, is working on strengthening the environment for the development of the economy, as well as providing opportunities for success for all who are ready to try entrepreneurship and business.

Markovic emphasized that new and better jobs are a result of a favorable economic environment.

"According to administrative data on employment, the average number of employees in the first seven months of this year was over 183,000 persons, which is almost 7,000 employees.

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To make the region safer http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184836/to-make-the-region-safer.html Croatian, Albanian and Montenegrin Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic, Srdjan Darmanovic and Ditmir Bushati, at the second meeting of the Adriatic trilateral, discuss security challenges, as well as cooperation, especially in energy, tourism and protection of the Adriatic. ]]> At the opening of the meeting, the ministers welcomed Montenegro's membership in NATO, with Croatia and Albania giving great support and help.

It was also announced that in the closed part of the meeting there would be talk about exchange of experience in the process of EU accession.

Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic reminded that Montenegro, since the last meeting in Split, "has achieved the goal and became a member of NATO."

"It was up to us to do the most, but we could not achieve this without the help of our friends, such as Albania and Croatia, and now we meet here for the first time as three NATO members. Defense and security is one of the topics we are about to discuss today. We have to talk about how we will make the region safer in this politically complicated time. On the other hand, at the table, we have two countries that are not EU members, and I think that there is a need to exchange views on what we can do to help each other , and Croatia's experience on this road is valuable to us, " Darmanovic said.

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I have nothing to do with the murder in Croatia http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184837/i-have-nothing-to-do-with-the-murder-in-croatia.html Cooperative witness Sasa Sindjelic, at today's trial for attempted terrorism, said that he had nothing to do with the murder in Croatia, saying he had never stayed in that country. ]]> He said that he had stored all the bought equipment in his house. Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic has said today that he never stated that Serbia and Russia were involved in this case.

"I did not say that the specialists of the GRU should come but nationalist commandos," Katnic said.

The trial will continue on November 22.

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Voters' lists completed http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184707/voters-lists-completed.html Voters' lists are completed ahead of the November 26 local elections in Cetinje, Mojkovac, Petnjica and Tuzi, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MUP) says. ]]> The majority of voters have been enrolled in Cetinje, where 14,168 citizens would vote, or 251 less than in the October 16, 2016 elections.

There are 11,612 citizens in the voting list in Tuzi, while the previous year there were 11,381 registered citizens.

There are 7,104 citizens who are registered in the electoral register, in Mojkovac , what is 102 voters less than last year.

The municipality of Petnjica has the least registered voters - 6,202. 

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Edi was in constant communication with the DF leaders http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184706/edi-was-in-constant-communication-with-the-df-leaders-.html Cooperative witness Sasa Sindjelic said today during the trial in the case of the attempted terrorism on the election day last year, that Edi (Sismakov) was constantly in communication with the leaders of the Democratic Front. ]]> Defendant Milan Knezevic asked today the Trial Chamber to plead on the allegations Sasa Sindjelic made yesterday.

The Court held that it was not required to rule on that request.

Sineljic said in court that he had never been involved in crime.

He also stated that he did not deny all allegations before the arrests on social networks, in order to, he said, protect the arrested and the DF.

The trial will continue tomorrow at nine o'clock.

Among the accused in the case are also two Russian citizens Eduard Sismakov and Vladimir Popov, Serbian nationals Nemanja Ristic, Predrag Bogicevic and Dragan Maksic.

The indictment also includes three Montenegrin citizens - leaders of the Democratic Front (DF), Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic, as well as Mihailo Cadenovic, official of the DF, while the proceedings against the translator for the DF Ananije Nikic are conducted separately. 

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DF will seek Stankovic’s removal http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184597/df-will-seek-stankovics-removal.html Deputies of the Democratic Front (DF) will propose to the delegation club the launch of an initiative for the dismissal of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic, the Presidency of that alliance decided. ]]> Front's members made a decision after the Special State Prosecution filed and submitted to the High Court an indictment against the President of the Movement for Changes Nebojsa Medojevic and members of his group in connection with allegations of criminal organization and money laundering.

DF official, Andrija Mandic, said Stankovic was the head of the prosecution in Montenegro.

"We have repeatedly adressed him and urged him to do his job. As this has not happened, we have decided to put 18 signatures if delegation club back our proposal for the removal of Stankovic," Mandic told reporters in front of the High Court.

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"I'm not guilty, my conscience is clear" http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184595/im-not-guilty-my-conscience-is-clear.html One of the members of the RTCG Council, Nikola Vukcevic, said he saw no reason for resignation because he did not feel guilty, and his conscience, as he said, was clear. ]]> Vukcevic said this answering to the question of the member of the Administrative Board, Branko Cavor (DPS), whether he was thinking about resigning to membership in the RTCG Council.

Earlier today, the Board also allowed Vukcevic's lawyer, Nenad Guberinic, to attend the session.

Bernard Cobaj from the Department of Media and Culture at the US Embassy in Podgorica also attends the Administrative Board.

