European Commission to Call Government and Parliament to respect the Law on Public Broadcasting Service (RTCG)

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We invite the European Commission to, more vigorously than so far, call upon Government of Montenegro and Parliament of Montenegro to respect the letter and spirit of the Law on public broadcasting services of RTCG.

Proceedings, from mostly bizarre reasons that are formal in nature, that in urgent procedure lead to resolvement in such a Parliament refer to the members of the Council who have indicated a certain level of resistance and contributed to RTCG making first significant steps on the path to establishing a truly public service.

Proposal of the Union of Employers that, on behalf of them, a member of Council of RTCG becomes director of a state enterprise, a party official for decades, basically until yesterday a councillor of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and member of Municipal Committee of DPS in Bar, testifies of proportions of party control over various segments of Montenegrin society on detriment of public interest.

Continuous restriction of space for action and influence of critically oriented non-governmental organizations, campaign against Council of RTCG, suspension of work of professional organizations – are only a tip of the iceberg of a systematic resistance of this government to every alternative in the society and the country, which in no manner corresponds to current phase in the negotiation process of Montenegro with the EU, or to the rhetorical advocacy for democratization of society.

Ana Novakovic, Executive Director, Centre for Development of Non-Governmental Organizations (CDNGO)
Daliborka Uljarevic, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education (CCE)
Vanja Calovic, Executive Director, Network for Affirmation of Non-Governmental Sector (MANS)
Stevo Muk, President of MB, Institute Alternative (IA)
Zlatko Vujovic, President of MB, Centre for Monitoring and Research (CEMI)

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