Vukcevic stated, among other things, that the decision of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (ASK) was unlawful because it was adopted on the basis of misapplication of substantive law, erroneous and incompletely established factual state.

According to him, ASK wrongly concluded that he violated the law and publicly subordinated it to private interests.

Vukcevic claims that there can be no question of conflict of interest.

"Because the fee given me as a director could not influence my impartiality in performing the functions of a member of the RTCG Council," Vukcevic explained.

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"Take advantage of the positive climate for EU enlargement" http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184466/take-advantage-of-the-positive-climate-for-eu-enlargement.html Austria vigorously supports Montenegro's EU accession and its EU Council presidency priorities in the second half of 2018 will be the enlargement of the Union to the Western Balkan countries, Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Michael Linhart said in a conversation with Minister of European Affairs Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic. ]]> Linhart assessed that Montenegro had achieved good results in the negotiation process.

 

"He pointed out that the new EU enlargement atmosphere is very positive, as confirmed by recent statements by some Union officials and member states. In this context, he stressed that it is important to use a positive climate and, in particular, the upcoming Accelerated Membership Strategy, as well as the summit in Sofia to intensify the accession process," the Ministry of European Affairs (MEP) said.

 

Pejovic said that good EU messages are a strong motive for intensifying reforms, both in Montenegro and in the countries of the region.

 

"He thanked in particular for the support of Austria at the political, but also the expert level, with regard to the volume and number of trainings and experts Vienna made available to Montenegro through European and bilateral funds. In this regard, he informed Deputy Minister Linhart about the status of negotiations in chapters, expectations from the upcoming Intergovernmental Conference and plans to open the remaining chapters,"the ministry said.

 

As it was announced, the interlocutors exchanged views on the results of the Berlin Process, expressing satisfaction with the results of projects in the field of infrastructure and energy connectivity.

 

"Bearing in mind the importance and dificulty of the chapter on the environment, as well as the domain of the digital agenda, the interlocutors discussed the possibility of including funds that the EU has opted for the Western Balkans into these domains," the MEP said.

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Economic growth will continue http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184465/economic-growth-will-continue.html Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System Milutin Simovic said that the Government of Montenegro is determined to continue with dynamic and sustainable economic growth and achieving the vision of the progress of the entire society and improving the quality of life of all citizens. ]]> At a press conference where the Proposal of the Budget Law for 2018 adopted by the Government at yesterday's session was presented, Simovic said that the budget was adopted after the first year of conducting financial consolidation and achieved encouraging results on improving the stability of the financial sector, as well as the achieved significant growth of our economy.

 

"Encouraged by the achieved, we are determined to continue with dynamic and sustainable economic growth and achieving the vision of the progress of our entire society and improving the quality of life of all citizens. The achieved economic growth at the highest rate in the region and among the highest in Europe is an incentive, but the task is more and more challenging for the next budget year,"Simovic said.

 

According to him, Montenegro's economic development is aimed at diversifying the economy, changing its structure, opening up new companies, increasing employment, increasing competitiveness based on greater innovation and strengthening export opportunities.

 

"Our important goal and growing need is the development of human resources, the improvement of education, the establishment and promotion of a knowledge society, the growth of entrepreneurship, support for innovations and new technologies," Simovic said.

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We will find the solution for the MontenegroAirlines http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184365/we-will-find-the-solution-for-the-montenegroairlines-.html Minister of Transport Osman Nurkovic said that there is no dilemma that Smokovac interchange was not a part of the first stage and was not part of the contract. ]]> “The the design of the project documentation was contractual obligation of the contractor,  because the project document has to define how to get from the existing road to the highway, "said Nurkovic, stating that the works are being successfully carried out on the entire section, on all bridges and tunnels.

As a guest in the Morning Program of the TVCG, he said that proper valorization of the first section, was already in consideration.

"Its valorization will properly valorized if the construction is continued on the next section from Matasheva to Andrijevica. I think we have a real chance to regulate this through a contract this while the works on this section are being carried out," Nurkovic said.

Speaking about MontenegroAirlines , Minister Nurkovic said that the Government will find the most acceptable solution to keep the company alive.

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We need a civic block http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/184366/we-need-a-civic-block.html In Montenegro there is a need for the formation of a wide, informal civic block, which aim is to create a social environment for free, secret, direct and regular elections, without the abuses of state resources and political corruption, the Civic Initiative "For Us" says. ]]> It is stated that the idea of forming this block, in which personalities that are not active in the political process are involved, will be brought to an end by the "group of free-spirited citizens, mostly publicly recognized activists, intellectuals and other social factors".

Professor Djordjije Blazic, one of the initiators of the idea, said they recognized all the apathy of the political, economic and overall social condition.

"Today it is clear to everyone that Montenegro is in a serious institutional crisis of the highest constitutional and legitimate body - the Assembly, and neither the authorities nor the opposition have any intention of resolving it in Constitutional way," Blazic said.

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